Alexandra Trusova (RUS) The two-time World Junior Champion became the “quad queen”—who could easily compete with the “quad kings”—which is something she’d love to do. This fearless competitor has been going for four quads in her programs in the Grand Prix series: Lutz, two toeloops and Salchow. She only missed the Salchow, but nevertheless, accumulated a higher element score than most of the men. At Skate Canada, only Yuzuru Hanyu had more than she, and at Rostelecom Cup, men’s champion Alexander Samarin had ten points less for technique.
Recently, video clips with Trusova landing a triple Axel in practice have been popping up. That’s great for the 15-year-old and bad news for her competitors, who could hope to get some point advantage over her in the short program. Knowing Trusova, it won’t be long before she’ll be able to include the new jump into her programs.
The 2018-19 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist has also been growing as a performer and her routines are very smartly chosen to stress her dynamic style and to cover what she lacks in elegance compared to that of her competitors.
The “quad queen” has a good chance to take the Grand Prix Final crown if she lands all her quads.
Event SP Score FS Score Total Score 2019 CS Nepela Memorial 74.91 (PB) 163.78 238.69 2019 Skate Canada 74.40 166.62 (PB) 241.02 (PB) 2019 Rostelecom Cup 74.21 160.26 234.47
Competitions are the same journeys. For this I love them. We usually have a day left to take a walk around the city in which we perform. The biggest impression on me was the Australian Brisbane. We flew there with two planes, and back with three - the longest journey in my life. After the competition, my mother and I went straight to the zoo - nursing a koala and feeding a kangaroo. I also really like performing in Japan. I was there in competitions and participated in ice shows.
Almost everywhere I try to go to the pet store and buy a new costume for my Chihuahua Tina - I have a terrible fashionista, and it seems that I am lowering half of my prize money to her wardrobe. I always bring gifts to Tina and family from all competitions. I myself love the new phone models.
Now I am focused on developing my programs. The plans - to learn all the quadruple jumps and win the Olympics. I came to the group to Eteri Georgievna at the age of eleven. This team had the best coaches and Zhenya Medvedev was engaged - she is an example of hard work for me.
I love all my programs, they are all different - I do not like performing two seasons in a row with one. This season we prepared a free program for the game of thrones soundtrack - in three weeks I watched all eight seasons of this series. I also really love my showcase under Unstoppable singer Sia. I have a very interesting hairstyle in this issue: two buns. We paint one half of the head with black paint, the other with white.
Television commentators call her “the new face of women’s skating.”
Her fans — including over 178,000 followers on Instagram — treat her like royalty. But Alexandra Trusova doesn’t hear the noise.
In fact, the Russian phenom goes out of her way to tune out the buzz swirling around her impressive senior debut season, during which she won two Grand Prix events before finishing third in last December’s final in Turin, Italy.
“I’m not using the internet (aside from posting to Instagram) and that’s why it’s difficult to react to what people are saying,” Trusova told The Japan Times during a phone interview earlier this month.
“People tend to write different things, they might be positive or negative and maybe it’s not a good idea to read it. I pay no attention to (what I’m called), my objective is to do what I’m doing and compete and make it as good as I can.”
In a sport with such a fervently opinionated online following that it can often make the NFL’s seem tame by comparison, Trusova’s decision — which she says she came to on her own, but was supported by her parents and coaches — reflects the maturity of a skater who at just 15 years old is starting a revolution on the ice.
From her junior debut in the 2017-18 season, Trusova has dazzled with her quads, shattering world records and rewriting the sport’s history with each successive performance.
Trusova attributes her quad-heavy programs to her generation’s aggressive focus on complex technical elements. “When I was starting, I was very young, and I was focusing on jumping quads. That was my idea, my goal,” she said. “Now I see even younger athletes in my group who think of jumping five turns.
“Artistry and performance and gliding are very important. But after all, figure skating is a sport. It’s all about sports performance. This is why I believe that our programs should be as complex as possible.”
While Trusova acknowledges that quads add risk to a skater’s program, she trains to mitigate those risks — not only physically, but psychologically — by training for such scenarios in practice. That preparation paid off in her free skate at last October’s Skate Canada, when she recovered from her initial missed quad to set the current ISU record of 166.62 points.
“Of course, psychologically it’s much easier to continue when the first jump is a success,” she said. “However, during our training sessions we go through many different situations where everything goes smoothly, and situations where there are some problems.
“I believe that in spite of the fact that maybe the beginning was not that good, it is very important to concentrate and to do your best in the rest of your program.”