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TEB-LSP-Article2013Wagner gained 66.75 points, landing a 3 Flip-3 Toeloop (underrotated) combination, 3 Loop and 2 Axel. “Today it was a very good skate. I am happy, I feel that my spin levels have improved. Overall I am very happy with what I did, I went for everything. I feel I am working my way up. When I approached Arutunian, I said I wanted to have a triple-triple combo: he entirely changed my technique in order to achieve that. I gradually started doing 3 Flip-2 Toeloop and later 3 Flip-3 Toeloop.”

Pogorilaya, who won Cup Of China, earned 60.03 points. She completed a 3 Lutz-3 Toeloop combination, a 3 Loop but only did a Waltz jump instead of a 2 Axel. “I am very happy with the beginning of my program, as I did my triple-triple combination and the flying spin. I didn’t want to pop the Axel because I have already popped it in previous competitions, so perhaps I was focusing too much on it. I went for it and I just popped it, there was not much I could do to save it.  I am very happy that after Cup of China some of the focus shifted on me. Before I was a little sad because no one was paying attention to me, now it’s different so I am happy.”

Sotnikova is only 0.02 points below her, with 60.01. She had poor landings on both her 3 Lutz-3 Loop combination and 2 Axel (she singled it). “I am very pleased with my perfomance. I don’t know what happened in my Axel. It just went this way, maybe something was wrong in my head while I was performing it. I was probably messing up with my mind.”

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