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Korpi edges Gold for ladies crown at Rostelecom

Finnish skater snags second Grand Prix win of career; Americans Gold, Zawadzki make podium

With the win, Finland's Kiira Korpi should be headed to the Grand Prix Final.
With the win, Finland's Kiira Korpi should be headed to the Grand Prix Final. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(11/10/2012) - Kiira Korpi of Finland struck gold, and U.S. skaters Gracie Gold and Agnes Zawadzki claimed the silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup.

Performing to Once Upon a Time in America, Korpi landed a triple toe-triple toe combination and three more triple jumps, but under-rotated a triple loop. Two spins and the footwork garnered a Level 4, and the European silver medalist scored a new season's best with 115.64 points. She totaled 177.19 points to win the second Grand Prix event of her career.

"I am really happy about my skating today," Korpi said. "I made some mistakes on my easiest jump, the loop. These were a hard two weeks, first in China and now here, and in practice I felt tired. The six minutes warm-up [was] not so great, but I had Sochi (the Grand Prix Final) on my mind and I decided that I want to go there."

Gold's program to Life Is Beautiful included a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and two triple flips, but she doubled a loop and Salchow. The 17-year-old achieved a new season's best with 112.87 points and slipped to second with 175.03 points.

"I was okay with my performance today," Gold said. "There were a lot of flaws, and there is room to improve, so I'm looking forward to skating the program even better. Getting a medal [here] is such a confidence boost."

Zawadzki produced three triple jumps and three Level 4 spins in her program to "Rhapsody in Blue," but two other triples were under-rotated. The American picked up 106.43 points, which added up to 166.61 overall.

"There were a couple of flaws, but overall I think it was a pretty good first performance in my first Grand Prix," Zawadzki said. "I've got a history of not doing great longs ... I think it's step in the right direction. I think it's a good step for Japan (NHK Trophy) that I have in a couple of weeks."

Korpi now tops the Grand Prix standings with 26 points.

Kanako Murakami of Japan moved up from sixth to fourth with 166.34 total points. Russia's Adelina Sotnikova and Alena Leonova followed in fifth and sixth place, respectively. American Caroline Zhang was 10th.