Beijing 2022 Olympic team event champion and 2021 Russian championship gold medalist Kamila Valieva finished fourth after the short program at her country’s figure skating championships. She made a mistake in performing a triple axel and received a score of 76.61 points.
“What can I comment, a mistake that is unusual for me, what can I say. I don’t want to say “it happens”, but that’s how it turned out. Tomorrow is the voluntary program, a program that decides a lot. I have a lack of self-confidence and that’s why received,” commented the Russian.
We remind you that Valieva is under investigation for the use of doping, and the state championship is the only competition in which she can participate after the sanctions against Russian athletes.
Sofia Akatieva won the short program with 85.59 points. Elisaveta Tuktamisheva is second with 82.98, and Sofia Muravieva is third with 79.96 points.
Earlier today it became clear that the silver medalist of the Beijing Olympic Games Alexandra Trusova will not participate in the Russian championship for medical reasons. Akatieva is 15 years old and trains under the guidance of Eteri Tutberidze. She has two gold medals in the Junior and Girls Grand Prix series.
The women’s volley program will be held on Saturday.