Defending national champion Adelina Sotnikova made it three titles in four years today with a win at the 2012 Russian Figure Skating Championships. But her win was not easy, as a new breakout star amongst the Russian ladies gave her a run for the gold. Undefeated in the junior international circuit this season, 13-year old Julia Lipnitskaia made it a close race but was unable to take the gold away from Sotnikova.
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The leader after the short, Sotnikova started off her free skate with a solid triple lutz-triple loop combination. But the second half of her program was uneven, with a step out of her triple salchow, a hand down on her triple loop, and a singled double axel. Her final score of 193.71 gave her another gold at home by just over two points.
Fresh off her win at the Junior Grand Prix Final, Lipnitskaia showed that she is another one to watch for the future. She hit seven triples in her free skate, including two double axel-triple toe combinations to open. She won the free skate with a 128.54, but was unable to overtake Sotnikova. Her final total of 191.65 gave her the silver medal.
Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Alena Leonova had a shaky free skate to finish with the bronze. Her normally-consistent triple toe-triple toe combination abandoned her this week – she did not complete the combination in the short and fell out of it in the free skate. But she had trouble with both her triple lutz and her triple flip in the free skate as well.
Former Russian champion Ksenia Makarova dropped from second to fourth. Another youngster, 12-year old Elena Radionova, made a strong debut on the senior level at Russian Nationals, finishing fifth.
Perhaps showing signs of fatigue from a long season so far that included three Grand Prix events, Elizaveta Tuktamisheva struggled again in her free skate. She landed her opening triple lutz-triple toe combination, but fell on her triple flip and later on her triple salchow. With four clean triples, she moved up one spot to sixth, a far cry from her bronze medal last season.
LADIES (final standings)
1. Adelina Sotnikova – 193.71
2. Julia Lipnitskaia – 191.65
3. Alena Leonova – 178.15
4. Ksenia Makarova – 175.49
5. Elena Radionova – 174.81
6. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva – 174.40
7. Polina Korobeynikova – 165.57
8. Evgenia Medvedeva – 161.74
9. Sofia Biryukova – 156.11
10. Polina Shelepen – 154.78
11. Anna Shershak – 152.11
12. Evgenia Gerasimova – 152.02
13. Maria Artemyeva – 148.44
14. Polina Agafonova – 148.14
15. Alexandra Deeva – 144.50
16. Sofia Mishina – 143.74
17. Anna Ovcharova – 134.67
18. Maria Stavitskaya – 130.72
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