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.