Russian teenage determine skating prodigy Kamila Valieva gained the primary of a sequence of Grand Prix tournaments organized in her homeland as a substitute for worldwide competitions, earlier than bearing on the doping case ordeal she endured on the Beijing Olympics.

Valieva, 16, completed first within the ladies’s particular person occasion on the ‘Golden Skate of Moscow’ occasion which concluded on the MegaSport Palace within the Russian capital on Sunday.

Valieva earned 160.74 factors for her free skate routine, including to her 83.92 tally from Saturday’s quick skate program.

Valieva’s complete of 244.66 factors was sufficient to complete forward of 15-year-old Sofia Akateva.

Akateva totaled 236.68 factors throughout the 2 days of competitors, gathering 163.98 for her free skate routine and a brief skate rating of 72.70.

Anastasia Zinina, additionally aged 15, was third on the rostrum with a complete of 200.43 factors. Zinina earned 130.24 factors for Sunday’s free skate, added to 70.19 for her quick routine.

The Moscow Grand Prix is the primary of six tournaments which can be held throughout Russia within the coming weeks, as compensation for the ban imposed on Russian determine skaters at official ISU occasions due to the battle in Ukraine.

Valieva’s efficiency has performed out amid the continuing doping saga which first emerged on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics again in February.

{The teenager} helped Russia to gold within the determine skating workforce occasion in Beijing, earlier than it was reported that she had examined optimistic for banned coronary heart drug trimetazidine primarily based on a pattern collected on the Russian championships in December 2021.

Valieva was cleared to compete within the particular person occasion in Beijing by a Court docket of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) panel, however completed a disappointing fourth place regardless of being the sturdy favourite for gold.

The Russian Anti-Doping Company (RUSADA) has continued to analyze the case because the Winter Video games, with a conclusion anticipated within the close to future.

RUSADA officers introduced final week that they intended to keep the details of the case private, citing Valieva’s age and standing as a “protected particular person.”

Valieva has unveiled new routines this season which draw upon her Olympic ordeal – specifically a free skate efficiency which ends with {the teenager} protecting her face, simply as she did amid the extraordinary media glare in Beijing.

Valieva admitted on Sunday that the routine was “emotional.”

“It’s not that I really feel unhealthy or it’s laborious for me, it simply comes flooding again at my performances. I used to be nice. I learn a variety of hate about my coaches and myself, so let’s depart it,” Valieva mentioned, as quoted by RIA Novosti

“After all, I’m able to skate this program all season. If I wasn’t prepared, I’d say so. I solely care in regards to the opinion of my coaches and the folks round me. I’m not a flower to please everybody.”

Valieva mentioned on Saturday that she was nursing her method again to kind following harm, and {the teenager} fell when trying a quad toe-loop in her free skate on Sunday – the one ‘ultra-C’ ingredient included in her routine.

Her scores on the weekend had been additionally method off the world file tallies Valieva set final season.  

“I don’t know what turned out higher. I can’t say that I favored all the things, similar to after any efficiency,” Valieva told the Russian media.

“The coaches will already inform you what labored and what didn’t. In precept, I’m glad that I went into the toe loop. It was thrilling, as if I used to be leaping for the primary time…

“There have been no ideas to not take dangers. These sorts of ideas had been within the Olympic season. Now, quite the opposite, I need to do jumps,” Valieva added.

“Slowly, we’ll proceed our preparations, I’ll restore the triple axel and quadruple salchow. I’ll slowly get again to kind.”

“On the stage in Kazan, we’ll see what occurs,” mentioned Valieva, already looking forward to November’s efficiency in Tatarstan, which can be her second look within the Grand Prix sequence.

The Russian Grand Prix sequence continues within the Olympic resort of Sochi on the finish of October.     


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