Gold leads, Lipnitskaia raises audience at Skate Canada
American Gracie Gold skated to the lead in the ladies short program. Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia came second and Japan’s Akiko Suzuki placed third.
Gold’s performance to “Three Preludes” by George Gershwin was highlighted by a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, a triple loop and two level-four spins.
The 18-year-old scored 69.45 points, a new personal best. “It was amazing. I was able to skate a clean performance. It’s just like I train and we’ve been working so hard this year. So I’m glad that I was able to go out and skate like I train and like I’m able to.” She told media.
Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia opened her routine set to “You Don’t Give Up On Love” with a triple Lutz-triple toe and followed up with a double Axel and triple flip. The 15-year-old earned level fours for her spins and footwork to post a new personal best of 66.89 points.
The program of Lipnitskaia was so harmonious, clean and spectacular that the audience cheered the skater with standing ovation.
“Today I am pretty pleased with my performance, because there was certain nervousness. I am pleased with how I completed my elements and with my scores.” she said.
Akiko Suzuki performed clean and strong her beautiful program to “Hymne à l’amour”, hit a triple flip, double Axel and two level-four spins but underroated the back end of her triple toe-triple toe combination. The 2012 World bronze medalist collected 65.76 points.
“It wasn’t my best performance, but it was not bad for my first Grand Prix event of the season. I realized I made little mistakes on the jumps and spin and that was reflected in the mark. But the overall skating wasn’t bad at all.” the 28-year-old commented.
Christina Gao (USA) is ranked fourth with 62.82 points. Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) came fifth (60.32 points) ahead of teammate Amelie Lacoste (59.13 points).