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Wednesday, December 07, 2005


From ninth to fourth Mabee going strong at NHK Trophy
Christopher Mabee performs during the Men's Free Skating event in the NHK Trophy figure skating
competition in Osaka,western Japan, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005. Mabee finished fourth place in the event. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
OSAKA, Japan (CP) - Perhaps Chris Mabee should leave his exhibition music at home more often.
The skater from Tillsonburg, Ont., jumped from ninth place to finish fourth at the NHK Trophy event Sunday, performing five triple jumps in his free routine.
He hadn't expected to finish so high in Japan, and so he left his exhibition numbers at home. The 20-year-old had to do a repeat performance of his free routine in the exhibition, the show that caps the competition, reserved for the top four finishers.
The announcer had to tell the audience why they were seeing the same routine twice.
"I saw it was a really strong field so I thought, 'Leave the show music at home,"' Mabee said.
Japan's Nabunari Oda overcame an early tumble to beat an inspired performance by Evan Lysacek of the United States to win. Third went to overnight leader Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, who was hurt by errors throughout his routine.
Ben Ferreira of Edmonton moved up from 10th to finish sixth.
Mabee opened his free routine well with a triple loop and a triple Axel. He stumbled on a triple flip but rebounded with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop.
He fell on his second attempt on a triple flip but finished strong earning 117.10 points for the free program, topping his previous best score of 104.80 at Skate America.
Mabee hopes he can continue to improve heading into the Canadian championships. He was fifth last season.
"It is definitely a confidence booster. We have a couple of things we have to work out but it is a step in the right direction," Mabee said.
Earlier in the week, Marie-France Dubreuil of Montreal and Patrice Lauzon of Boisbriand, Que., captured the ice dance event to qualify for the Grand Prix Final in Tokyo in two weeks.
They hope to use the free routine with the casual yet romantic theme to do better than the fifth-and sixth-place finishes they have had since their first GP Final in Tokyo in 2001.
Canadian men are well represented again with Emanuel Sandhu, who has two Grand Prix victories this season, and Jeff Buttle, who has a first-and a second-place finish. Sandhu and Buttle didn't compete in Osaka as they have already qualified for the Grand Prix Final.
No Canadian women competed in the NHK Trophy and none qualified for the GP Final directly, although Joannie Rochette, who was the surprise bronze medallist last year, is still hoping for a berth.
Rochette is the first alternate for the Grand Prix Final.

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