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Michal Brezina leads Skate America

Updated: October 22, 2011, 1:42 AM ET
Associated Press

ONTARIO, Calif. -- Michal Brezina skated cleanly at Skate America to take a commanding lead in the season's opening event, even though he abandoned a planned quad just before taking the ice.

Skating next to last, the 21-year-old Czech substituted a triple flip-triple toe loop for his required combination in the short program set to Japanese kodo drum music and totaled 79.08 points Friday night.

"I was kind of scared if I will fit with the curve because the rink is not so wide," he ...

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