Gold overcomes nerves to take Rostelecom short
Top three ladies separated by less than two points; Russians sit fourth, fifth
|Gracie Gold holds a slim 0.61-point advantage over Finland's Kiira Korpi. (Getty Images)|
Skating to "Hernando's Hideaway," Gold nailed a triple flip-triple toe combination, a triple Lutz and picked up a Level 4 for her three spins. The world junior silver medalist posted a new season's best of 62.16 points.
"I am happy with the way I skated, and I did like the score. So, I'm proud of myself and I hope to continue the same in the long program tomorrow," the 17-year-old said.
"Skate Canada was my first Grand Prix ever and only my third international competition really, and I got very nervous, and I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I wasn't able to skate like in the practices," she added. "But here I just remembered to take a deep breath and do the program just like in practice."
Korpi downgraded her opening combination to a triple toe-double toe but went on to complete a triple loop, double Axel and earned a Level 4 for two spins and her footwork to score 61.55 points.
"I was not 100 percent, and I am disappointed not to do my (triple-triple) combination," the reigning European silver medalist said. "Otherwise, my performance was solid."
Zawadzki's program to Sex and the City 2 included a triple Lutz, triple toe-triple toe and a Level 4 layback spin. The American skater earned 60.18 points.
"I was very happy with my performance today and the way I presented myself," Zawadzki said. "It's my first Grand Prix [of the season]. I love this arena. It's my third time here, and I just love to walk in and see all the colors."