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FS: Short Programs: Top 6 highest scoring SP’s of all time

While the 2014/2015 figure skating season is technically not over, there is still the upcoming World Team Trophy event, I consider the competitive season done after Worlds.  Under the new scoring system, I decided to review the top 6 short program scores of all time (as of April 6, 2015) and see what I thought.  There is not much to analyze as these programs were skated almost to perfection (ok, pure perfection in the case of #1 short program: Yuzu at Olympics) so I just put them all together here for pure enjoyment of skating.

Note: these scores are the top six scores achieved in ISU sanctioned events only.  Any short program scores obtained in National Championships are not counted.

#6.  Sixth highest short program score of all time goes to Denis Ten.  97.61

This score was received by Denis just recently at the 2015 Four Continents Championship in Seoul, Korea.  The music selection is an excellent choice for Denis and his style of skating.  While I enjoyed his effortless technical elements in this dramatic program, and the choreography that goes with the crescendoes of the music, the overall program package does not have that “wow” factor that I like to see.  But, congrats to Denis for this achievement!  Here is a look at his 97.61 short program at 4CC:

Denis Ten:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th-Ib1FZYsg

#5.  Fifth spot goes to Tatsuki Machida.  His score of 98.21 led the short program scores at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan.  This was Tatsuki’s first and only World Championship appearance.  I’m going to miss his unique double scull entrance into his quad toe and am very happy I was able to see him skate live before he retired, at 2014 Skate America.

Tatsuki Machida:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMUB-xWknN8

#4.  Fourth highest short program score of all time goes to Patrick Chan.  He scored 98.37 at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario, Canada.  This took place in March 2013 so when the commentators say this is the highest short program score ever, yet Patrick shows up in the #3 spot below in the same year with a higher score, note that 2013 TEB does not occur until Nov 2013 (same year but new skating season).  The speed that Patrick skates this program is incredible!  While I am a Yuzu fan first, I am very excited for Patrick Chan to be back next season!  It’s going to be amazing watching Yuzu and Patrick go head to head.  Hopefully they get assigned to a Grand Prix event together before the Grand Prix Final.

Patrick Chan:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uinNHFfXHyg

#3.  Third highest spot also goes to Patrick Chan.  The score was 98.52.   This was achieved at the 2013 Grand Prix event Trophee Eric Bompard.  This was at the start of the Olympic season (2013/2014).  A beautiful program skated by Patrick.  The one thing I noticed after watching this program a couple of times is that Patrick doesn’t seem to get a lot of height on his triple axel in this particular performance.  That triple axel seems to be his nemesis jump.

Patrick Chan:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM-CMSdVZbQ

#2.  The number two spot overall is Yuzuru Hanyu!  Yuzu scored 99.84 at the 2013 Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan.  The look of surprise on his face and Brian Orsers face in the Kiss and Cry when the scores are announced is priceless!  I love Jeffrey Buttle’s choreography for this program.  If you watch earlier versions of the program, over time, you will see how the program develops artistically, and how Yuzu gets more and more comfortable with the cool, sexy vibe that he shows us in the program.

Yuzuru Hanyu:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpBfZ8-QPro

#1. The number one score of all time belongs to Yuzuru Hanyu!!  Everyone who follows figure skating knows what 101.45 means!!  Yuzu earned this score on the biggest stage possible, at the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.  Not only is it the highest short program score in ISU history, it has also been recognized in the Guiness World Book of Records.  The choreography is by Jeffrey Buttle and is simply fabulous!  He takes Yuzu and transforms him into a “rock star” as Kurt Browning called him.  Every beat of the music is accounted for and Yuzu adds his own personality to the program and it oozes coolness!  The jump layout is more challenging as Yuzu puts 2 of the jump passes in the second half of the program in order to gain bonus marks.  I hope Yuzu does something up tempo and catchy like this program again in the future.

Yuzuru Hanyu:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk6qrBrqAqo

Guiness World Book of Records:

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All stats and scores are from the ISU official site

Source:  http://www.isuresults.com/isujsstat/o100mto.htm

Here is a look at the results sorted by the SHORT PROGRAM scores.  Interesting to note that Yuzu has 3 of the top 10 SP scores of all time.  As skaters continue to push the boundaries of what is possible, it will be interesting to see what this chart will look like after the next 3 years.

Name Nat. Event Date SP FS   Total
Yuzuru HANYU JPN XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 23.02.2014 101.45 178.64 280.09
Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU Grand Prix Final 2013/14 08.12.2013 99.84 193.41 293.25
Patrick CHAN CAN ISU GP Trophee Bompard 2013 17.11.2013 98.52 196.75 295.27
Patrick CHAN CAN World Championships 2013 17.03.2013 98.37 169.41 267.78
Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN ISU World Championships 2014 30.03.2014 98.21 184.05 282.26
Denis TEN KAZ ISU Four Continents Championships 2015 15.02.2015 97.61 191.85 289.46
Patrick CHAN CAN XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 23.02.2014 97.52 178.10 275.62
Javier FERNANDEZ ESP ISU World Championships 2014 30.03.2014 96.42 179.51 275.93
Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN ISU GP NHK Trophy 2013 10.11.2013 95.55 172.76 268.31
Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU GP Trophee Bompard 2013 17.11.2013 95.37 168.22 263.59

Here is the same list of results from the ISU site with the Top 10 sorted by the best LONG PROGRAM scores: Yuzu has 3 scores in the top 10.

Name Nat. Event Date SP FS   Total
Patrick CHAN CAN ISU GP Trophee Bompard 2013 17.11.2013 98.52 196.75 295.27
Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU Grand Prix Final 2014/15 14.12.2014 94.08 194.08 288.16
Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU Grand Prix Final 2013/14 08.12.2013 99.84 193.41 293.25
Patrick CHAN CAN ISU Grand Prix Final 2013/14 08.12.2013 87.47 192.61 280.08
Denis TEN KAZ ISU Four Continents Championships 2015 15.02.2015 97.61 191.85 289.46
Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU World Championships 2014 30.03.2014 91.24 191.35 282.59
Patrick CHAN CAN World Championships 2011 01.05.2011 93.02 187.96 280.98
Javier FERNANDEZ ESP European Championships 2013 27.01.2013 88.8 186.07 274.87
Patrick CHAN CAN Four Continents Championships 2012 12.02.2012 87.95 185.99 273.94
Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN ISU World Championships 2014 30.03.2014 98.21 184.05 282.26

And finally, here are the top 10 scores sorted in order of TOTAL SCORE overall:  Again, Yuzu has 4 of the top 10 scores of all time.  With Patrick and Yuzu going head to head again, I think next season could be the year that we see 300!!

Name Nat. Event Date SP FS   Total
Patrick CHAN CAN ISU GP Trophee Bompard 2013 17.11.2013 98.52 196.75 295.27
Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU Grand Prix Final 2013/14 08.12.2013 99.84 193.41 293.25
Denis TEN KAZ ISU Four Continents Championships 2015 15.02.2015 97.61 191.85 289.46
Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU Grand Prix Final 2014/15 14.12.2014 94.08 194.08 288.16
Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU World Championships 2014 30.03.2014 91.24 191.35 282.59
Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN ISU World Championships 2014 30.03.2014 98.21 184.05 282.26
Patrick CHAN CAN World Championships 2011 01.05.2011 93.02 187.96 280.98
Yuzuru HANYU JPN XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 23.02.2014 101.45 178.64 280.09
Patrick CHAN CAN ISU Grand Prix Final 2013/14 08.12.2013 87.47 192.61 280.08
Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN ISU World Team Trophy 2012 22.04.2012 94 182.72 276.72
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5 comments on “FS: Short Programs: Top 6 highest scoring SP’s of all time

  1. xibsuarz
    April 11, 2015

    Amazing post as always! I always wanted a list like this in the men’s field considering how the guys keep pushing the sport. I just have a question. I remember Yuzu scored over 97 points at the Team Event in Sochi, why is it not in the top 10 SP? Because there was no FS? Thanks in advance for clearing that up ^_^

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    • sportymags
      April 11, 2015

      HI: The results list from the ISU is based on the “mens singles” event. The Olympic “team” event is considered a different event altogether, and not part of the mens singles skating records. I suspect the ISU will start another area of recording keeping for the “team” event scores after a couple of Olympics. To answer the second part of your question, if he had achieved the 97+ score in the mens singles event and only skated his SP and perhaps withdrew and didn’t skate the FS, the SP score still would have counted in the list of top ##. Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting!!

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      • xibsuarz
        April 11, 2015

        Thank you so much for your help! And if it’s not to much to ask, does WTT fall within the same category as the Olympic Team Event, or it takes part in the rest of the events? I’m sorry I’m asking so much, but since this is the first post I come across about a list of highest scores and not just THE highest score, a lot of questions popped up for me. Once again, thank you so much! ^^

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      • sportymags
        April 11, 2015

        I’m not 100% sure for WTT but if the ISU is consistent, then another score of 100 by Yuzu again at WTT would NOT make it to the list. : ) The ISU seems to make the distinction between “team” event versus a score obtained in an “individual” event in their record books and doesn’t combine the results. I haven’t even seen the ISU keep track of previous WTT scores on their site…so I suspect it wouldn’t count. Good questions!

        Edit: I did read somewhere though that scores do count towards a skaters’ “seasons best”, however, lets see if ISU is consistent in their interpretation of what makes their top scores list since this is still a “team” event.

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      • xibsuarz
        April 11, 2015

        Yeah, Daisuke Takahashi’s PB is actually from WTT. I really hope they do count these scores towards the record list because Yuzuru seems pretty decided to nail the event after what happened at Worlds. Only to Yuzu (and Patrick) would a silver medal be a bad thing, maybe that’s one of the reasons why they’re on top, the competitive drive. I hope he’s healthy enough to give a performance he can be satisfied with. Thank you for your kind help!

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