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Chandler's Douglas Razzano in seventh after short program at Nationals

Douglas Razzano takes the ice in Boston.
Douglas Razzano takes the ice in Boston.
Scott Mammoser

Douglas Razzano, of Chandler and Scottsdale’s Coyotes Skating Club, is in seventh position after Friday night’s short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, scoring a 75.18.

The 25-year-old will attempt to be one of the two men the delegation sends to the Sochi Games with a strong showing in Sunday’s free skate.

“I was the best prepared I’ve ever been,” Razzano said. “I was anxious to get going, I kind of wish I competed yesterday, but I was very calm, tried to very methodical and so much relied on my training because it’s been so good. You want that calmness because it’s a result of what you’ve done leading up to it. I think I benefited from that today, there were a few things I would like to clean up for Sunday, but as a whole I’m very pleased with what I did today.”

Razzano executed his first triple Axel, but couldn’t completely finish his quad toe loop, touching the ice.

“On my feet all the way around, just a little step around, today I’ll take it, Sunday I want a perfect one,” he said of his quad.

After his quad attempt, he went through his camel spin and a triple-triple toe loop before a step sequence, sit spin and combination spin.

“Compared to what Douglas can do in practice, it may be a little off in what he can do in competition, where nerves get to him,” his coach Doug Ladret said. “This was a good recovery from last year’s Nationals. No matter what he did, he’s still going to think about last year, so this is a good step up for him.”

Last season, Razzano finished 12th in the national championships after a fifth-place result in 2012 at San Jose.

Jeremy Abbott leads the men with a 99.86, and he will go for his fourth national crown at 10:50 a.m. MT Sunday on NBC. Razzano will be the 11th of 19 men to skate.

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