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Rostelecom Cup: MACHIDA TAKES GOLD, KOVTUN SILVER, FERNANDEZ BRONZE

Despite stating that he was not in top condition, Japan’s Tatsuki Machida pulled off an excellent performance during the Rostelecom Cup men’s free program in Moscow. The 23-year old from Osaka completed three triple axels, two quadruple jumps and other five triple jumps, obtaining a total score of 257.00 and another gold medal after the victory of Skate America 2013. “I am only 40-50% good to skate, so I ran out of breath and was not able to perform to the full of his potential” – said Tatsuki during the press conference. Maxim Kovtun, instead, was very disappointed about his skate: his program included two quadruple salchow jumps, but he fell on the first attempt and doubled the second. The young Russian skater, anyway, performed a beautiful quadruple toeloop as well as a good triple axel. “I am absolutely not pleased with my performance. It is a shame, because I put in so much work when I look back. The coaches are upset and don’t know what the problem was.” Javier Fernandez, who took the bronze medal, also struggled with quadruple jumps. He hit the boards while attempting the toeloop and stepped out of the salchow, but the Spanish skater is also able to see the bright side of the situation: “Today it was another hard day for me. I guess, I’m saving it for the next competition.”

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