Julia Lipnitskaia takes lead at the Junior Grand Prix Final
Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia leads in Quebec at the Junior Grand Prix Final after the ladies short program. Her teammate Polina Shelepen finished second and American Vanessa Lam came third.
Julia Lipnitskaia performed her short program “Dark Eyes” very strong and it was highlighted by a triple toe – triple toe combination, a triple Lutz, double Axel and perfect spins. The young Russian talent earned 59.98 points. “I can do better than that, for example the combination triple toe – triple toe could have been better and I wobbled in the footwork. Everything else was quite good. However, I skated much better at the Junior Grand Prix (in Italy, where Julia achieved a seasons best of 63. 71 points), technically it was a much better performance than today”, Lipnitskaia said.
Polina Shelepen executed the triple Salchow – triple toe loop combination, which was under – rotated, but pulled off a very good triple Lutz , double Axel and the high level spins in her program to “Marco Polo” by Ennio Morricone.
American Vanessa Lam turned in a solid program to “Time to Say Goodbye” that included a triple flip – double loop and level four spins, but her triple Lutz received an edge call. Lam posted as seasons best of 54.34 points. “I felt the warm up went really well for me. I was pacing the performance and felt I presented the program well. I really worked on my transitions and they felt better here. The goal for the free skate is to land jumps and we worked on the presentation”, Lam told to the press.