Kamila Valiyeva confirmed she was a big Olympic favorite by winning the Russian Championships, the world’s most intense female figure skating competition with the biggest margin in event history.
Valiyeva, an unbeaten 15-year-old in her first senior season, had three quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate.
She has 283.48 points, beating Aleksandra trusova of 34.83, more than double the largest women’s margin in Russian national championship history since the scoring system changed 15 years ago.
Full results are here.
Seven Russian women aged 14 to 17 combined to attempt 18 quads on Saturday, winning 11. No woman has managed a quad at the Olympics.
Valiyeva is heading towards the Olympics, although Russia may not name their full three-woman squad before the European Championships in January.
Trusova, who landed three quads on Saturday and fell to a fourth and a third place Anne Shcherbakova, the world champion who fell during her only attempt in quad, are the first to join her.
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, the 2015 world champion, was the second-best skaters old enough to compete in the Olympics. She finished seventh overall, finishing behind two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old who only turned 16 after the July 1 deadline for Olympic eligibility.
Tuktamysheva, 25, trying to become Russia’s oldest Olympic skater in singles since 2006, could be offered a second chance to prove herself if she is named to the three-woman squad for the European Championships.
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