Russia, Canada to dominate Grand Prix stage
Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamisheva won her first seniors’ Grand Prix gold. Skating to a latin selection, Elizaveta executed perfectly six triple jumps including a triple Lutz-triple toe and earned 117.81 points. Overall the Russian talent earned 177.38 points. “I’m very happy about winning this event. I skated well and I’ve a lot of positive emotions right now. I did not 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.” Skate Canada winner noted.
Japan’s Akiko Suzuki performed her free skate program to “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss with seven triples as well as three level four spins. “I enjoyed my Free Skating so much,” Suzuki said. “After the Olympics, I felt defensive, but this year I am trying to be more positive again and to improve.” she added.
Ashley Wagner of USA landed five triple jumps but fell on an under- rotated Lutz and earned 110.98 points for her Black Swan. She moved from second to third place with 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 planning to make a few changes, adjustments here and then I go to NHK Trophy. I’m very excited,” said Wagner.
Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold among pair skaters. Their program to Black Swan has been highlighted by a triple toe-double toe combination, a high triple twist, and a throw triple loop. Maxim Trankov just made a little mistake in his triple Salchow. The Moscow Worlds silver medalists earned 130.96 points for their free skate program and 201.38 overall. “Today was not perfect. I did a stupid mistake on the triple Salchow,” Trankov noted. “We changed the second half of our program following the Nebelhorn Trophy and the competition in Bratislava and maybe we were not completely ready yet. But we are very happy with our scores and winning. This is our first Grand Prix together.” Trankov continued.
Patrick Chan of Canada performed to victory in the men’s free skating event as Spanish Javier Fernandez won historic first Grand Prix medal for Spain with his second place. The bronze medal went to Japanese Daisuke Takahashi.
Skate Canada 2011 – Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, Free skate
Skate Canada 2011 – All medalists
1. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva (RUS) 177.38
2. Akiko Suzuki (JPN) 172.26
3. Ashley Wagner (USA) 165.48
1. Patrick Chan (CAN) 253.74
2. Javier Fernandez (ESP) 250.33
3. Daisuke Takahashi (JPN) 237.87
1.Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov (RUS) 201.38
2. Wenjing Sui / Cong Han (CHN) 180.82
3. Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford (CAN) 174.84
1.Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (CAN) 178.34
2.Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje (CAN) 155.99
3.Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte (ITA) 154.87