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So we just had to put it into perspective, but I know exactly the feeling that he was going through. So I think just that discussion helped, his shoulders dropped a little bit. Nguyen admitted to nerves when he took the ice, but he hid them well, landing a beautiful triple Axel, then a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, and triple flip for virtually the only clean program in an event riddled with spills. Jeremy Ten of Vancouver scored 77.80 points to stand second, while Roman Sadovsky, a 15-year-old from Vaughan, Ont., goes into Saturdays long program in third after scoring 73.46. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., a three-time national silver medallist and member of Canadas team that won silver at last years Olympics in Sochi, fell on all three of his jumps to finish a disappointing 12th in the mens short. Nguyen has risen swiftly through the ranks, winning the world junior championships last spring, and then finishing third and fourth in his two senior Grand Prix events this season — Canadas top performance in mens singles. He has a really big season from last year to live up to, Orser said. The absence of Chan added to the pressure this season. Suddenly, the title was anyones for the taking. Chan, whod won the seven previous titles — including 2012, when he scored a whopping 101.33 points in the short program — is taking the season off to contemplate his future. Nguyen said the key to his success was Stay normal, dont change anything, treat everything like its a practice at the (Toronto) Cricket Club. Nguyen, who was the youngest skater to win Canadian titles at the juvenile, pre-novice-novice, and junior levels, has finally settled into his five-foot-eight frame, as well, after a growth spurt saw him shoot up more than a half a foot in a year. It was really hard for me to get my jumps, especially my triple Axel because during that time, I lost it, Nguyen said of his growth spurt. After that, I started regaining my Axel, fixing my technique and now when I have a little bit of a growth spurt going on, I know how to deal with it and know I have to push through it. Nguyen looks back on his innocence at the Vancouver Olympics — when he skated in checked pants and big goofy glasses in a role that was meant to represent the future of skating — with fondness. He didnt know pressure then. I was just trying to have fun, Nguyen said. Im actually trying to keep the same mindset for myself, even though I am aware of the pressure now. Hes also aware of his growing popularity. His Twitter page — he goes by the handle @namnamnoodle — has 7,719 followers. He has a big fan following in Asia, Orser said. Ive never had this kind of attention on me, Nguyen said. Its kind of exciting for me, but also a little bit distracting. So I needed to ignore some of it, and also have some of that motivate me in practice sessions whenever Im feeling down. . . so for me Im feeling both. It was a disastrous afternoon for Reynolds, who has had problems with ill-fitting skates for the better part of two seasons, and had just a month of solid training before arriving here. Nothing much to say. I gave it everything that I had this last year to give it a shot for this national title, and tried the best that I could, and I failed, Reynolds said. Nothing much more to say. Reynolds has had trouble finding skates that fit his uniquely narrow foot, and said last week he felt he had finally found a pair after trying skates of every brand. Incredibly disappointing to say the least, he said, fighting back tears Friday. I want to apologize to all the people who have supported me through all of this, because they didnt deserve that performance from me. All I can say is I did the best that I could. 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