Alexandra Trusova established herself as the world’s leading female figure skater … in her first senior international competition.
Trusova, the 15-year-old, two-time world junior champion from Russia, became the first woman to land three quadruple jumps in one international competition program, posting the world’s highest free skate and total scores on the early season.
Trusova previously landed three quads in the free skate at the Russian Federation’s test skates in early September.
She opened Saturday’s free skate with a quadruple Lutz, a quadruple toe loop-triple toe combination and another quad toe to run away from Japanese Olympian Kaori Sakamoto by 44.27 points. Video is here.
She won a lower-level event in Slovakia with 238.69 points, which would have beaten Japan’s top skater, Rika Kihira, and Olympic bronze medalist Yevgenia Medvedeva by more than 14 points at an event last week in Canada. However, judging panels can be more or less forgiving from event to event.
Alexandra Trusova was the star of the show as Team Europe won figure skating's Japan Open in Saitama.
The 15-year-old landed four quads in the free skate-only competition to beat reigning world and Olympic champion Alina Zagitova in the ladies' singles with Japan's Rika Kihira in third.
Double world champion Nathan Chen was a comfortable victor in the opening men's event, outscoring PyeongChang 2018 silver medallist Shoma Uno by 20 points.
Vincent Zhou took third to help Team North America into a sizeable lead at halfway, but the Russian women did enough to secure overall victory for the European team which included two-time world champ Javier Fernandez.
An inspired Alexandra Trusova of Russia landed three quadruple jumps as the Russian teenager won Skate Canada' ladies program in British Columbia on Saturday.
The 15-year-old, despite falling on her first of four quadruple attempts, scored a world-leading 241.02 points in her senior International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix debut.
Japanese double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu was equally dominant in the men's program.
The two-time world champion overwhelmed the field with a strong free skate to tally 322.59 points, nearly 60 more than Canadian champion Nam Nguyen.
Japan's Keiji Tanaka claimed the bronze (250.02).
Trusova, twice the world junior champion, used a massive 166.62 points in Saturday's free skate, another 2019 best, to ensure her victory in Kelowna.
Skating to "Games of Thrones", Trusova completed a quadruple lutz, quadruple-triple toeloop, quadruple toeloop-Euler-triple Salchow as well as a triple lutz-triple loop and a triple flip. The only glitch came when she fell on her opening quadruple Salchow.
"Overall I am pleased with my performance, I am only upset that I missed the Salchow," Trusova told reporters. "It happens in practice quite often that I miss the first jump, but I just pull myself together and carry on."
Trusova had been only third after Friday's short program but dominated Saturday's competition.
Japan's Rika Kihira, the short program leader, finished second with 230.33 points and South Korean You Young joined them on the podium with 217.49 points.
Russian figure skating prodigy Alexandra Trusova, who made her senior debut at the Grand Prix in Canada, has expressed regret that under current rules she cannot include her signature quad jumps in the short program.
The 15-year-old talent flawlessly executed her short program at Skate Canada, nailing all of her jumping elements, including a triple Lutz triple toe combination.
However, her solid performance didn’t allow the quad-jumping starlet to take the lead as she finished third behind Japan’s star Rika Kihira and Young You of South Korea, both of whom landed triple axels.
“It’s a pity I can’t throw a quad in my short program,” Tusova said, adding she would love to add the extremely difficult element to her program if International Skating Union (ISU) amends its rules.
The two-time world junior winner outlined she is set to display a jaw-dropping free routine on Saturday, where she will attempt to land a blow-minding FOUR quads.
Trusova's outstanding track record for jumping excellence precedes her. In short, Trusova is the first woman to land a quad Lutz and a quad toe in competition, as well as two quad jumps in one program. As she continues to evolve artistically, the jumps do a lot to keep her in contention for medals.
Olympic silver medallist, two-time world and European champion and current world bronze medallist Evgenia Medvedeva is nothing to sneeze at; especially with five Grand Prix and two Grand Prix Final titles under her belt.
And then there's Gabby Daleman. The two-time Canadian national champion and 2017 world bronze medallist has as much talent and potential as anybody else. Sadly, a series of injuries and mishaps like a collision in warm-ups at the World Team Trophy earlier this year, where she broke two ribs and suffered a concussion, have hampered her ability to be effective in competition
Kaitlyn Weaver is on Daleman's choreography team this season and offered her perspective on the experience.
"I was lucky enough to be in the room during the creation of Gabby's short program with Lori Nichol," Weaver says. "I learned so much soaking in their process, and I was thrilled to be able to contribute in the smallest way, especially during the footwork sequence.