Free Dance | Bridgestone Ice Desk from 2018 Skate America
Make it 10 straight Skate America titles for U.S. ice dance couples. Fittingly, it’s the first for Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, the new mantle holders in the nation’s deepest figure skating discipline as the Beijing Olympic cycle begins.
Hubbell and Donohue, the U.S. champions and world silver medalists, distanced a field this weekend lacking anybody else from the top nine at the PyeongChang Olympics (where Hubbell and Donohue were fourth).
Evgenia Medvedeva, after three nearly flawless years atop a revolving-door sport, earned silver medals at her last three competitions.
It’s not a shock given the circumstances. Even her most recent outing, taking second to U.S. champion Bradie Tennell at a lower-level season debut last month, if you listen to new coach Brian Orser.
Medvedeva, after the most dominant run in women’s skating since Katarina Witt in the 1980s, succumbed first to a broken bone in her right foot last fall and second to 15-year-old (now former) training partner Alina Zagitova. Zagitova beat Medvedeva at January’s European Championships and in PyeongChang (by a mere 1.31 points).
Medvedeva will not face Zagitova before December’s Grand Prix Final. At Skate Canada, the notable foes are world silver medalist Wakaba Higuchi of Japan and 2015 World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, whom Medvedeva succeeded as the leading Russian
The judges, who put a minus for the triple axel of the Russian figure skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva in the short program at the second stage of the Grand Prix in Canada, have never seen such a high-quality performance of this element, so their decision causes misunderstanding, said RIA Novosti coach of the athlete Alexei Mishin.
Tuktamysheva was the first in the short program at the Skate Canada tournament, gaining 74.22 points. The athlete performed the axel cleanly in three and a half turns, however, the assessment of this element did not find a common opinion among the judges. Two judges even rated this element on the Grade of Execution system on "- 1", the other on "+4".
“Nobody does such a triple axel that Liza did yesterday is better than her in the world (women's single skating),” said Mishin on the phone. “These judges did not see a better axel performance than Liza’s." “They didn’t see any better,” the trainer repeated. “This is the largest diamond in the world, but they still don’t like it.”
Grand Prix 2018 - Skate Canada International Standings after Ladies Short Program:
Japan's Shoma Uno on Saturday won the men's competition at Skate Canada International, while 15-year-old compatriot Mako Yamashita finished second among the women in her senior Grand Prix debut.
Uno scored 88.87 points to finish second in Friday's short program at the second ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season. Canada's Keegan Messing scored 95.05 to lead the 12-man field.
But the Pyeongchang Olympic silver medalist from Japan put together a strong free skate routine for a total of 277.25 points, edging Messing on 265.17. South Korea's Cha Jun-Hwan took bronze with 254.77. Japan's Kazuki Tomono finished ninth overall.
Men’s final results: / Résultats finaux des hommes :