13-year-old Alexandra Trusova lands two quad jumps at World Juniors!

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Alexandra Trusova is the future of ladies’ figure skating.

The 13-year-old Russian became the first female to land two quad jumps at the World Juniors in Sofia.

Trusova won with a score which would have been good enough for fourth place in PyeongChang.

Trusova makes history

Before Trusova, only Miki Ando had landed a quad jump in competition.

The Japanese completed a quad salchow at the 2002 Junior Grand Prix Final five years before her first of two world titles.

Like Ando, Trusova landed a quad salchow.

Then she tried a quad toe-loop.

Both cleanly executed to help her to the highest technical component score in ladies’ figure skating history.

PyeongChang 2018 gold medallist Alina Zagitova was last year’s world junior champion.

Runner-up Evgenia Medvedeva took the title in 2015.

Trusova looks destined for big things, but double Olympic champion Katerina Witt is worried that quad and triple jumps could cut skaters’ longevity.

Russian dominance

Trusova led home Alena Kostornaia for a Russian one-two.

Japan’s Mako Yamashita took third.

That completed a clean sweep of titles for Russia in the Bulgarian capital.

Alexey Erokhov and Artur Danielian were one and two in the men’s singles ahead of Italy’s Matteo Rizzo.

Russia filled the podium in the pairs with Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khudykin occupying the top step.

And Anastasia Skoptsova and Kirill Aleshin took victory in the ice dance.

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Author: Stephen Hannon
Stephen Hannon is the Head of News at Olympic Channel, the digital platform launched by the IOC.