Tuktamysheva is only lady planning triple axel; Trusova – 3 quads, Shcherbakova – 1

According to the released planned program content, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva will be the only lady attempting a triple axel and Alexandra Trusova is planning three quadruple jumps at the 2020 Rostelecom Cup.

Tuktamysheva is widely known for her good jumping technique and ability to land the triple axel. She is planning a triple axel in the short program, and two in the free skate. Earlier this week, a video clip from a training session was posted of Tuktamysheva landing a quad toe loop in practice – raising speculation whether or not she will attempt it at the ISU Grand Prix series event this weekend.

After not attempting her signature triple axel in her season’s debut two weeks ago at the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series in Kazan, Alena Kostornaia is again listing double attempts instead. The reigning European champion will still be among the favorites because of her typical high program component score.

Trusova and Anna Shcherbakova are the only ladies planning quad jumps at the competition in Moscow. Two-time World Junior champion Trusova declared a double axel instead of a triple version in the short program – after having attempted the triple in her two Cup of Russia series appearances this season – and three quads in the free skate. She also announced three quads at her previous competition; however, surprisingly opted for a fourth quad in her combination in the second half of the routine. Keep an eye on the planned triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination on Saturday.

Shcherbakova is yet to try a triple axel in a competition; the two-time Russian National champion will bet on her program component score to win her way to the top after the short program. The 16-year-old from Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny will attempt just one quad at the beginning of her free skate performance but is capable of doing another one.

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