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TUKTAMISHEVA SKATES AWAY WITH GOLD

    FINAL SCORES:

  1. (210.36) Elizaveta Tuktamisheva
  2. (193.60) Satoko Miyahara
  3. (191.47) Elena Radionova
  4. (188.96) Gracie Gold
  5. (185.01) Ashley Wagner
  6. (184.58) Rika Hongo

 Personal Best Score

TUKTAMISHEVA OPENS LADIES SHORT WITH TRIPLE AXEL

  1. (77.62) Elizaveta Tuktamisheva
  2. (69.51) Elena Radionova
  3. (67.02) Satoko Miyahara

Elizaveta Tuktamisheva is the fourth lady to land a triple axel in international competition.

Midori Ito, Tonya Harding, Mao Asada, Elizaveta Tuktamisheva

“When I landed the 3A, I got goosebumps, and I thought – is this a dream or did I really just do the 3A at the World Championships? I had to pull myself together. It was the first time for me to do a clean short with the 3A. It was a risk to do it in the SP, but figure skating has to evolve,” she told the press.

EURIKA! RUSSIAN TEEN STRIKES GOLD

 FREE PROGRAM SCORES

  1. (132.74) Elizaveta Tuktamisheva
  2. (128.23) Gracie Gold
  3. (127.20) Ashley Wagner
  4. (126.58) Satoko Miyahara
  5. (122.41) Rika Hongo
  6. (121.96) Elena Radionova

 Elizaveta Tuktamisheva had a forgettable 2013-14 season that included back and ankle injuries. At the Russian Nationals she placed tenth and didn’t defend her title. The teen watched the Sochi Olympics on television at home.

Flash forward to September 2014 and the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. Tuktamisheva threw down the gauntlet and began her tour of ISU International events picking up 8/9 gold medals including the prestigious trifecta – GPF, Europeans, and World Championships.

Her free program performance in Shanghai was not up to her usual standards scoring 8.64 points less than her personal best. Two combination jumps scored negative GOEs; her footwork and combination spin received Level3. Tuktamisheva still bested her closest competitor by over 16 points.

“Following the failure last year, I am full with emotion now. It is an amazing moment. I am glad I was able to come back into the elite of women’s figure skating,” said the gold medalist.

Satoko Miyahara skated six clean triples and three Level4 spins to Miss Saigon. The diminutive Japanese National Champion turned seventeen during the competition. After placing 3rd in the short, she ranked 4th in the free and was awarded the silver medal.

“Today’s free program, I skated with a lot of fun. Overall my performance was pretty satisfactory. I got a season’s best with this performance which was my goal,” commented the Four Continents silver medalist.

Elena Radionova had a bumpy ride through her Rachmaninov music and slipped from 2nd in the short, to 3rd overall after a 6th place in the free program.

The reigning European silver medalist landed four clean triples, but struggled with the rest. Her spins earned Level4.

“Honestly, I don’t believe yet that I am a World bronze medalist. I made some minor mistakes on my jumps, but this competition gave me a good experience, and I know what to work on when I return to Moscow,” the 16-year old said.

The American ladies fought back in their free programs after dismal shorts. Gracie Gold was eighth, but her second place free skate landed her in fourth over all. Ashley Wagner, 11th used her 3rd place free skate to catapult her into fifth. The USA will send three ladies to Boston in 2016.

 

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