Russia’s Kamila Valieva came from behind to snatch the Junior Ladies gold as the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final continued Friday in Torino (ITA). Alysa Liu (USA) settled for the silver medal and the bronze went to Daria Usachva of Russia.
Kamila Valieva of Russia 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Valieva delivered an excellent performance to “Exogenesis Symphony Part 3 Redemption” by Muse, reeling off seven clean triples including a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination and a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow. The JGP Cheliabinsk Champion collected a level four for her spins and footwork and scored 138.45 points. She totaled 207.47 points to rise from fourth to first place.
“It is a little unexpected. I just went out to skate clean and show what I can do. I was in fourth after the short program, but the points gap (to the podium places) was not big, so I thought I have a chance if I skate clean,” the 13-year-old said. “I’m happy with the skate and with the jumps I did. It was a simple version today but it was clean so that’s the main thing. I wanted to do a quad toeloop at the Final so I am disappointed about that. I want to get my quad toeloop back and then I will see. I would like to learn a triple Axel too.”
Alysa Liu of USA 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Liu landed four clean triple jumps in her ambitious routine to “Illumination” by Jennifer Thomas and went for two quad Lutzes and two triple Axels. However, the JGP Lake Placid Champion missed the first triple Axel while the second Axel and the two Lutzes were underrotated. Liu earned 133.46 points and slipped to second place with a total of 204.65 points. “I’m happy I came here and it’s a relief it’s over but I’m disappointed. My goal is always to skate a clean program but I didn’t do it. It went OK but it could have been better in a lot of things. So now I’m going to train a lot and improve the imperfections,” the American skater commented.
Daria Usachva of Russia 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Usacheva’s performance to “Je suis malade” included a triple Lutz-double toe, triple loop and five more triples, but two of them were not clean. The 13-year-old nevertheless managed a personal best with 130.22 points and dropped one spot to third at 200.37 points overall.
“I’m happy to be on the podium but not so pleased that I didn’t get all my elements clean and perfect. There were mistakes and issues and that’s not what I wanted today,” the Muscovite noted.
Schedule of the event
Saturday, December 7: Men’s Free Skating, Junior Pairs & Men’s Free Skating, Junior Free Dance, Free Dance & Ladies Free Skating
Sunday, December 8: Exhibition Gala
Where to watch and follow the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2019?
Viewers will be able to watch the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final on ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube Channel or for viewers in Japan on TV Asahi and viewers in Korean on SBS.
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ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2019