Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya connects its bad performance in the Grand Prix in America with uncertainty.
"By this stage I had prepared better than to skate at the" Finland Trophy "But still there is a certain lack of confidence. In this start, I was ready, set, but tore jump. I must say that both flip doubt. The only happy for the performance salhova, grouse and sheepskin in the second half of the program.
For the short program I had accumulated more. But now, for some reason, I felt less confident than in the previous start in Finland. I hope that during the season cope with their problems. Just now I present some distrust of myself. But during the season I am obliged to deal with it. " - Tass quoted the champion of the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Three-time national champion Ashley Wagner and Sochi 2014 Olympic teammate Polina Edmunds are among eight U.S. skaters going after podium finishes at Skate Canada International in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Skate Canada is the second stop in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The competition will range from the experience of Wagner, who is seeking her fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final berth, to the youth of men’s skater Timothy Dolensky, who will make his senior grand prix debut after finishing in fourth place in the U.S. International Classic.
U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon will join Dolensky in the men’s competition. Marissa Castelli, a 2014 Olympian, will compete with pairs partner Mervin Tran – a former Canadian competitor – in their first grand prix event together.
Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, who have won nine grand prix medals together, will compete in ice dancing. TV: 4-5:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports; 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Ashley Wagner recorded a personal-best short program and leads Skate Canada heading into Saturday’s free skate. Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion, landed all of her jumps cleanly for 70.73 points, her first time breaking the 70-point barrier. She has a comfortable 7.38-point lead over Japan’s Yuka Nagai.
“I like to think that that performance is just kind of a preview of what I’m capable of,” Wagner said in Lethbrige, Alberta. “I was skating in shows all summer, so I had about a month to really get everything together. … I think that there is more to come with that program. The more I get comfortable with the style and the movement, I think it will just build on top of that.”
World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia followed Wagner with a sluggish performance on her jumps for 55.37 points, good enough for seventh place.
American Ashley Wagner ran away with the women's title. Skating to music from Moulin Rouge, the three-time U.S. champion scored 202.52 points with an almost flawless program that included seven triple jumps.
"It was practice for me and an opportunity to train the program under pressure for nationals and worlds, which are my main focuses this year," Wagner said. "To go out and deliver that performance and receive that score, with the mistakes that I had, I think that's a really good sign for things to come this season, and I think that for me it's just really going to be about keeping my head on straight, doing that over and over and over again."
World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia moved up from seventh after the short program to finish second at 188.89. Japan's Yuka Nagai was third at 172.92.