EVERETT, Washington – Canadian skaters are well behind after Friday’s short programs in men’s and pairs at Skate America, the first stop on the ISU figure skating circuit.

Nathan Chen of the U.S. leads the men’s event with 90.58 points followed by Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic in second at 82.09 and Julian Zhi jie Yee of Malaysia third at 81.52.

Nam Nguyen of Toronto stands in ninth spot and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., is 12th.

“I felt a little nervous going into the short program,” said Nguyen, who opened the season with a first place finish at the 2018 U.S. Classic International last month. “I tried my best to control it but that translated in me being slow on the ice. Hopefully I can be a little bit snappier in the free.”

In pairs, Russians are 1-2 after the short program. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov lead with 71.24 and Alisa Efimova and Alexander Korovin are second at 62.38. Minerva Fabienne Hase and Nolan Seegert of Germany are third at 60.04.

Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., are eighth as they made their Grand Prix debut. They were sixth at the world juniors last season.

“We didn’t have the best skate we wanted to,” said Michaud. “It’s a huge learning experience for us being here and overall it’s been great so far.”

Competition continues Saturday with the men’s and pairs free skates and the short program in ice dancing and women’s singles.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1819/gpusa2018/