Kamila Valieva leads after short program

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Niina Petrõkina from Estonia finished 33rd.
ISU Junior Grand Prix Final ChampionKamila Valieva of Russia claimed the lead in the Ladies Short Program. Korea’s Haein Lee came second followed by Daria Usacheva of Russia.

Valieva delivered an exquisite performance of her program “Girl on the Ball” inspired by Picasso’s painting, hitting a triple loop, double Axel, triple Lutz-triple toe and beautiful spins and steps that all merited a level four. The 13-year-old posted a new personal best of 74.92 points. "I skated quite well, except for the combination, there was a little mistake,” Valieva said. “I was a bit nervous before the competition, but I tried not to be nervous once I took my starting position.”

Niina Petrõkina from Estonia didn't succeed at the triple-triple jump combination and had to settle with 33rd place (46.56 points). "I feel disappointed, I really wanted to perform well. It is my first major event and I felt too much nerves today", told Petrõkina after her short program.


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