Crikey! Australian pair takes home gold from Tallinn. Alexandrovskaya & Windsor make history.
September 30, 2016
Article from Ice Network. Reported by Renee Felton.
"Australia" and "figure skating gold medalist" don't typically go hand in hand. But they did Friday.
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor surprised the skating world as the Australian team were crowned pairs champions at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Tallinn, Estonia, making them the first JGP medalists from their home country.
The Aussies weren't exactly in position to take the top spot after the short program: They trailed leaders Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridonov of Russia by nearly eight points going into the free skate. However, Alexandrovskaya and Windsor put together the best free skate of the day, while the short program leaders placed seventh in the segment.
Skating to music from the W.E. soundtrack, the champions, who finished eighth in their JGP debut in Czech Republic, received positives Grades of Execution (GOEs) on nine of their 11 elements. The 102-point performance was highlighted by a side-by-side triple toe-double toe-double toe combination and double axels, as well as two Level 4 spins and two Level 4 lifts. They finished with an overall mark of 159.26.
Russian teams filled the next three spots, with silver medalists Alina Ustimkina and Nikita Volodin tallying 156.95 points, and bronze medalists Ekaterina Borisova and Dmitry Sopot earning 150.25. Atakhanova and Spiridonov finished fourth.
With one JGP event remaining, the top four teams in Tallinn are all in contention for a spot at the JGP Final. Ustimkina and Volodin will compete in Germany next week.