Day 4- Results/Full highlights - 2008 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Day 4- Results/Full highlights - 2008 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Post by Vick444~No Sp.. » Sun, 17 Feb 2008 22:05:26

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ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Day 4

The competition at the 2008 ISU Four Continents Figure
Skating Championships concluded Saturday in Goyang, the
Republic of Korea, with the Ladies Free Skating.

Ladies, Free Skating
In what was an exciting Ladies Final, Mao Asada of Japan
skated to victory with Canadian Joannie Rochette and Miki
Ando (JPN) coming in second and third.

Rochette skated first of the top contenders. The Canadian
Champion opened her expressive routine to "Don Juan" by
Felix Gray with a solid triple Lutz-double toe-double
loop combination a triple flip and a triple loop. Another
triple Lutz and a triple Salchow followed, before she
went for the triple toe-triple Salchow sequence, but the
22-year-old underrotated the second jump and stumbled out
of it, but recovered to hit a double Axel-double Axel
sequence. Rochette earned a level four for two of her
spins and a level three for the other two and the
straight line step sequence. The Canadian earned a new
seasons best of 119.50 points (63.40 element score/56.10
program component score) and moved up from third to
second with at total of 179.54 points to take her second
consecutive medal at Four Continents. She had won the
bronze last year. "The first two jumps were very
important. I was glad I could stand up strong. I landed
too forward, and I knew I wouldnt do the Sal (Salchow)
right. I am glad that I went for it. For Worlds, Ill
have to get the sequence", Rochette said. "This
competition gives me confidence, but on the other hand,
each competition is different. But I know I can do the
triple-triple sequence."
Overnight leader Mao Asada was up next. Skating to
"Fantaisie Impromptu" by Frederic Chopin, she nailed a
beautiful triple Axel, a triple Lutz, triple loop, a
triple flip-triple loop combination as well as a two more
double Axels. She also went for the triple flip-triple
toeloop combination, but the second jump was cheated and
downgraded. The 17-year-old produced a level-four spiral
sequence, flying sit and flying combination spin in her
and was awarded a level three for the footwork and two
other combination spins. The performance was smooth and
effortless. The Japanese scored 132.31 points
(71.91/60.40) and racked up a total score of 193.25
points to claim the gold. She achieved a new seasons best
score. "Before my program, I was very nervous, but when I
started to skate I felt stronger. And so I am very happy
about how I skated today. I am especially pleased to have
landed the triple Axel and I will try my best for the
World Championships", the skater told the press.
Ando had drawn to skate last. The first element in her
"Carmen" program was planned as a triple Lutz-triple loop
combination, but she doubled the second jump and had a
wobbly landing on it. The reigning World Champion then
popped her quadruple Salchow into a single and stumbled
out of it, but then she rallied back to complete four
clean triples as well as a double Axel-double loop
combination and difficult spins three of which got a
level four. When she finished her performance she knew it
wouldnt be enough this time. Ando earned 117.59 points
(60.85/56.74), setting a new seasonal best for herself.
Overall she slipped from second to third at 177.66
points. "I am sad about popping the quad Salchow and
missing the triple-triple combination. I was thinking too
much about the quad, thats why I just popped it", Ando
commented. "But everything is ok. I was skating well in
practice in the second part (of the program), but I
didnt practice enough the first part."

Na-Young Kim (KOR) was fourth with a solid performance
that included four clean triples and three level-four
spins. She only stepped out of an underrotated triple toe
at the end (158.49 points). Mira Leung (CAN) finished
fifth (157.36 points). She had a seasons best performance
with four triples. Katrina Hacker (USA) came in sixth at
153.06 points. The American made no error and landed five
triple jumps.

For full results please see: www.isu.org. The 2008 ISU
Four Continents Championships conclude Sunday with the
Exhibition Gala.

http://www.isu.org/vsite/vcontent/content/transnews/0,10869,4844-1285...