Patrick Chan apparently absolutely killed it in the short program at the world championships today in Moscow. He beat Evgeny Plushenko's short program record with a 93.02. The best part of that was that he did it with Plushy watching from the stands. How bad does everyone feel for Takahiko Kozuka for having to follow that? I cannot wait to get home and watch later.
Nobunari Oda had some technical flaws but was able to hold on for second place with 81.81. Twelve points behind Chan. World champion Daisuke Takahashi's short was also reportedly amazing (more than one of the people I follow on Twitter mentioned tearing up at his performance), but he was 13 points behind Chan. Per Twitter, the audience was stunned, so maybe there is a downgrade or something that no one caught while the performance went on. Also, not having a quad put him at a serious disadvantage. The home country's Artur Gachinski is only a couple of points behind Takahashi in fourth place.
Not looking particularly competitive for the free skate, but obviously worth watching to see if Chan can lay down another record-breaking performance!
As for the Americans, they are all hanging out together on the island of lost world championship spots. Judging by the scores, they were pretty evenly mediocre. Ah, well.