Liza Tuktamysheva leads ladies at Russian championships

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva at Trophée Eric Bompard 2012

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva takes lead after the short program at the Russian figure skating championships, ahead of three-time national champion Adelina Sotnikova and 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final champion Elena Radionova.

Elizaveta performed her short program very emotionally and executed perfectly high level technical elements: a cascade of triple Lutz – triple toe, triple loop and double Axel. She got 69.50 points.

“I am very happy with my today’s performance and I’m very happy that I was able to skate it well.” Tuktamysheva said after the event. “I had a time to rest after the Grand Prix Final. Before the Russian championships I had a different mindset, and trainings were much more productive and successful than before the Grand Prix Final. I’m much more confident now.” she continued.

“My goal is to fight for a victory!” Liza added.

The second place holds a three-time Russian champion Adelina Sotnikova (66.99). She also performed clean all jumping elements, which included a cascade of triple toe – triple toe, a triple flip and a double Axel, but she made a mistake on her spin.

“This was probably my most clean performance in this season.” Sotnikova commented.

Reigning Junior Grand Prix Final champion Elena Radionova is currently third with a result of 64.58 points.

“Of course, I would like to be among top three skaters. Last year, I was fifth at the national championships. But the competition is very high!” she said.

Photo: The Korea Herald

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