The Liberty summer competition has become an annual event for elite skaters to test new material before the fall international season. This year’s event featured world silver medalist Patrick Chan and U.S. bronze medalist Ashley Wagner.
The Liberty summer competition in Aston, Pennsylvania has become an annual event for some of the world’s elite skaters to test new material before the fall international season begins.
Here are five stand-out skaters from this year’s competition:
The two-time world silver medalist accomplished a major first at Liberty – first quad landed in competition.
In the debut of his new short program to “Take Five,” Chan opened with an effortless quad toe.
He intended to add the element last season, but a series of injuries and illnesses prevented him from competing the quad in the Olympic season.
Now, with the jump planned in both programs, Chan could be difficult to beat. His ability to weave through a charismatic short program and re-choreographed free skate make a complex scoring system seem simple. Throw in a quad and Chan is in a class with few others.