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Cup of China: RUSSIAN LADIES CONTINUE GP DOMINANCE

Russians have won five of the 2014 Ladies’ GP medals. Japan and the USA have each won two.

Elizaveta Tuktamisheva (RUS) cleanly jumped into first place with a technically superior free program skated to “Batwannis Beek” and “Sandstorm”.  The Middle Eastern and Finnish techno music provided a mesmerizing background for Tuktamisheva to lure in the audience.

The 2013 European bronze medalist skated six clean triples and three combinations 3T+3T, 3Lz+2T+2Lo, and 3S+2A+SEQ. The spins and footwork were Level3 and helped secure a 128.61 season-high score.

Tuktamisheva noted, “I had a good skate today, but there still were some errors (2Lz instead of 3Lz). I am pleased with how the beginning of the season went for me.”

The seventeen-year old, who the Russian media once called a figure skating prodigy, suffered through a few disappointing years. She has regained her confidence, which she attributes to her coach’s decision to skate a heavy schedule this season, including five international events to date.

“I needed to polish my elements and my programs in competition,” Tuktamisheva noted. 

Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS) placed 4th in the free to Romeo and Juliet. She opened with a 2A+3T+2T combination, and then fell on the 3S. She struggled with her remaining jumps and left point after point on the ice.  The World silver medalist looked tired and unprepared. Her trademark unique spins earned Level4 and combined with her short program first place gave her the silver.

“I do not know what happened. Nothing really worked.  This was probably the worst skate of my life,” lamented the 2014 European champion.

Kanako Murakami (JPN) used The Phantom to the Opera music for both programs and placed 3rd in each. The free included three clean triples, all after the half way mark – and three Level4 spins.

“I made the same mistakes I did in training this morning.  I am satisfied with third place, but not with my performance,” noted the 2014 Four Continents gold medalist.

Polina Edmunds (USA) was 2nd in the free program, but was unable to make up enough ground from her 7th place in the short. The Californian placed 4th in her Senior Grand Prix debut.

Skating to Peter Pan, choreographed by Rudy Galindo, Edmunds opened with a 3Lz+3T, the ladies most difficult combination in the event.  The 3F was called twice for edge deductions, while the 3Lz was under rotated. Her Tinker Bell-like spins earned Level4.

The Cup of China Ladies will next compete at the following:

Julia Lipnitskaia – Trophee Bompard

Kanako Murakami – NHK Trophy

Polina Edmunds – NHK

UPDATE…

Elizaveta Tuktamisheva qualified for the GPF with 28 points.

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