Friday, August 30, 2013

Junior grand Prix, ladies results: Medvedeva steals the show with two triple-triples

Evgenia Medvedeva did a spectacular free skating featuring seven triples including two triple-triple combinations, a triple flip-triple toe at the beginning and a triple salchow-triple toe as her last jumping pass. She earned 114.35 in the free skate and won overall.

Maria Sotskova had a decent free skate overall, yet she fell in her triple flip-triple toe combo and finished second behind her compatriot.
Karen Chen who was in second after the short program, had few troubles in the free skate and had to give up the silver medal. She started by failing an attempted triple lutz-triple toe. She had to bend very deep with her knee for saving the landing of the triple lutz and couldn't do the triple toe after that. She also popped a double axel in the second half of the program and becauseher competitors didn't leave her room for mistakes, she dropped into third.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ISU Junior Grand Prix: Russian Maria Sotskova wins ladies short program

The ISU Junior Grand Prix started today in Riga with the ladies short program. Russia showed off its unlimited talent by placing two girls on the virtual podium.
Maria Sotskova won the short program with 59.45 points. She nailed a triple flip-triple toe combo and was impecable technique wise.
Just one point behind her, Karen Chen, from USA, did her debut as a junior in the grand prix. Despite her very young age (she is just 14), she performed the finest program of the bunch to the music of Esperanza scoring the highest psc of the competition. She did a triple lutz-triple toe (with under rotation mark) and a triple loop in the second half of the program. Considering her 58.21, she is in a virtual tie with Sotskova.
Another Russian lady, Evgenia Mevdvedeva, is currently third after the short program with 55.17.
All videos are available on the ISU Junior Grand Prix channel