Japan's Tatsuki Machida won the Skate America short program Friday night, outpacing Americans Jason Brown and Adam Rippon at Joe Louis Arena.
Machida scored 91.18 points to open the men's competition in the first ISU Grand Prix event of the season. Brown was second at 83.78, and Rippon third at 80.26.
Six of eight skaters fell on quad jump attempts in the mistake-filled session. Only Brown and Machida skated cleanly, but Brown did not attempt a quad.
Machida was the only one to land all of his quad attempts, making a statement by cleanly landing his opening quad toe loop. Machida's skate — to "East of Eden" — was powerful, clean, and highlighted by the height of his jumps.