(Reuters) – An inspired Alexandra Trusova of Russia landed three quadruple jumps as the Russian teenager won Skate Canada’ ladies programme in British Columbia on Saturday.
The 15-year-old, despite falling on her first of four quadruple attempts, scored a world-leading 241.02 points in her senior International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix debut.
A massive 166.62 points in Saturday’s free skate, another best, vaulted the twice world junior champion to the championship.
Trusova had been only third after Friday’s short programme but dominated Saturday’s competition.
Japan’s Rika Kihira, the short programme leader, finished second with 230.33 points and South Korean You Young joined them on the podium with 217.49 points.
Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier gave Canadians their own reason to cheer when they overcame two-time world medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States to win the ice dance competition.
Gilles and Poirier, second after Friday’s rhythm dance, surged to the top in Saturday’s free dance to claim their first International Skating Union Grand Prix gold medal with 209.01 points.
Hubbell and Donohue took second (206.31) with Britain’s Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson third (195.35).
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Sandra Maler)