Team Tutberidze maintains dominance with Sofya Akatyeva

Sofya Akatyeva on the podium with coaches Sergei Dudakov and Daniil Gleikhengauz

Days after Anna Shcherbakova won the ladies’ event at the first stage of the Cup of Russia, another Sambo-70 star – Sofya Akatyeva – followed suit in the junior ladies’ event.

Already holding a 16.11-point lead after the short program, the 12-year-old figure skater opened up her free skate program with a triple axel and then a quad toe loop on her way to a dominant gold medal in Syzran. Earning 149.69 points in the free skate, her total score of 230.83 points was light years ahead of second place Maria Zakharova who earned a total of 187.20 points. Valeria Ovchinnikova placed third with 186.39 points.

Akatyeva is another one of Eteri Tutberidze’s, Sergei Dudakov’s, and Daniil Gleikhengauz’s students who has a bright future ahead of her. In early 2019, coach Tutberidze posted the young skater – then just 11 years old – performing a quad toe loop in practice becoming a sensation:

The full results of the junior ladies’ event at the first stage of the Cup of Russia:

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