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Skate Canada: RUSSIANS WIN SECOND 2014 GP LADIES’ GOLD

The Russian Ladies, like the Japanese men, won a second straight gold medal and their Olympians have yet to skate. Julia Lipnitskaia opens at Cup of China followed by Adelina Sotnikova at the Rostelecom Cup.

Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) won gold with a jam packed technical program, including an opening 3Lz+3T and 3Lo+1Lo+3S that earned 21.60 points. The Firebird received Level4 for her step sequence and Layback and combination spins. The 2014 World 4th place finisher even surprised herself.

“I was shocked about my performance; I really enjoyed it today. It felt easy, and the audience was good.  It is the first competition of the season, and it went so well,” noted the smiling Pogorilaya.

The sixteen-year old earned a 191.81 total score.

Ashley Wagner (USA) stayed in 2nd after the short and won silver.

The Californian actually beat Pogorilaya in the component scores but was out-sored in the technical elements. She completed four triples, while a 3T and 3Lo were under rotated. Two spins earned Level4.  Noticeably absent was the Lutz and triple-triple. The 2012 and 2013 US National champion commented after the competition.

“We’re taking it one day at a time and working on a couple of different variations of the triple-triple to see if I can get a real Lutz to go into my program.  Right now I get called for the Flutz, so it makes more sense to put in an Axel. So we’ll see as time goes by.”

The free program score was 122.14 compared to the 100.99 she received two weeks ago at the 2014 Japan Open, where Pogorilaya soundly outscored her by over 20 points. Her total score was 186.00.

Satoko Miyahara, (JPN) moved up from 4th place and took home the bronze medal. Miss Saigon executed four clean triples and then a 2A+3T after the halfway mark. She was dinged for under rotating the Lutz and a Toe loop and had a unclear Flip edge. The diminutive skater was rewarded with Level4 for two spins and her step sequence.

The 2014 Four Continents silver medalist evaluated her performance.

“I was nervous at first, but as the program went on I was feeling stronger.  At the end I felt the flow, and I finished strong.”

Her total score was 181.75, two points lower than the Challengers Series, Lombardia Trophy, which she won in September. 

Courtney Hicks (USA) did a 2Lz instead of a triple jump in her short program and scored zero for the element.  The base value of 6.0 + or – the GOE put her in 8th place. She vaulted to 4th over all with her 118.15 personal best free skate. Anna Karenina opened with a huge 3F+2T, 3S, and 3Lo. The Flying Camel and Combination spin earned Level4. A 3Lz near-sit down stumble lost her 2 points.

The California native worked this summer with ice dancers, Tanith Belbin and Charlie White to improve her skating skills – particularly posture and speed.

The 2011 US Junior champion earned a personal best 174.51 total.

The Ladies next Grand Prix event is as follows:

Anna Pogorilaya – Rostelecom Cup

Ashley Wagner – Trophy Bompard

Satoko Miyahara – NHK Trophy

Courtney Hicks – Trophy Bompard

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