Today, September 6, at the stage of the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Riga, athletes presented free programs. Not everything went well for Russian skaters.
After a short program, the first and second places were taken by athletes from Russia Daria Usacheva and Maya Khromykh with a gap of 0.11 points. Both girls are engaged in the group of Eteri Tutberidze. The third intermediate place was occupied by the athlete from South Korean Haein Lee.
Today, the arrangement of places has changed a lot. The girls made a number of mistakes during the performances. According to the results of both programs, Daria Usacheva took second place with a score of 194.4 points, and Maya Khromykh became fourth, gaining 190.73 points. Haein Lee scored 197.63 points and won a gold medal. The third place went to Rino Matsuike from Japan. She scored 193.03 points.
Recall, tomorrow, September 7, at the Luzhniki stadium, the skaters of the Russian national figure skating team will present new short programs. You can watch them on the website of Channel One.
Haein Lee struck gold, while Daria Usacheva (RUS) earned the silver medal and the bronze went to Rino Matsuike (JPN).
Lee skated a clean Short Program and stood in third place, trailing the leader Usacheva by a little over two points. The 14-year-old then delivered an excellent Free Skating to “Riverdance – Firedance”, landing seven triple jumps including a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination to pull up to first place on 197.63 points.
Overnight leader Usacheva completed five clean triples in her routine to “Je suis malade” performed by Lara Fabian, but she fell on an underrotated triple Salchow and also two-footed an underrotated triple toeloop (194.40 points).
Matsuike, who ranked fourth in the Short Program, turned in the second-best Free Skating of the night to grab the bronze medal at 193.03 points. Usacheva and Matsuike debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix while Lee had a bronze from one event last year.
“I was very nervous about this competition but I’m very happy to finish well,” Lee said.