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13-year-old is first female figure skater to land two quads (video)

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The next great Russian figure skater is 13-year-old Alexandra Trusova.

Trusova won the world junior title with an unprecedented two quadruple jumps in her free skate, both called fully rotated with positive grades of execution from judges.

Trusova is the second woman to land a clean, fully rotated quad in competition after Japan’s Miki Ando at the 2002 Junior Grand Prix Final.

Trusova joined Ando in landing a quad Salchow at a domestic event last month.

Then on Saturday, Trusova landed both a quad Salchow and the first quad toe loop by a woman in her junior worlds free skate.

Her total score — 225.25 — would have placed fourth at the PyeongChang Olympics.

A Russian won the junior world title for the seventh time in the last eight years.

The previous winners became a Who’s Who of senior stars — 2014 Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova (2011), 2014 Olympic team champion Yulia Lipnitskaya (2012), 2015 World bronze medalist Yelena Radionova (2013, 2014), 2016 and 2017 World champion Yevgenia Medvedeva (2015) and 2018 Olympic champion Alina Zagitova (2017).

Trusova cannot compete at the senior world championships until 2020 due to age requirements.

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Olympic pairs silver medalists out of figure skating worlds

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Olympic pairs silver medalists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China are the latest PyeongChang stars to pull out of the world figure skating championships.

Sui has a stress fracture in her foot, according to Xinhua News Agency.

That means Sui and Han will not defend their 2017 World title in Milan, Italy, in two weeks.

Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, the 2015 and 2016 World champions, are also out as they retired after taking bronze in PyeongChang.

That makes Olympic gold medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany even bigger favorites.

Savchenko, 34, earned five world titles with former partner Robin Szolkowy, making the podium eight straight years between 2007 and 2014 before he retired. With Massot, she earned bronze in 2016 and silver in 2017.

Top challengers should be Russians Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, who were fourth in PyeongChang and third at the 2017 Worlds. Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres could earn France’s first Olympic or world pairs medal since 2000.

Top skaters often skip the world championships that are held one month after the Olympics for fatigue or off-ice opportunities.

Other notable skaters missing worlds:
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — Injured
Javier Fernandez (ESP)
Patrick Chan (CAN) — Reportedly retired
Adam Rippon (USA)
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA)
Meagan Duhamel
/Eric Radford (CAN) — Retired
Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) — Possibly retiring
Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviyev (RUS)

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Figure skating coach Richard Callaghan suspended

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A figure skating coach who once trained Olympic champion Tara Lipinski has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct first made against him nearly 20 years ago.

Richard Callaghan was accused of sexual misconduct in April 1999 by Craig Maurizi, one of his former students and later an assistant to him in San Diego and Detroit.

Maurizi told The New York Times that Callaghan had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with him beginning when he was 15 years old. The alleged misconduct had begun nearly 20 years earlier. Callaghan denied the allegations.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s misconduct watchdog, announced Callaghan’s suspension on its website this week. U.S. Figure Skating then issued an order barring him from all of its events until further notice, as mandated in its bylaws.

On Friday, the 72-year-old Callaghan told ABC News: “That’s 19 or 20 years ago. I have nothing to say.”

He also said he had not been notified of the suspension, though he said he “saw a note on a website somewhere.”

In a statement on Friday, U.S. Figure Skating confirmed the suspension and said it would have no further comment.

Maurizi told ABC News that the suspension was “a great step in the right direction,” but he did not go into details about what prompted the action.

“At this time, I’m not going to discuss whether I have or have not filed a new claim through SafeSport,” Maurizi said. “I’m in the process of securing legal representation on my behalf.”

Maurizi’s previous grievance against Callaghan with the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the precursor to U.S. Figure Skating, was dismissed on procedural grounds.

He was Callaghan’s assistant at the Detroit Skating Club until they split after Lipinski turned pro, left Callaghan and decided to train with Maurizi.

Callaghan, who also coached six-time U.S. champion Todd Eldredge, said he has retired to Florida but still coaches a few times a week.

He was listed as the chief operating officer of Champions of America, a skating clinic owned by Eldredge.

The company’s website still advertised private skating lessons with Callaghan until Friday afternoon, when the page was removed, ABC News reported.

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