February 9, 2013
Kevin Reynolds earns gold at Four Continents
By QMI Agency
Canadian figure skater Kevin Reynolds delivered a huge performance Saturday to earn a come-from-behind victory at the Four Continents tournament in Osaka, Japan.
The Coquitlam, B.C., resident entered the long program in sixth place but landed three quadruple jumps to give him a personal best 250.55 points and the gold medal.
"I didn't expect this at all," the 22-year-old said. "I thought I could come back and be in medal range but this completely surpassed my expectations."
Reynolds finished ahead of Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan in second with 246.38 points and Han Yan of China in third with 235.22.
In spite of the win, Reynolds is keeping things in perspective ahead of next month's world championships in London, Ont.
"My previous best at worlds was 11th and at the start of this season my objective was to crack the top-six," Reynolds said. "I'm going to stick to that goal."
Andrei Rogozine of Richmond Hill, Ont., placed 10th Saturday and Elladj Balde of Pierrefonds, Que., was 18th.
On the women's side, Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Nfld., sits eighth, Amelie Lacoste of Delson, Que., ninth and Julianne Seguin of Longueuil, Que., in her senior international debut, is 12th.