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Kostornaia clinches figure skating GP Final crown with stellar performance & new WR as Russians sweep ladies’ podium

Kostornaia clinches figure skating GP Final crown with stellar performance & new WR as Russians sweep ladies’ podium
Russian figure skating rising star Alena Kostornaia has won her maiden ISU Grand Prix Final in Turin, captivating the audiences with a flawless routine, and finishing well ahead of her teammates and fellow Russian teen sensations.

Kostornaia, 16-year-old disciple of renowned Russian coach Eteri Tutberidze, gave a stunning performance at her first ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Turin, Italy, to smash a word record in the short program and in the combined total.

With a comfortable lead after Friday’s short skate, Kostornaia opened her free skate with two triple Axels, one in combination with a double toeloop, and breezed through the rest of her routine without much of an error, earning the record-breaking  247,59 overall score.

Kostornaia clinches figure skating GP Final crown with stellar performance & new WR as Russians sweep ladies’ podium

On the podium, Kostornaia was joined by fellow members of #TeamTutberidze, Anna Shcherbakova, who won silver,  and Alexandra Trusova, who had to content with bronze despite making history and becoming the first woman to land a quad flip in the competition, that is in addition to a quad lutz and a quad toeloop in combination with a triple Salchow.

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Another Tutberidze star pupil, reigning Olympic and world champion Alina Zagitova was in for a disappointing day two of the Grand Prix Final on Saturday, finishing at the bottom of the table after an error-ridden free skate dashed her hopes for a podium despite a near-perfect short program, that propelled her to the second spot on Friday.

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Defending Grand Prix Final champ Rika Kihira also failed to cope with the  pressure, and landed in forth overall, unable to recover from a disastrous short program.

American Bradie Tennell, the only other non-Russian skater in the final, finished fifth.

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