Skate Canada International continued in Mississauga, Ontario Satuday with the Men's, Ladies and Pairs Free Skating. Skate Canada is the second of six events in the series. The skaters compete for a global prize money of US $ 180, 000 per individual event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and receive points according to their placements.
Elizaveta Tuktamisheva (RUS) skates off with Ladies gold
Elizaveta Tuktamisheva of Russia skated off with the Ladies gold medal. Japan's Akiko Suzuki pulled up from fourth to claim the silver medal and Ashley Wagner (USA) claimed bronze.
Performing to a Latin Medley, Tuktamisheva reeled off six triple jumps including a triple Lutz-triple toe and scored 117.81 points. Overall the 14-year-old accumulated 177.38 points. I am very happy about winning this event. I skated well and I have a lot of positive emotions right now. I didn't feel a big difference between this event and the junior events. I try not to think about the importance of an event, I take each event seriously, no matter if it is a big or a small one, the World Junior silver medallist noted.
Suzuki's program to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss included seven triples as well as three level-four spins. The 26-year-old won the Free Skating with 119.44 points and totaled 172.28 points. I enjoyed my Free Skating so much , Suzuki said. After the Olympic Games, I felt defensive, but this year I'm trying to be more positive again and to improve, she added.
Wagner landed five triple jumps but fell on an underrotated Lutz to earn 110.98 points for her program to Black Swan. She slipped from second to third at 165.48 points overall. Today felt great. I was so happy with what I put out. For the first long program of the Grand Prix season I just wanted to perform very strong. I was very satisfied with the exception of the Lutz. Now I have a week at home. Mr.Nicks and I are plan to make a few changes, adjustments here and then I go to NHK (Trophy). I am very excited, Wagner commented.
Alena Leonova (RUS) moved up to fourth with 152.22 points and Mirai Nagasu (USA) was fifth (151.72 points). Rachael Flatt (USA) who was ranked third in the Short Program dropped to tenth after numerous errors (128.22).
Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (RUS) seize Pairs gold
Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov seized the Pairs gold. Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China moved up from fourth to take the silver and the bronze went to Canadians Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford.
Volosozhar/Trankov's program to Black Swan was highlighted by a high triple twist, a triple toe-double toe combination and a throw triple loop. Trankov only stepped out of the triple Salchow.The World silver medallists scored 130.96 points which added up to 201.38 overall. Today was not perfect. I did a stupid mistake on the triple Salchow, Trankov admitted. We changed the second half of our program following the Nebelhorn Trophy and the competition in Bratislava and maybe we weren't completely ready yet. But we are very happy with our scores and winning. This is our first Grand Prix together, he continued.
Sui/Han opened their Flamenco routine with a quadruple twist and hit a throw triple Salchow and Flip as well as difficult lifts. Sui only stumbled on a cheated triple toe-double toe-double toe combination. The two-time and reigning World Junior Champions earned 121.59 points and moved up two spots at 180.82 points. We just finished the junior events and flew over here. We made a little mistake today, but we are happy with the result, Han told the press.
Skating to Viva la Vida and Yellow by Coldplay, Duhamel/Radford produced a triple twist, a throw triple loop and two level-four lifts, but struggled with the solo jumps. The 2011 Four Continents silver medallists picked up 112.47 points for the Free Skating and had a total of 174.84 points. To come third and to be on the podium was an amazing experience for us and we are really happy to start our season that way. We know we missed a couple of elements that we know we usually don't miss and we'll be working to improve that, Radford noted.
Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran (JPN) slipped to fourth at 169.41 points and Lubov Iliushechkina/ Nodari Maisuradze (RUS) remained in fifth with 165.17 points.
Patrick Chan (CAN) strikes gold in the Men's
Canada's Patrick Chan skated to victory in the Men's event as Javier Fernandez captured historic first Grand Prix medal for Spain with the silver. The bronze medal went to Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.
Chan fell on his opening quad to but recovered to hit a quad toe-triple toe instants later as well as a triple Axel and four more triples in his routine to Concierto de Aranjuez. The reigning World Champion scored 170.46 points and moved up from third to first at 253.74 points. Today, I had trouble staying light, and really being in the ice, using the bend and rise of my knees. It wasn't pretty, but I was proud of myself to trip before that Lutz and still put it out. I'm happy that I am able to keep that strong mind like I did in the short. It shows that I'm maturing as an athlete and as a competitor, Chan commented.
Performing to a medley of Verdi operas, overnight leader Fernandez produced a quadruple Salchow, a triple Axel-triple toe, but touched down with his hand on the quadruple toeloop and crashed on his first Axel. The Spaniard received 165.62 points for his effort and totaled 250.33 points. It feels great with theses skaters, they are the kings of skating. I'm so happy to be here today. After the Short Program I got so much pressure in me. I think I did the best I can. My legs were shaking, I was pretty nervous before (the performance), Fernandez said.
Takahashi went for a quadruple flip, but two-footed and it was downgraded. The 2010 World Champion hit six clean triples and three level-four spins to earn 153.21 points. He racked up 237.87 points overall. My performance was not good, but I got a level four for all spins for the first time and I'm so happy about that, Takahashi said. I noted that my technical score was low and I realized that I need to get stronger technically, he added.
Adam Rippon (USA) went for a quadruple Lutz, but the jump was landed forward. He finished in fourth place at 217.97 points. Denis Ten (KAZ) repeated last week's fifth place finish from Hilton HHonors Skate America but improved his score with 212.39 points.
Skate Canada International concludes Sunday with the Free Dance and the Exhibition Gala.For full results please see www.isu.org