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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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Vincent Zhou, U.S. silver medalist, wins World Junior Figure Skating Championship

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Vincent Zhou became the first U.S. singles skater to win a world junior title in four years on Thursday.

Zhou, a 16-year-old who took silver at the U.S. senior nationals in January, landed three quadruple jumps in his free skate to leap from fifth after the short program to take gold in Taipei, Taiwan.

Zhou trailed by 4.61 points after the short program, where he didn’t attempt a quad. He had the highest free skate score by 13.61 points.

Zhou’s total score — 258.11 points — ranks him 11th in the world this season among all skaters and fourth among Americans behind Nathan Chen (world-leading 307.46), Jason Brown (268.38) and Adam Rippon (267.53), the last three U.S. champions.

It’s easily the highest total score recorded by a skater that young under the 12-year-old points system, though scores have inflated as the years have gone on.

Though Zhou took a distant second to Chen at U.S. Nationals, the second and final spot on the U.S. team for worlds in two weeks went to Brown. Selection procedures look at recent international and national results, in addition to the U.S. Championships, and Zhou had never completed a full senior international competition.

The last American to win a world junior singles title was Joshua Farris in 2013. U.S. men have earned eight total medals at the last six junior worlds, despite taking zero senior Olympic or world medals in that stretch.

The last American woman to win a world junior title was Rachael Flatt in 2008.

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Adorable girl steals show at World Junior Figure Skating Championships (video)

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An adorable little girl was the star of the World Junior Figure Skating Championships Opening Ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday.

The girl skated near the beginning and end of the ceremony to “The Sound of Music,” gliding, spinning and even dropping to her knees with precocious choreography.

In the closing number, she lay on the ice and was picked up and carried off by an older woman while waving to the crowd.

Icenetwork.com is streaming the World Junior Championships for subscribers. A schedule is here.

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