Access to the final is now 95% sure for Mai Mihara, who repeated her place of honor in Bratislava over the significant threshold of 180 points. The sixteen-year-old from Kobe, who was in the lead after the short program, has been distinguished by the quality of the spins losing the chance to establish itself because of a double instead of triple Rittberger completed. The end of the free program, however, included two double axel and triple completed six, including two lutz.
The podium was completed by Da Bin Choi, who was able for the first time in his career to break down the wall of 170 points. The fifteen-year-old from Seoul was flawless on the technical side, as witnessed by the two double axel and seven triple jumps well executed and the spins have earned the highest level available.
Afterwards it finished the Russian Diana Pervushkina, the author of the personal best despite being called on short notice to replace Serafima Sakhanovich.
Mia Roberts is not a typical 12-year-old. While friends around her Millsboro, Delaware, home hit the beach this summer, Mia was almost two hours away and definitely not in summer attire. She was living with a host family in Newark, Delaware, and skating at The Pond Ice Arena.
That’s because Mia is a dedicated figure skater whose skills are dependent on how hard she is willing to work and focus, according to her coaches. “At this age — the 12-, 13-year old age — they’re still trying to figure it out,” head coach Kim Seybold-Catron said. “With Mia, I think she’s a strong skater. She’s a tall girl ... she’s a strong, powerful skater.”
Making it to the Olympics is the goal. “We realize that it happens for one out of every hundreds of thousands,” Tracie Roberts said. “but we’re trying to put in the time and the effort to achieve that goal at some point.”
Learning to do the axle — one-and-a-half rotations in the air — took seven months to a year. The main factor was that she didn’t believe she could do it. “It’s actually pretty much 75 percent mental because if you tell yourself, ‘I’m never going to land this jump,’ or you just have all these thoughts in your head and you don’t really think about what you’re doing that’s really the problem,” Mia said. With her confidence higher than ever, Mia is ready to take the next step.
The Russian Polina Tsurskaya, despite a fall on the landing of the triple flip preceded by step, has established itself in fluency in the short program of the women's Copernicus Stars, opening act of the fifth stage of the Junior Grand Prix hosted by the "Tor-Tor Arena" of Torun in Poland.
The undisputed favorite of the eve, performed the best the rest of the items scheduled on all the combination triple lutz / triple toe loop, characterized by impressive breadth. As expected, the thirteen-year-old coached by Ethers Tutberidze, on this occasion is not present on the track, clocked the best technical score and the highest rating of each program component mortgaging the already discounted entry into the finals. To oust compatriot Maria Sotskova from the first position in the ranking of Junior Grand Prix, as well as having to win the Polish stage, will need to score 119.35 points, reflected widely within his reach.
Tsurskaya, fully at ease on the notes of Adagio by Albinoni accompanied by the violin of Ikuko Kawai, preceded by three points abundant compatriot and fellow club Ekaterina Mitrofanova, the author of a flawless program, except for a wire Input suspicion of triple flip preceded by step. The twelve-yea- old Muscovite has performed in opening a valuable combination triple lutz / triple toe loop, but compared to the leader of the paid duty with regard to the quality of execution of each element.
Polina Tsurskaya has kept the unbeaten winning by more than twenty points of the margin Copernicus Stars, fifth act of the junior Grand Prix circuit hosted by the Tor-Tor Arena in Torun.
The fourteen-year-old Siberian has thus qualified for the final in Barcelona and was taken to the head of the provisional ranking bypassing the more expert compatriot Maria Sotskova, she also won two stages of qualifying, but with lower overall scores.
On this occasion, Tsurskaya, to pparsa visibly upset at the end of the first segment of fall on the triple flip, she wanted to make it really big in achieving the highest score in the history of a free program of the Junior Grand Prix ( 126.81).
The previous record (125.38), set by compatriot Sakhanovich stage in Ljubljana last season, was touched up by almost a point and a half, an improvement on the technical front that the sum of the components of the program. To date, the only junior-level Elena Radionova managed to do better share touching 127.39 in the 2014 World Championships in Sofia.