Russia’s “quad queen” Alexandra Trusova took back her throne and with it her second Grand Prix gold medal at Rostelecom Cup on Saturday. Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva earned the silver and Mariah Bell (USA) took the bronze, her second on the circuit this season.
Skating to “Games of Thrones”, Trusova missed her opening quadruple Salchow but recovered instantly to reel off a quadruple Lutz, quadruple toeloop-triple toeloop, quadruple toeloop-Euler-triple Salchow as well as a triple flip and double Axel. However, the also fell on the back end of her triple Lutz-triple loop combination.
Trusova showed once again why she is known as the "quad queen" in Moscow © International Skating Union
The two-time World Junior Champion collected a level four for her spins and footwork and scored 160.26 points. The 15-year-old racked up 234.47 points total and overtook overnight leader Medvedeva to take the gold.
“I am very happy to have won my second Grand Prix event and to have qualified for the Grand Prix Final. However, I made some mistakes in short and free program and I’ll continue to work to skate two clean programs next time,” Trusova said. “I would like to compete with the men, because they can do a quad in the short program and we are not allowed to. Also, it would be interesting to compete with skaters that do many quads in the programs,” she added.
Medvedeva reeled off six triple jumps including a triple Salchow-triple loop combination in her program to “Memoirs of a Geisha” and got a level four for two spins and the step sequence. The two-time World Champion set a season’s best with 148.83 points and totaled 225.76 points.
“I am very satisfied with what I did today and yesterday, finally I did what I should do,” the Olympic silver medalist noted. “It is in my plans to learn a quad, I am working on the quad Salchow, but at the same time I need to make sure I stay healthy. I’ll do everything I can for it and I hope to put it out there as soon as possible,” she added.
Medvedeva ended with a season's best score to take silver © International Skating Union
Bell’s performance to “Hallelujah” featured seven triples including a triple flip-triple toeloop combination. The Internationaux de France bronze medalist earned 138.56 points and remained in third place at 205.67 points overall.
“I’m also pleased with my performance today. There are some little errors, but I can go back and work on those for whatever is next,” the US skater noted.
“I think I just now start to be consistent. I don’t have limits and I don’t think why I couldn’t (learn a quad or triple Axel). We do work on some Axel exercises and I have tried a few triple Axels. Ladies skating is really moving forward. It’s super cool to be included in that. There is a lot to be said about technical elements, but there is a lot to be said about good skating as well. To have a good balance of that is I think what you really need.”
Bell took her second bronze of the season with a graceful performance © International Skating Union
Two-time World medalist Satoko Miyahara (JPN) moved up from sixth to fourth place with an emotional performance to “Hatikva” (192.42 points). Ekaterina Ryabova (AZE) placed fifth on 187.77 points. Yuhana Yokoi (JPN) pulled up from tenth to sixth place at 182.68 points.
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Ladies.
Overall, 60 skaters/couples representing 19 ISU members compete at Rostelecom Cup November 15-17. The series continues next week with the sixth and final event NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN). The top 6 qualifiers of the Grand Prix series in each discipline will proceed to the Final in Turin (ITA), December 5 to 8, 2019. Full entry lists, results, the General Announcement of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series are available on isu.org.