Two-time ISU World medalist LoenaHendrickxof Belgium reigned in the Women’s Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix event Skate America in Allen, Texas (USA) on Saturday. U.S. Skaters Amber Glenn and IsabeauLevito follow in second and third.
Hendrickxdelivered a captivating performance to “I’m nin’alu” by OfraHaza and “Living for Love” by Madonna that featured a triple flip, double Axel as well as level-four spins and footwork. The only glitch came when she underrotated the back end of her triple Lutz-triple toe combination. The two-time ISU World medalist scored 75.92 points.
“I was pretty excited to show my new short program today,” Hendrickx shared. “I really enjoyed going out on this ice and I’mpretty happy with my performance today. I wasn’treally fully prepared for this event yet.
“I was a little struggling with my triple-triple in the second half. I knew it was a risk to try it here. And I’mreally happy that I managed to land it.”
Skating to “Heads Will Roll”, Glenn landed a triple flip-triple toe, double Axel and triple loop to post a new personal best of 71.45 points.
“Skate America being the first competition of the season for me was very bizarre but having the home crowd and the exhilaration of the entire arena really pushed me through it and I had a great time,” the 2022 Skate America bronze medalist commented.
“For me, this is the first time I’ve started my season so late. I had some complications coming in here with a surprise injury. So I was able to work with my team really wellin order to be able to take the right amount of time to be healthy and be safe, that’s my number one priority.
“To come here and try and do what I’ve been doing in practice every day is truly my goal.”
Levito delivered a strong performance of her Oriental “Snake” program set to “Yarning” as well, landing a triple Lutz-triple toe, double Axel and triple flip. The ISU Grand Prix Final silver medalist earned 70.07 points.
“I absolutely adore Second America, so I’m loving it here right now,” Levito said. “I personally am a little bit disappointed with my short program. I definitely feel like parts of my program were slow and I didn‘t put enough intensity into it.”
NiinaPetrokina(EST)placed fourth at 65.02 points with a solid skate while 2023 ISU Four Continents silver medalist Mone Chiba (JPN)came fifth at 64.24 points. Mana Kawabe (JPN) rounds up the top six (62.80 points).
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The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series started in 1995 (previously known as the ISU Champions Series) and consists of six invitational international senior events and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The top six of the past World Championships are seeded. Competitors collect points in their events towards the qualification for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Only the top six Skaters / Couples in each discipline qualify for the Final.