Plushenko leads at Russian champs
Evgeni Plushenko took the lead after the short program at the Russian figure skating championships, which takes place in Sochi.
Plushenko performed a cascade of quad toe – double toe with a little mistake, then purely executed a gorgeous triple Axel and a triple Lutz. He got 91.68 points for the short program.
“Physically I felt fine. There was a little backache. But I have a great experience of skating with injuries. Plushenko’s character helped me today.” He commented at a press conference.
Vergei Voronov finished second (87.69) and showed the best technical skating of the day. He performed a cascade of quad toe – triple toe; triple Axel and triple loop.
“I was a little bit nervous today but I’ve done well with my elements. Something did not work well on the step sequence, so I can’t call my performance as perfect. In general, I coped psychologically and overcame myself.” Voronov said.
2012 Junior Grand Prix Champion Maxim Kovtun is holding the third place with 75.38 points. Kovtun made a mistake on the landing after the quad, then fell on a triple Lutz but performed very well his triple Axel.
“I’m not entirely happy with my today’s skating. I don’t know what happened with the jumps; probably it was because of nerves. I satisfied only with my spins and steps.” Kovtun said.
Ice Dance, SD: Bobrova/Soloviev – 68.05; Ilinykh/Katsalapov – 66.14; Monko/Khaliavin – 61.90.
Pairs, SP: Volosozhar/Trankov – 78.69; Kavaguti/Smirnov – 70.19; Stolbova/Klimov -67.78.