Longshot wins as Goebel falls to sixth

first_img “I can land almost everything,” he said in halting English when asked how he beat France’s Brian Joubert and Napierville, Ill., native Evan Lysacek, both of whom have more impressive international credentials. Takahashi landed seven triple jumps and displayed strong footwork to amass 218.54 points. Lysacek, the 2005 world bronze medalist who now lives and trains in El Segundo, was second at 193.71. Lysacek had been third behind Takahashi and Joubert in the free skate. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi couldn’t have chosen a better time to make his mark in the skating world. Tim Goebel picked a strange time to slip up. Ranked 15th in the world and an extreme outsider entering Skate America, Takahashi won the men’s event in sweeping fashion. He clearly was the best performer Friday night in the free skate, just as he was the previous day in the short program. “I think I did the best I can do right now,” she said, “and hopefully it will get better every competition. I’m satisfied with today’s program.” Heading into tonight’s free skate, Sokolova led Japan’s Yoshie Onda 57.94 points to 53.98. American Alissa Czisny, who replaced Cohen, was third at 52.82. Emily Hughes, younger sister of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes, was eighth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Joubert, the 2004 world runner-up, had 190.28 points. The opening competition of the Grand Prix series was a disaster for Goebel. The 2002 Olympic bronze medalist barely completed any elements in his free skate and wound up sixth. “I have no explanation, I don’t know what to say,” Goebel said. On the women’s side, Russia’s Elena Sokolova, coming off a poor season but considered slightly below the top rank of skaters, won the short program by nearly four points. After American stars Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen withdrew from the Grand Prix series opener because of injuries, Sokolova was left as the favorite. She didn’t disappoint with a flowing, clean program to Puccini’s “Turandot.” last_img read more