Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova shared her expectations from the Olympic season.
"This is my first start in adult skating, although in juniors I once performed. But I worried a little, like at every start.
I have a short program - "Black Swan", and the free one is the same as last season - "Don Quixote", but we refreshed it with new elements, complicated by carrying jumps to the second half of the program.
The transition to adult skating does not frighten me, physical activities are not new, except that rivals are more experienced, "Zagitova said.
In China, the next stage of the Grand Prix of figure skating isover. In an interview with RT, his results were summed up by the 1988 Olympic champion Andrei Bukin. The expert praised Mikhail Kolyada for the unexpected victory among singles and noted his progress. According to the expert, Alina Zagitova should not be compared with Yulia Lipnitskaya, and Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Solovyov should not count on Olympic medals.
The third stage of the season, held in Beijing, brought the Russian team two gold and two bronze. Mikhail Kolyada outflanked Jin Boyan and Javier Fernandez, showing a particularly good short program - he was the first among all the Russians scored for her more than one hundred points.
Alina Zagitova won her first Grand Prix stage at the age of 15. The company on the podium was made by Elena Radionova, who managed to take the third place without falls. Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Solovyov also won bronze, although they could swing at least on silver.
At the Russian Figure Skating Championship the best result in the short program was shown by the winner of the Grand Prix Alina Zagitova - 78.15.
The second place is in St. Petersburg Maria Sotskova - 76.39. The three leaders are closed by Polina Tsurskaya - 75.33.
The level of singles is very high. Ex-world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva in sixth place - 71.06. Multiple winner of European and world championships Elena Radionova was in only the 13th place after the short program - 66.16.
Two-time world champion, Evgenia Medvedeva, on the recommendation of doctors, misses the championship of Russia.
Figure skater Alina Zagitova, who became the winner of the Russian championship, commented on her performance in a long program.
- My long program was a success. Better than short. I will work on it. This is our common victory with the coaches, I want to say a big thank you to them," Zagitova said.
Recall Zagitova scored 233.59 points in the total amount. For a 15-year-old female athlete this is the first title of the champion among adults. Also in the top three winners were Maria Sotskova and Alena Kostornaya.
According to her, the pupil of Eteri Tutberidze can take the first place, if she rolls out a purely short and free program. Izhevsk. Udmurtia. The two-time world champion among juniors Elena Radionova estimated the chances of the figure skater from Udmurtia Alina Zagitova to win the European Championship.
"Alina Zagitova, of course, takes her difficulty in jumping. But this year she did not get a short program on many starts, but if she manages to skate well, she can win the European Championship. It seems so to me. If she can handle two programs. Alina has the most difficult jumping set," Elena Radionova said on the match . According to her, the battle of Medvedeva-Zagitova at the European championship will be won by one who is stronger psychologically. Recall that the last major strata two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva missed due to injury. In turn, Alina Zagitova won the Russian championship and was the strongest in the final of the world series Grand Prix.