ISU JGP Final - Ice Dance - Short Dance - Nagoya 2017
Russia’s Anastasia Skoptcova/Kirill Aleshin danced off with the gold medal as the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final continued in Nagoya (JPN) on Saturday. Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko (USA) claimed the silver medal and Sofia Polishchuk/Alexander Vakhnov, also from Russia, earned the bronze in what was their debut in the Junior Final.
Skoptcova/Aleshin put out a strong Tango, collecting a level four for their lifts, twizzles and the sin while the serpentine step sequence was rated a level three. The Muscovites achieved a season’s best with 87.74 points for a total of 153.61 points.
Carreira/Ponomarenko’s fluid dance to the ‘W.E.’ soundtrack was highlighted by difficult lifts and smooth footwork. The 2017 World Junior bronze medalists earned the same levels as Skoptcova/ Aleshin to set a new season’s best of 87.66 points. Overall, the Americans accumulated 151.76 points.
Performing to ‘Black Swan’, Polishchuk/Vakhnov produced a flawless dance as well and had a level four for four elements. They scored a season’s best as well with 85.87 points which added up to 149.04 points overall.
Alexandra Trusova RUS - ISU JGP Final - Ladies Free Skating - Nagoya 2017
In the final of the junior series of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Japan, Sasha Trusova took first place . Following the performance in short and free programs, the athlete scored 205.61 points.
In a free program, Sasha Trusova perfectly performed a number of complex elements, including the most complex triple Lutz. Sasha performed her fourth quadruple salcha with a fall, but this did not prevent her from taking the first place. The second was Alena Kostornaya, and the third - Nastya Tarakanova.
This was the third day of competitions at the Armeec Arena in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, where the 2018 junior world figure skating championships are currently running. Today's program included the short women's program, with the participation of forty-four athletes.
Long awaited, the 13-year-old Russian Alexandra Trusova gave a new essay of her talent, obtaining the best result of the day. The Muscovite, already a winner of the Grand Prix category, has approached her record with 72.03 points, collecting 42.49 points of technical elements and 29.54 points of program components.
A year older, her compatriot Alena Kostornaia seems to be the only one who is able to stop Trusova's race towards the gold medal, being detached only four tenths (71.63 points). Mako Yamashita completes the provisional podium, with 66.79 points having to defend the bronze from the assault of teammate Rika Kihara (63.74 points).
For Italy, Lucrezia Beccari has obtained a twenty-third place that will allow her to take part also in the free program. The national champion has improved his personal best, bringing him to 46.46 points despite a point of deduction (25.57 of technical elements and 21.89 of components).
Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova won gold in the single competition at the junior world championships , which takes place in Sofia (Bulgaria).
Trusova, who took the first place in the short program, got 153.49 points for the free program on Saturday, while she was the first in the history of women's single figure skating to perform the sheepskin coat in four turns at official competitions. Totally, the asset of the 13-year-old Russian woman was 225.52 points and the final first place in the tournament.
The silver medal was won by another representative of Russia, Alena Kostornaya, who received 135.76 points for an arbitrary program. In total, Kostornaya scored 207.39 points. The bronze went to Japanese Mako Yamashita, who scored on the results of the two programs 195.17 points.
Another Russian figure skater Stanislava Konstantinova (186.35) was the fourth.
Alexandra's mom devotes all her time organizing the sport life of her daughter. Father Trusova is a master of sports in judo, sambo and hand-to-hand combat.
Jumping is a favorite element of Alekandra in figure skating. She is not afraid to fall, but perceives the approach to the jump as a challenge. At the age of 10 she first tried to jump triple axel - an element that only three skaters performed before. And by the 13th I had already learned two quadruple jumps.
Trusova was looking for competition. This is what attracts her to the training in the Eteri Tutberidze group. She likes to compete with skaters who skate no worse: Evgenia Medvedeva, Alina Zagitova. A friendly atmosphere allows the strongest athletes to ask advice from each other.
"I want to do something first in the world." To this end, Trusova also relied on learning the most difficult jumps in women's skating. In 2017, she succeeded a quadruple Salchow, in 2018 she added a quadruple toe loop. In the process, perfection over the triple axel.
"Can I not get up early when I'm an Olympic champion?" This question really worries Alexander. Over achieving the goal - the title of Olympic champion - she has been working hard since 2014. Then Trusova first watched the skating competitions at the Olympics in Sochi.
"I looked at Medvedeva as a star." Trusova is trying to be equal in figure skating to Evgeni Medvedev, but he is trying to remain himself. Particularly, she is inspired by the character and tenacity in the double Olympic medalist.