Skating lesson by Elizaveta Tuktamisheva
Elizaveta Tuktamisheva of Russia leads at Skate Canada after she performed a strong, confident and very nice short program to a Tango by Astor Piazzolla. Elizaveta executed perfectly a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple loop and double Axel to pick up her new personal best of 59.57 points.
“Competing in my first senior Grand Prix event, I didn’t know what to expect”, the 14-year-old World Junior silver medalist said. “I like to compete here and I skated well and I enjoyed my skating. I’m very happy with today’s result”, she added.
One of the most interesting things is that many media sources preferred in their previews to keep focus on other skaters, despite the fact that they knew the big potential of Elizaveta. I would like to hope that now they will change their opinion. In the pre-season interview Lisa told me that she thinks about underestimating. “This will provide added incentive and motivation for me to skate well and prove that we [former juniors] should not be underestimated.” she said with a smile.
Ashley Wagner and Rachael Flatt of the USA take second and third places, respectively.
Wagner performed a solid skating to “Pollock” by Jeff Beal with a triple flip-double toe, a double Axel and two level four spins. The repeated World junior bronze medalist earned 54.50 points. “I tought today was a pretty, solid performance. Obviously I would have preferred the Lutz was not such a flutz. But I was very happy with the program. It was similar to my practices and I think it was a very good start to my Grand Prix season”, Wagner said.
Rachael Flatt executed a triple flip-double toe, a triple Lutz and double Axel in her short program to “East of Eden” and earned 54.23 points. “I am very excited to have started out the season with such a strong short program, because I haven’t had the best short programs at the Grand Prix over the years. I am looking forward to tomorrow”, the 18-year-old Stanford University student said.
Author: Vladislav Luchianov
Skate Canada 2011 – Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, Short program