Palo Alto’s Vincent Zhou had to skate flawlessly Friday in his long program at the junior World Championships in Taiwan.
Zhou, 16, didn’t miss in an arresting performance to a “Casablanca”-themed program, rallying from fifth place to become the world champion. Zhou’s commanding finish included a quadruple lutz and two quadruple salchows — one in combination with a triple salchow — two triple axels and four triple jumps.
The U.S. senior silver medal winner scored 179.24 points for a total of 258.11 points to roll past runner-up Dmitri Aliev, who led the Russians to second-, third- and fourth-place finishes.
It wasn’t just Zhou’s jumping. He looked elegant with Level 4 footwork while wearing a white top coat and black pants.