Judge Posts Season Best Total At Dragon Trophy

Dillon Judge has finished seventh at the Dragon Trophy in Ljubljana, Slovenia this weekend notching up his top combined score so far this season.

In the short programme, Judge began with a triple Salchow on which he had to save the landing and was therefore unable to add a jump for a combination as he normally would. He then fell on an attempted triple Lutz. He regained his composure and performed a Level 2 change foot camel spin. He subsequently executed a Level 4 change foot combination spin, a double Axel and a Level 4 flying sit spin in succession all of which garnered positive marks from the judging panel. He concluded with a Level 2 step sequence and received a segment score of 48.09 points which had him in eighth place overnight.

Judge opened the free skating with a triple toe loop and a triple Lutz, the latter on which he had a step out. He went to land a single Axel-double Axel jump sequence and reeled off a Level 4 flying sit spin. As in the short, a planned triple Salchow-double toe loop combination caused him difficulty and this time he was only able to add a single toe loop. Later on in the routine, he landed a clean triple Salchow. His change foot camel spin, step sequence and change foot combination spin all were awarded Level 3. His free score of 90.39 points gave him a season best total of 138.48 points and moved him up one place in the standings.