World and European champion Evgenia Medvedeva produced a short program personal best score of 76.24 points on Friday to seize control of the ladies' competition at Skate Canada, second stop in the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix.
The 16-year-old Russian landed all of her jumps cleanly as she bettered her previous short program best of 74.58 set at last season's Grand Prix Final.
The sparkling performance gave her a 1.91-point lead over Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond, the surprise Skate Canada winner last year.
Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, the 2015 world champion, is in third place, 9.45 points off the lead.
Medvedeva became the youngest world champion since Tara Lipinski in 1997 with her triumph in Boston in April.
A two-time Canadian champion, one-time Skate Canada champion, back from the abyss of serious injury — double leg fracture, just for starters — and a tentative catch-up season where she just barely failed to make the national squad for worlds.
On Saturday, returning to the Skate Canada stage at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, the 20-year-old broke through the 200-point ceiling in an internationally competition, reaping silver in the women’s event on a total score of 206.45.
Her La Boheme long program, featuring half a dozen clean triples, was richly rewarded by the judges — 132.12. The only significant blemish was a fall of the triple loop Osmond has only recently added to her arsenal — the lone triple she’d been missing — and a step-out from a double Axel/triple toe combination that turned into a double on the back end. Both missteps left crucial points on the table.
World champion in figure skating Evgenia Medvedeva showed "very good and the right free to start the season," the second stage of a series of Grand Prix, held in Canada , said the agency "F-Sport" Honored Russian coach Tatiana Tarasova.
Medvedeva on Saturday won a stage of the Grand Prix , which took place in Canada Mississauga, typing on the sum of short and long programs, 220.65 points.
"This is not the best skating - it will get better, but it is very good and the right free program to start the season. She has a very good program, thank you very much Ilyusha (Averbukh) and Eteri (Tutberidze... ), and the entire team that works with it in such a friendly and very strict conditions ", - Tarasova said by telephone.
According to the famous coach, even on the Russian national team in Sochi to be seen how much work in training performs Medvedeva. "In September, it was clear that the girl works more than all the rest - about two times. She works very cleverly, very much believe in her coach. Eugene performs just huge amounts in training, which was evident by how she jumps... different jumps, including a cascade of three triple its development can be seen, but it does not lose what she can", Tarasova stressed.
Russian Serafima Sakhanovich took seventh place in the competition on the first stage of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Skate America, which took place in Chicago.
On Saturday, 16-year-old Serafima Sakhanovich in her free program scored 107.32 points. The amount of points for her short and arbitrary program - 163.84.
American Ashley Wagner won the stage(score - 196.44). The second place was taken by another representative of the United States Mariah Bell (191.59), Mai Mihara from Japan was the third - (189.28).
On Monday, the president of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FFKKR) Alexander Gorshkov said the agency "F-Sport" that Sochi Olympic champion in the team competition Yulia Lipnitskaya not perform at Skate America due to the aggravation of an old injury.
Patrick Chan knows he needs the big jumps to keep pace with the world’s best skaters.
But on one night at least, it was his artistry and overall skating skills that earned him the Skate Canada International title.
Chan was debuting an ambitious program that included three quadruple jumps, he landed the first, but fell on the second, and turned the third into a triple and held on to win with 266.95 points.
He fell on a quad Salchow, a jump he learned recently.
“Good that I committed to it and rotated it. That was one of my fears going in, I was hoping I would still commit and attack it, and I did,” Chan said. “I hung on, and I know it won’t be this generous later in the season. It’s nice but I’m also not celebrating, because I know this was a lucky strike.”