28 October 2013, 14:01

Figure skating: Lipnitskaya won gold in Canada

Yulia Lipnistakaya

Yulia Lipnistakaya

Yulia Lipnistakaya

A 15-year-old talent from Russia Yulia Lipnistakaya made the Canadian crowd hold their breath at the second Grand-Prix event in Saint John.

Russia’s Olympic hopeful Yulia Lipnistakaya delivered a flawless free-skating performance on Saturday nailing her extremely complicated combinations of triple lutz triple toe loop along with double axel-triple toe loop- double toe loop.

Russian skater posted a great sum of 131.34 and leapfrogged the short program leader Gracie Gold of the USA in the final standings. Akiko Suzuki of Japan settled for silver while Gracie Gold completed the podium in Canada.

This was Lipnitskaya’s second straight victory this season. Earlier the world junior champion left behind all of her rivals at the tournament in Finland.

Notably last year’s Skate Canada champion Kaetlyn Osmond withdrew from women’s singles with a hamstring injury.

In pair skating the 2013 world bronze medalists Duhamel and Radford of Canada failed to retain their leading positions as after winning short program they dropped into third place after Saturday’s free skate, behind the Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek and the Chinese Sui Wenjing Han Cong who took gold and silver respectively.

The three time world champion in men’s single skating Patrick Chan was not perfect on Saturday but he landed two huge quad jumps to claim his fourth Skate Canada International title.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won the silver, while his compatriot Nobunari Oda took bronze.

Neither Hanyu nor Oda landed clean quads Saturday night.

Olympic champions Tessa Virtie and Scott Moir were unrivaled in ice-dancing program. Weaver and Poje of Canada took silver. Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won bronze.

Voice of Russia

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