Sunday’s program at Finlandia Trophy opened with the ladies free skating segment. The top three contenders after the short program were practically tied, and while there was some movement in the rankings, all three held on to a medal.
Russia’s Maria Sotskova rose to victory with a technically accomplished performance, scoring 205,30 points and bettering her own personal best by five points. The competition proved to be no walk in the park for the 17-year-old Russian, however.
– Today was a tough day. Something went awry in the warm-up and I could not make the triple Lutz work. I found it hard to get myself together after the warm-up, and I felt like I couldn’t perform at my best. It was the first competition of the season – and an Olympic season at that – so I was nervous. I felt it was important to succeed and to skate clean, Sotskova explained.
Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the most experienced competitor among the ladies and winner of multiple championship medals, missed a few jump elements in the beginning of her program. However, her moving interpretation was rewarded with high PCS marks, which was enough to secure her the silver medal. The Italian netted a total of 193.76 points.
– Some of it was good, some of it was not so good, but my programs tend to develop as the season goes along. It’s hard to say what caused the problems today. You have to find a certain ideal height for your jumps in order to succeed. I’m a very sensitive person and I react to everything, from music to the audience. It’s wonderful to feel that the audience shares my love of skating, Kostner said.
2015 World Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva dropped from first place to third with a total score of 189,13.
– It was my first time in two years skating last in the warm-up. The long wait certainly affected my performance. The beginning of my performance was stiff and I was perhaps too focused. I felt freer towards the end. I have to get used to giving my best performance no matter when I skate and I also have to develop my competition routine, the Russian explained.