Figure skating – ‘Gladiator’ Kagiyama puts rivals to the sword in Turin
Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama said his victory from behind at the Gran Premio d’Italia in Turin was a good learning experience ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics after the teenager bounced back from a short program riddled with mistakes to win gold. The 18-year-old was seventh after the short program, but clocked a personal best 197.49 points in freestyle, on the soundtrack of “Gladiator,” for a total of 278.02 points, sufficient for his second. title of the ISU Grand Prix.
“Coming into the long program, I didn’t even think about getting on the podium or getting a good score, I just planned on doing my best,” said Kagiyama, World Championships silver medalist plus. early this year. “After the short program I couldn’t change my mindset and… I felt weak in training. I didn’t know what to do with the situation.
“My coach said let’s forget what we did last year, the position, the record. So I let go and thought I was starting from scratch and doing my best and that helped me. It’s a good experience for me. “Russian Mikhail Kolyada was second with 273.55 points after errors on three jumps cost him, while 19-year-old home favorite Daniel Grassl was third with 269.00.
“The performance was not ideal, but (my coach) Alexei Nikolaevich said we were going in the right direction and I believe it,” said Kolyada. “It’s a shame about the mistakes but I liked the emotional part of my performance.”
The 2022 Winter Olympics begin on February 4 in Beijing.
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