Published 7:14 p.m. ET Oct. 20, 2017
MOSCOW – Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was both of those languid and specific as she continued her domination of women’s figure skating, practically breaking her individual earth file with a exceptional small software at the Rostelecom Cup on Friday.
Nathan Chen of the United States landed two quads to take a robust lead soon after the men’s small software of the cup, the initially of the 6-leg figure skating Grand Prix sequence.
Medvedeva’s 80.75 factors on Friday — just .1 factors off her file — positioned her extra than 6 factors ahead of 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy. Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi was in third, extra than 11 factors behind the chief.
The software to a dreamy Chopin nocturne showed Medvedeva’s characteristic penchant for increasing an arm throughout jumps and for inserting the jumps late in the software, which adds to the base value in scoring and heightens drama.
As earth winner for the past two years, 17-year-outdated Medvedeva has showed remaining energy that she attributes to marshaling self-management amid the physiological changes of late adolescence.
“The most crucial key is self-discipline,” she said. “I just cannot try to eat what I want soon after 6 in the evening like I did prior to.”
Kostner, at 30, is at an age when aggressive skating is above for lots of, but said she is looking forward to urgent onward.
“I held a large amount of emotions and I hoped I could transfer and converse them to the viewers,” she said.
Chen, the American national winner, outpointed Olympic winner Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan by practically 6 factors in the small software, with 100.54.
Dmitri Aliev of Russia, in his initially time on the senior circuit, was in third place, and trailing by another 6 factors.
Chen adopted his opening quad lutz with a triple toe loop that he landed awkwardly, but landed a quad flip confidently and late adequate in the software to make a reward.
“I’m extremely delighted with now,” Chen said. “The ice was fantastic.”
He also said he liked the event’s recently instituted sale of tickets to apply sessions, indicating he considered possessing an viewers extra electricity.
Hanyu stepped out of his opening quad loop and fell on his quad-triple toeloop blend.
“Tomorrow I want to exhibit a better result. For me this is the second Olympic time and I prepare to perform as considerably as prior to,” Hanyu said.
Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov led the pairs soon after a small software highlighted by a large triple twist lift and her mild landing of a triple loop toss. Compatriots Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, the 2014 Olympic silver winners, were 5 factors behind soon after she fell on the facet-by-facet triple toeloop. Italy’s Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek were in third.
In ice dancing, American brother-and-sister duo Maia and Alex Shibutani led soon after the small dance, adopted by Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin.