Russian junior figure skater Alexandra Trusova has impressed with her free program at a test training event, successfully landing three quads in her routine including a quad Lutz usually performed by men.
The 2018 world junior champion Trusova flawlessly nailed a quadruple Lutz becoming the first female skater to perform this extremely difficult jumping element. The 14-year-old talent also coped with two toe loops in her free program with the first one being done in combination with a triple loop.
“I want to do something that has never been done before. That’s why I’m learning jump quads and I really like it. I don’t feel any fear, because if you are afraid of doing something you can never succeed,” Trusova said after her successful test training in Novogorsk, in the Moscow region.
The fourteen-year-old Alexandra Trusova showed the program with three quadruple jumps. Among them - lutz, the most difficult element of figure skating. Pupil Tutberidze took a risk - and went down in history.
Of course, these were not competitions, but only control rentals of the junior team in figure skating. Yes, the performance was followed not by a strict jury and thousands of spectators, but only by coaches and specialists. But it is not worth underestimating this event. For the first time in history, the skater performed a program with three four-turn jumps. One of them is lutz, which is considered the most difficult element in figure skating. Not all adult figure skaters perform it.
The name of the heroine is Alexandra Trusova. She is 14 years old and she is a pupil of Eteri Tutberidze, the most successful coach at the moment in women's singles. She brought Julia Lipnitskaya, Evgeny Medvedev, Alina Zagitova to the Olympic ice.
The name of Alexandra Trusova is also well known to those who closely follow the figure skating. In March, she won the junior world championship, having performed two quads. For the first time in the history of official competitions. Moreover, according to technical assessment, Trusova almost 10 points outperformed Olympic champion Zagitova. In general, with this result she would become the seventh in the Olympic men's tournament.
Then, by the way, not everyone was happy for the junior. Began to say that further complication of technology will destroy the beauty of figure skating, for which many people appreciate this sport.
The International Skating Union (ISU) accepted these arguments and changed the rules. In particular, since this season, restrictions are imposed on the number of jumps in the second half of the program, for which a mark-up is charged. Also the basic "cost" of jumps has been changed: the difference between the triple and quadruple has decreased. In addition, according to the new rules, you can make only one quadruple jump of one kind in the program, and not two (solo and in a cascade), as before.
The top score for a short program among women is not the only record Trusova currently holds. She was the first woman (both among her peers and more experienced skaters) to pull off a quad toe loop, two quads in a free skating program and two different quadruple jumps in a program. She is also known for highly complicated combinations, things often not dared by other skaters, such as consecutive triple Salchows, loops and toe loops.
Trusova earned a technical score of 92.35 in the free skate for her outstanding performance, which is a world record for women's singles (even for older skaters). She also holds the top scores for junior-level short and free skating programs and total score at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Trusova was born into a family of athletes. Her father was a master of sports in several martial arts and her mother was a track and field star. Early on Alexandra liked roller skating, but after she witnessed the performance by Russian skater Lipnitskaya at the Sochi Olympics she dreamed of reaching the same heights. After changing several coaches she ended up with Eteri Tutberidze, a coach to many famous young Russian skaters, including Evgenia Medvedeva.
Even after winning several skating championships, Trusova is still considering other options for her future. She is particularly interested in working with animals, while at the same time she strives to be the first to break new ground in skating and wants to pull off quads in all types of jumps.
Russia's Alexandra Trusova, who isjust 14 years old, continues her victorious march: this young student of Eteri Tutberidze, who is credited with figure skating celebrities such as Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, engraves her name on history of the discipline.
At the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Kaunas, Lithuania, 14-year-old Russian skater Alexandra Trusova became the first skater in the world to achieve a quadruple lutz in competition.
At the end of the free program, this young prodigy collected 146.7 points, winning the competitions.
Recall that on September 6, she earned 74.75 points after the short program, breaking a world record.
It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time Trusova has made this extremely difficult jump in public. She had already been successful in training before.