Anna Shcherbakova wins the French Grand Prix for figure skating
Anna shcherbakova successfully went through a bumpy first part of the Olympic figure skating season. Next comes a series of bigger tests, which will likely culminate at the Winter Games in February.
Shcherbakova, who holds the two most prestigious titles of world champion and champion of Russia, scored a nervous victory in a Grand Prix in Grenoble, France.
After starting a short program for first place on Friday, she slipped and fell on takeoff of her first Lutz in the free skate on Saturday. She recovered to still post the best score of the day, with a quadruple flip, and total 229.69 points.
“I didn’t understand what happened on my first jump and after the program I still didn’t realize what had happened,” she said, according to the ISU. “The jumps went well during the warm-up and I was very confident. The mistake upset me and I was very upset, but I did all of my elements afterwards, which was very important.
Later Saturday, world silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama won the men’s title with 286.41 points and five quads between two programs, leaving compatriot Shun Sato by 41.42.
American Jason brown was third, keeping his chances of qualifying for the six-skater Grand Prix final in December intact. Brown landed a fully turned quad for the first time in 25 career attempts through 2015, according to SkatingScores.com, although the landing was not clean and received a negative execution rating.
The favorites also won the ice dance – four-time world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron from France with the highest score in the world this season of 221.25. And as a couple – world bronze medalists Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitry Kozlovskiy from Russia.
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Shcherbakova beat her Russian teenage compatriot Aliona kostornaya by 7.84. Japanese Wakaba Higuchi was third. Americans Karen chen and Mariah bell were fourth and fifth.
Shcherbakova won her two Grand Prix starts this fall after placing second in a lower level competition.
But none of these included a training partner Kamila Valiyeva, who has recorded the highest scores in the world this season. Skate Canada Valiyeva’s 265.08 three weeks ago are 28.3 points ahead of the second woman in the world – Shcherbakova.
Valiyeva will likely put that Olympic favorite tag on the line several times against Shcherbakova and other top compatriots over the next two months – the Grand Prix final and the Russian championships in December and the European championships in January. .
First of all, Valiyeva will take part in the Rostelecom Cup next week in Russia against a field not including Shcherbakova.
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