|The fall begins. He is rotating clockwise.|
|He reflexively reaches to the ice even as his body continues to rotate.|
In a less experienced skater, this could result in a broken wrist.
|Years of training take over. He doesn't put his palm on the ice in the fall.|
Instead, he keeps his wrist off the ice,and uses the lower part of his arm
above the wrist for bracing.
|He hits the ice hard. But look, his head and upper shoulders|
are well off the ice. As hard as he hit, that takes a lot of strength,
experience and quick reflexes.
Sadly here, it looks like he hit his kidney. This was no ordinary fall.
|Good reflexes in keeping his head from hitting the boards.|
Props to him for finishing his program.
Unlike Johnny Weir at 2003 Nationals who seemed to lose the will to skate after a fall, then fell again.