Tutberidze’s ladies keep dominating – Petrosyan wins junior event

Adelia Petrosyan (Photo by @mihail_sharov)

13-year-old Adelia Petrosyan, another up-and-coming figure skating star from Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny, won the junior ladies event at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi.

Leader after the short program by ten points, Petrosyan landed her opening double axel with both arms above her head. She then completed a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination but made an error on a triple loop. She held on to two triple attempts – a Salchow and a flip – with tight landings and received a total score of 207.18 points, enough to hold on to the top step of the podium.

Petrosyan is the second junior ladies’ competitor from Tutberidze’s team to participate in the Cup of Russia series this season – Sofia Akatyeva, who won the opening stage of the series, in September, by over forty points against the nearest competitor, was the first.

Winner of the second stage of the Cup of Russia series, CSKA’s Elizaveta Berestovskaya was fourth after the short program. Skating to the Russian song Kalinka, the 12-year-old began her free skate with a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination and another quad toe loop right after. Berestovskaya landed all triple jumps – apart from a double axel – and received a total score of 204.19 points to improve to second place overall.

Second after the short program, Valeria Ovchinnikova performed her program to Billie Eilish’s and Khalid’s Lovely. She began her free skate with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. No falls and an artistic outing earned the young skater a total competition score of 190.89 points. Ovchinnikova did enough for the last podium position.

Sixth after the short program, CSKA’s Anastasia Morozova skated to music from Schindler’s List. She began her performance with a double axel and then a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. Morozova fell on a triple loop halfway through the routine but finished the performance strong, earning a total competition score of 171.10 points and improving to fourth place.

Third and just 0.10 points behind Ovchinnikova after the short program, Maria Dmitrieva landed a high double axel to begin her performance. A missed flip and a fall on an immediate flip afterwards, almost midway through the routine, cost her a lot of points because the judging panel counted the missed jump as an attempt – thus, a beautiful triple Lutz at the end did not count, as it was considered an eighth jump attempt. Dmitrieva received a total score of 169.84 points and finished fifth.

Just a tenth of a point behind her teammate Morozova after the short program, Yana Liventseva of CSKA opened her free skate performance with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. She followed that up with a triple flip and then a double axel-triple toe loop combination. Liventseva appeared to have skipped a combination attempt after a double axel in the second half of the routine but completed a triple loop-Euler-double Salchow combination in the next sequence. She earned a total competition score of 168.66 points and improved to sixth place.

Fifth after her short program performance, Daria Loboda opened her free skate routine with a successful double axel. Skating to music from the musical Romeo and Juliet, Loboda landed a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip, and another double axel in the first half of the performance. A fall on a loop in the second half of the program cost Loboda points but an artistic skate and a nice step sequence earned her a total score of 168.36 points. However, she dropped to seventh place.

This past weekend, Tutberidze’s senior ladies – two-time Russian National champion Anna Shcherbakova and 2020 World Junior Championship silver medalist Daria Usacheva – took the gold and silver medals in Sochi. More information about them is here.

Full results:

  1. Adelia Petrosyan – 207.18
  2. Elizaveta Berestovskaya – 204.19
  3. Valeria Ovchinnikova – 190.89
  4. Anastasia Morozova – 171.10
  5. Maria Dmitrieva – 169.84
  6. Yana Liventseva – 168.66
  7. Daria Loboda – 168.36
  8. Anna Karpuk – 157.29
  9. Ekaterina Skulkina – 153.08
  10. Sofia Azarova – 144.87
  11. Daria Pomashkina – 142.21
  12. Ksenia Sisoeva – 141.11
  13. Alisa Skrinnikova – 132.92
  14. Alisa Mekhedova – 131.00
  15. Yulia Balbutskaya – 121.47
  16. Viktoria Antonenko – 118.79
  17. Arina Vidineeva – 110.51
  18. Margarita Veselova – 100.87

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