Unlike in golf, breaking 95 is a very rare achievement in figure skating when it comes to the score for your short program. Well, that's what Daisuke Takahashi just did at the Japanese nationals:
He wasn't satisfied with his step sequence, he said in interviews afterward, but he nailed his quad (in a quad-triple combo!) and was awesome on his other jumps, as well. Ended up earning himself a 96.05, over 10 points ahead of his nearest pursuer (Kozuka) and over 20 points ahead of his next-closest competitor (Hanyu)!
I'm hoping Takahashi skates great in his long program, because I'd love to see him eclipse the hyper-inflated score Patrick Chan beat him with at the ISU Grand Prix, where Chan actually extended his lead on Dai-chan despite bringing his C-game to the free skate. Everyone watching thought that Dai-chan completed outskated Chan when the chips were down and that the only question was whether Chan's huge lead from the short program would hold up against Dai-chan's onslaught. Instead.... Well, just watch. I still can't write about it....
First, Dai-chan's challenge:
Then, Chan's response:
Dai-chan wuz robbed, I tellz yuh!
Now let's hear the commentary in English, first for Takahashi:
Then, for Chan:
What do you think?