Alexandra Trusova (RUS) lands quad Lutz
On her way to her second Junior Grand Prix gold medal this season, Russia’s Alexandra Trusova became the first female skater to land a quadruple Lutz in international competition. The quad Lutz, performed in her Free Skating to “The Fifth Element”, was somewhat shaky, but fully rotated. The reigning World Junior Champion also produced seven triples, two double Axels and level-four spins to win with more than 30 points to spare ahead of teammate Alena Kanysheva. The 14-year-old racked up 221.00 points. Trusova already led following the Short Program. “My free includes three quads, but since I had been sick and did not get into top shape, we made the program easier and I skated it in Yerevan only with one quad Lutz,” Trusova said. “I am very happy that I was able to perform this jump clean and that it was recognized as rotated. I will recover, get into shape, skate my program a 100 percent and get ready for my next competitions,” she added.
Watch the ISU Skating Channel’s interview with Trusova here. Kanysheva ranked second in the Short Program with a clean performance that included a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination. She came third in the Free Skating with five clean triples, but underrotated two other triples. Overall the 13-year-old remained in second place at 187.55 points to earn her second silver medal on the Junior circuit. Yuhana Yokoi (JPN) moved up from sixth to claim the bronze medal at 184.09 points, her first Junior Grand Prix medal.
Defending ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Champion Trusova returns to the Final and is joined by last year’s silver and bronze medalists Alena Kostornaia (RUS) and Anastasia Tarakanova (RUS). Kanysheva and Anna Shcherbakova (RUS) as well as Yelim Kim (KOR) qualified for their first Junior Final. Shcherbakova landed a quadruple Lutz in a domestic competition a few days before Trusova.