World bronze medalist Carolina Kostner won the first round against former U.S. champion Alissa Czisny at the International Challenge Cup today, taking the lead in the short program by five points. The ladies followed the men’s short program, which saw Florent Amodio go out in front heading into the free skate.
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Kostner doubled the second half of her triple toe-triple toe combination, but the combination was clean, as was the rest of her program. Though she was technically conservative, her high program component marks kept her score high. The judges gave her a 64.89 for a comfortable lead over the rest of the field.
Skating in the first group, Czisny set the standard with a 59.82, though she fell on her opening triple lutz and also had an error on her solo triple loop. Without a combination, her base value was lower than planned, but strong execution on her spins kept her within striking distance of Kostner.
Italian champion Valentina Marchei hit a triple lutz-double toe combination and a solo triple salchow. She is currently just over two points behind Czisny with a 57.55.
Sweden’s Viktoria Helgesson, considered to be a medal contender coming into the competition, had a disappointing short program, falling on an underrotated triple toe to open her program. She is in eighth with a 45.63 going into the free skate.
Earlier in the day, American Leah Keiser took the lead in the junior ladies’ event. This event is her debut in international competition. In junior pairs, Americans Jessica Pfund and AJ Reiss lead after the short. And in junior men, Great Britain’s Peter James Hallam won the short program.
LADIES (after the short program)
1. Carolina Kostner ITA – 64.89
2. Alissa Czisny USA – 59.82
3. Valentina Marchei ITA – 57.55
4. Myriam Leuenberger SUI – 48.31
5. Lena Marrocco FRA – 47.76
6. Kerstin Frank AUT – 47.66
7. Haruna Suzuki JPN – 46.44
8. Viktoria Helgesson SWE – 45.63
9. Manouk Gijsman NED – 45.31
10. Fleur Maxwell LUX – 45.14
11. Romy Buhler SUI – 43.84
12. Cecillia Torn FIN – 42.92
13. Anne Line Gjersem NOR – 42.06
14. Henriikka Hietaniemi FIN – 40.07
15. Rosaliina Kuparinen FIN – 38.90
16. Belinda Schonberger AUT – 37.72
17. Kana Muramoto JPN – 37.16
18. Isabel Drescher GER – 36.98
19. Eva Lim NED – 35.29
20. Jennifer Urban GER – 33.64
21. Sandy Hoffmann GER – 32.47
22. Michelle Couwenberg NED – 30.83
23. Dasa Grm SLO – 30.19
24. Ami Parekh IND – 29.40
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