Sunday, January 16, 2011

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 7 Days!

Grant Hochstein (St Clair Shores FSC)

  • 2009 US Nationals Jr. 4th place
  • 2009  Jr. Grand Prix Final 5th place
  • 2010 US Nationals 7th
  • 2010 US Collegiate Championships Champion
  • 2010 Skate Canada 10th

At only 20, Grant is relatively young for a male figure skater and still has plenty of time to mature before the next Olympic run in 2014 for Sochi. For the few programs that I've seen of his, he seems to struggle with technical consistency, but he does have a lovely lyrical quality to his skating and maturity as a performer. In terms of scoring, his Skate Canada numbers put him 2nd to last in the short program among US senior men who competed internationally. However, his free skate scores and total scores put him much higher in the rankings near the likes of Keegan Messing, Jason Brown, and Ross Miner. He made an impressive senior national debut last season at 7th and he'll look to improve upon that in Greensboro by placing in the top 6.

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