That Was The Week That Was In Figure Skating (26 September – 2 October 2016)

We take a quick look back at what happened in the world of skating over the course of the past week.

Hanyu Lands First Quad Loop At Autumn Classic

Skating history was made by Yuzuru Hanyu at the Autumn Classic International in Montreal, Canada when in the short program he became the first skater to land a clean quadruple loop in competition. Despite mistakes in both the short and the free skating, the 2014 Olympic champion won both segments of the event to take gold. Misha Ge finished second with Max Aaron third.

After sitting out two seasons, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir made their return to competition in the city where they now train. The Canadians skated confidently and won by an impressive margin of over 28 points. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker took silver and Laurence Fournier-Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen the bronze.

There was another victory in the pairs event for Canada when Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau captured the pairs title. Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres posted a new ISU personal best in the free to bag silver ahead of Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran.

Mirai Nagasu won the ladies event ahead of Alaine Chartrand and Elizabet Tursynbaeva respectively.

Russian Skaters Dominate At Ondrej Nepela Memorial

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev were back in international competition for the first time since January of this year and they were back to their winning ways in Bratislava. For the second week in a row, Madison Chock and Evan Bates were runners-up while Tiffany Zahorski and Jonathan Guerreiro nabbed the bronze.

In her first full season competing as a senior, Maria Sotskova won the ladies title by over 24 points from teammate Julia Lipnitskaya. Mariah Bell finished third.

In the men’s event, Sergei Voronov came out on top. Kevin Reynolds came second with Russia’s Roman Savosin coming third.

Russia swept all four titles in Bratislava and also the pairs podium. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov took top honours. After an almost career-ending injury, Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov were back performing on the international stage taking silver. The bronze went to Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert.

Australian Pair Have Historical Win At Junior Grand Prix Tallinn Cup

At the penultimate Junior Grand Prix in Tallinn, Estonia, history was made by Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor when they became the first skaters representing Australia to win a Junior Grand Prix title. They finished ahead of Russia’s Alina Ustimkina and Nikita Volodin and Ekaterina Borisova and Dmitry Sopot respectively. Despite ending up third, Borisova and Sopot have secured their place in the Junior Grand Prix Final.

Polina Tsurskaya from Russia became the first female singles skater to win two titles this season and booked herself a ticket to the Junior Grand Prix Final to defend her title from last year. Teammate Elizaveta Nugumanova took silver behind her and Japan’s Mako Yamashita won the bronze.

There was also a second title for ice dancers Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd from Russia who moved to the top of the list of qualifiers for the Junior Grand Prix Final. Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin also from Russia came second with Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye from the United States third.

Alexander Samarin is the third man to earn himself a berth at the Junior Grand Prix Final after pulling off his second win of the series. Roman Sadovsky of Canada landed his country’s first medal at a Junior Grand Prix this season with his silver. Leading after the short, Vincent Zhou from the United States had to settle for bronze in the end.





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