2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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Andrew Torgashev is taking little time moving up through the ranks.  The thirteen-year-old skater from Coral Springs, FL was the Intermediate champion in 2013, the pewter medalist in Novice in 2014, and this year the Junior champion, winning with two senior quality performances.   He scored a total of 225.24 points, enough to have placed him tenth in Senior Men.  His winning score was 31.88 points ahead of silver medalist Kevin Shum, and he scored nearly 100 points more than the 11th (last) place finisher!

In the Free Skate (“Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo) Torgashev landed seven triples, the most one can fit into a Junior Free Skate in the absence of a triple Axel.  In addition, he achieved level four for all spins and steps.  His two flips were called for edge attention, but were other wise so well executed neither received any negative GoEs, and one even received a plus two from one judge.  His components were also senior quality averaging 7.56.  It was a masterful, mature performance.