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March 9, 2021

Figure Skating: Alissa Czisny captures first Grand Prix title

USA’s Alissa Czisny performs to Selections from Winter and Spring by George Winston at the 2010-11 Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating in Beijing, goldenskate.com informs.

Czisny was able to defend her lead and win her first ever Grand Prix Final title (180.75), while Carolina Kostner of Italy (178.60) edged out Japan’s Kanako Murakami (178.59) for silver by the smallest possible margin. The best performance of the night was delivered by Miki An­do, who won the long program, but had to settle for fifth place overall (173.15). The Japanese did not put a foot wrong in the entire routine (except for getting low levels of her spins). The level of her command over her moves, as well as audience’s attention, reminded everyone that despite the recent problems, she is a former World Cham­­pion and a contender for me­dals of the up­coming World Cham­pion­ships in To­kyo. She re­ceived 122.70 for her free ska­ting and posted the best technical score of the night. “I’m plea­sed with today’s performance,” she said. “Especially with the fact that I could succeed the double Axel – triple toe combination during the second half of the program, which was one of my goals of this season. After the disappointment of the short program, I could regain my concentration and I could show my best performance today.”

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