Teenager wins women's title on senior debut
World junior silver medallist Elizaveta Tuktamisheva won the overall women’s title at Skate Canada on her ISU senior debut, after a second-placed finish in the women’s free skate.
The 14-year-old Russian, who is the youngest women’s gold medallist at the event in 30 years, pipped Aikiko Suzuki to the title after finishing second to the Japanese women in the free skate.
Tuktamisheva recorded a score of 117.81 points in the free skate behind Suzuki’s 119.44 but her short programme triumph was enough to win her the overall gold with 177.38 points, 5.12 points clear.
"I didn't feel a big difference," she said when asked about stepping up from junior. "I try not to think of the importance of the competition."
American Ashley Wagner finished third in both the free skate and the overall title.
Reigning world champion Patrick Chan recovered from an unexpected loss in the short programme to win the men’s overall title with a solid free skate performance.
The 20-year-old, skating on home ice in Toronto, edged short programme winner Javier Fernandez despite a fall on his first quad toe loop.
Chan hit his second attempt at the jump to score 170.46 points for a routine to music by Joaquin Rodrigo, with Fernandez finishing second with 165.62 points.
It was enough for the Canadian to win his second Skate Canada title in a row, with his 253.74 points sneaking him ahead of Spaniard Fernandez on 250.33.
“I made an extra effort to stay relaxed,” Chan said. “It felt good. It was a success.”
Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi, himself a world champion in 2010, finished third in both the free skate (153.21 points) and the overall competition (237.87 points).
Russian duo Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the pairs title by adding a free skate win to their short programme triumph on Friday.
The pair, who won silver at the World Championships on home ice last May, scored 130.96 points (201.38 overall) for their routine to music from the film “Black Swan” to finish ahead of China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who recorded 121.59 points (201.38 points).
Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford finished third in both the free skate, with 112.47 points, and in the overall competition, with 174.84 points.