The last stage of the Junior Grand Prix of figure skating was completed in Bolzano in Italy, 15 Russians made their way to the Final of the series, but the coach Eteri Tutberidze made a sensation, which will go to the decisive start with five figure skaters.
The Final of the Junior Grand Prix is traditionally combined in terms and place with the seniors and will be held on December 7-10 in Nagoya, Japan. Russia will be represented at the tournament by: Alexandra Trusova, Darya Panenkova, Anastasia Tarakanova, Sofya Samodurova, Alena Kostornaya (women's singles); Alexey Erokhov, Makar Ignatov (male single); Darya Pavlyuchenko / Denis Khodykin, Apollinaria Panfilova / Dmitry Rylov, Anastasia Poluyanova / Dmitry Sopot, Alexandra Boykova / Dmitry Kozlovsky (couples); Anastasia Skoptsova / Kirill Aleshin, Sofya Shevchenko / Igor Eremenko, Sophia Polishchuk / Alexander Vakhnov, Arina Ushakova / Maxim Nekrasov (dances).
Russia’s Alexandra Trusova prevailed in what was high-level Junior Ladies Short Program with six clean performances at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in Nagoya on Thursday. Trusova’s teammates
Alena Kostornaia and Anastasia Tarankova, who also train with her under the same coaches, came second and third in the Short Program.
Skating to ‘Big Spender’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack’, Trusova reeled off a triple flip-triple loop, a triple Lutz, double Axel as well as three level-four spins and level-four footwork. The 13-year-old from Moscow posted a new personal best with 73.25 points. “I was hoping to get over 70 points, but I didn’t know what the score would be. I never had such a high score,” the Muscovite said. “At the end, my music is fun and the audience clapped along and I wanted to show even more emotions. My spins could be faster and there is always something to improve,” added Trusova who wants to show the quadruple Salchow in the Free Skating: “I hope to do finally a clean one.”
Three Russian figure skaters Alexandra Trusova, Alena Kostornaya and Anastasia Tarakanova took the whole podium at the junior final of the Grand Prix series in Nagoya.
Alena Kostornaya won a free program, but she took second place in the sum of two skates. Alexandra Trusova went for the quadruple Salchow in a free program, which was not successful, but eventually won the Grand Prix final, keeping the lead after a short program. Anastasia Tarakanova won a bronze medal.
All Russian athletes made their debut in the Grand Prix finals, having been selected for the first time in the decisive round of the competition. The junior final in women's singles skating without exaggeration could be called a kind of Russian championship. All our athletes knew each other perfectly, the capabilities of their rivals, which did not in the least weaken, but, on the contrary, intensified the intrigue of the women's tournament.
After skating a free program, Alexandra Trusova was extremely strict toward herself, saying that she was upset because she did not get a quadruple Salchow. I promised to work. I thanked the audience and said that "there is a very good public in Japan, I was applauded to the music in a short and free program." I am very pleased that I took first place. " She added that "there are a lot of strong athletes in Russia, you just have to work harder and get stronger." All the athletes train, they train a lot, and this gives the result."