Trusova wins second gold medal at Cup of Russia

Alexandra Trusova

Two-time World Junior champion and winner of the second stage of the Cup of Russia series last month, Alexandra Trusova delivered two outstanding performances at the fourth stage of the series in Kazan to win her second consecutive gold medal this season.

The 16-year-old had officially planned to attempt three quad jumps. She landed her opening quad Salchow and her next quad Lutz but could not hang on to the quad toe loop. Trusova landed a double axel to complete a great start to the routine, and in the second half of the performance, she landed another quad – a good quad toe loop-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Unfortunately, she fell on a triple Lutz-double loop combination towards the end of the program; however, the “quad queen” had attempted four quadruple jumps and did enough to win the competition. Trusova earned a total competition score of 248.63 points for first place.

Leader of the ladies’ event after the short program by less than a point, 2020 European champion Alena Kostornaia completed her highly anticipated season’s debut in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. The 17-year-old landed a double axel to begin her performance and then a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination. Forgoing a triple axel for another double axel instead, Kostornaia ended up receiving a total competition score of 226.31 points and won the silver medal.

14-year-old Maya Khromykh, from Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny team, was third after a great short program performance on Sunday. Bronze medalist at the first stage of the Cup of Russia series in Syzran, Khromykh fell on her opening quad Salchow attempt and then managed to hold on to the following triple flip. Fourth at last season’s World Junior Championship, the young figure skater fought for every jump and made a few errors on a few elements. She received a total competition score of 212.72 points and remained in the top three.

Fourth overall at the previous stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi, 2019 European champion Sofia Samodurova landed her first triple flip-triple toe loop combination and then a good triple loop. Alexei Mishin’s only skater in this event, the 18-year-old Samodurova presented a good and solid program – with a few under-rotations and just a harsher mistake on a triple flip in the second portion of the routine. Having been fourth after the short program, she received a total two-program score of 197.19 points. Samodurova remained in fourth place again.

Fifth after the short program, Elizaveta Nugumanova presented her free skate program to Zayn’s Dusk Till Dawn. Sixth overall at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi two weeks ago, the popular 18-year-old from St. Petersburg began her performance with a triple Lutz and then a triple flip. An artistic presentation with great spins and without any falls but multiple under-rotations earned her a total competition score of 190.05 points.

In seventh position after the first day of the competition, 16-year-old Ksenia Tsibinova – from Sergei Davydov’s group at CSKA – landed a triple flip to begin her free skate routine. An energetic performance with mostly strong jump attempts, but a few jumping errors here-and-there, earned her a total competition score of 189.98 points.

Valeria Shulskaya, who trains at the Angels of Plushenko, landed her opening triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, followed by a triple flip. Sixth overall at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow, she landed a triple loop, a double axel, and avoided major mistakes in her free skate performance. Ninth after the short program, she earned a total two-day score of 185.39 points to improve two positions to seventh overall.

Eighth after the short program, 16-year-old Anastasia Tarakanova completed her first competition of the season. The former student of both Eteri Tutberidze and Evgeny Plushenko, Tarakanova landed her opening triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. Skating to music from Evanescence, she continued with a successful triple flip and triple loop. A much better free skate performance, compared to the program on the first day of the competition, earned the two-time ISU Junior Grand Prix event winner a total competition score of 184.85 points to maintain a position inside the best ten.

20-year-old Stanislava Konstantinova, who joined Alexander Volkov’s group at Angels of Plushenko this season, was fifth overall at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow. Sixth after the short program, she opened her free skate with a good triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination but doubled a loop early in the performance and had a few more errors on jumps in the second half of the program. Konstantinova earned a total score of 177.79 points and dropped to ninth position.

Tenth after the short program, Valeria Kostina opened her free skate program with a double axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination. After a tight landing on the first jumping sequence, the young skater completed the remainder of her routine without any falls and remained in the top ten with a total competition result of 168.14 points.

Valeria Larionova, who was eleventh after the short program, landed her opening double axel-triple toe loop competition. A few iffy landings were on the edge of being under-rotated or receiving negative grades of execution but no deductions by not falling earned the young athlete a total two-performance score of 157.99 points.

Alexandra Malakhova was the first to present her free skate program. After a difficult outing in the short program, she began her second routine with a tight landing on a triple Salchow-double toe loop combination, and then a doubled flip attempt. Malakhova, from the Republic of Crimea, received a total competition score of 110.17 points.

Full results:

  1. Alexandra Trusova – 248.63
  2. Alena Kostornaia – 226.31
  3. Maya Khromykh – 212.72
  4. Sofia Samodurova – 197.19
  5. Elizaveta Nugumanova – 190.05
  6. Ksenia Tsibinova – 189.98
  7. Valeria Shulskaya – 185.39
  8. Anastasia Tarakanova – 184.85
  9. Stanislava Konstantinova – 177.79
  10. Valeria Kostina – 168.14
  11. Valeria Larionova – 157.99
  12. Alexandra Malakhova – 110.17

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