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Big free skate boosts Douglas Razzano to sixth in U.S. Championships

Douglas Razzano in the free skate at TD Garden.
Douglas Razzano in the free skate at TD Garden.
Scott Mammoser

It was the skate of a lifetime for Douglas Razzano.

The 25 year old from Chandler who represents the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona scored a 157.25 free skate, the fifth-highest of Sunday’s competition in Boston, to place sixth in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships men’s event.

“I’ve been so prepared for this competition, and to skate the way I did was so rewarding,” Razzano said. “I couldn’t be prouder of what I did today. Whether I’m on the team or not, I’m so pleased.”

Razzano’s best showing at Nationals came two years ago in San Jose when he finished fifth, but he dropped to 12th last year. This was his seventh year as a senior competitor.

After a rocky first triple Axel, Razzano received a minor deduction on his quad toeloop before mastering a triple Lutz, triple Salchow and triple loop, all to the legendary soundtrack of Giacomo Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma.”

“This is the Olympic season,” he said, “and you have to go big if you want to make a statement to these judges and officials, basically say ‘I want to be on this Olympic team, and I’m going to do whatever I can.’”

In the end, it was Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown, the top two finishers, whom the committee decided to send to Sochi, but it was an unforgettable afternoon, nevertheless.

“Through the highs and the lows, I wouldn’t change a thing,” Razzano added. “We’ve traveled the world, I’ve seen up, I’ve seen down, and it’s been a wonderful journey.”

His coach, former Canadian Olympian in pairs Doug Ladret, was overcome with emotion after Razzano’s free skate.

“We’ve been together a long time, and I wanted that moment for him for a long time,” Ladret said choking up. “Knowing how much work he puts into things, how many times he’s been tripped up, he’s done a great job. So many times he does 99 percent, but everybody else does 100 percent. This time it was great to see the audience stand on their feet. When I skated that was what I skated for, to prove to my partner I did my job, if the audience stood up, that was golden.”