Alexandra Trusova, the 17-year-old Russian prodigy, received the free skate on Thursday after trying 5 quadruple jumps in essentially the most bold technical program within the historical past of girls’s Olympic determine skating. However she needed to accept the silver medal and appeared extraordinarily upset afterward. So what occurred?
It is very important do not forget that the results of a skating competitors is the mixed rating of the brief program and the lengthy program. Trusova fell on a triple axel — essentially the most troublesome triple leap — within the brief program, and completed fourth. Quad jumps usually are not permitted for girls within the brief program. Trusova has by no means landed the triple axel in competitors. It has a base worth of 8 factors when finished cleanly, however Trusova obtained solely 3.20 factors after her fall.
She started the free skate greater than 5 factors behind her coaching companion, Anna Shcherbakova, 17, the eventual gold medalist. Shcherbakova skated extra conservatively within the brief program, ending second after performing a double axel as an alternative of a triple and receiving no level deductions for imperfect jumps.
The distinction within the brief program scoring was 80.20 factors for Shcherbakova to 74.60 factors for Trusova. So whereas Trusova narrowly received the free skate with 177.13 factors to Shcherbakova’s 175.75 factors, Trusova couldn’t make up the hole from the brief program. Shcherbakova received the gold medal with 255.95 whole factors to Trusova’s 251.73 factors.
Additionally, skating includes greater than leaping. The result rewards a whole efficiency. Along with a technical rating for jumps and spins, a skater receives a part rating. That is primarily a rating for artistry. The part rating judges components like skating expertise; footwork and different transitional strikes between jumps; the construction and unity of a program and the power to translate the music and choreography into efficiency.
The technical rating and part rating are added to provide the whole rating for skaters within the brief program and once more within the lengthy program.
Leaping, not artistry, is Trusova’s robust go well with. On Thursday, she obtained the very best technical rating in successful the free skate however recorded solely the third-highest part rating, leaving some doubtlessly decisive factors on the desk.
The 5.67-point benefit that Trusova had over Shcherbakova within the technical rating within the free skate was eroded by a 4.29-point deficit to Shcherbakova within the part rating. Shcherbakova had the very best part rating of all rivals within the free skate. Trusova’s part rating additionally trailed the leaders within the brief program.
Lastly, whereas Trusova tried 5 quads within the free skate, she landed solely three cleanly. Two others — a toe loop and lutz — obtained deductions from their base level values by the judges. These quad deductions amounted to three.43 factors. Trusova obtained one other slight deduction, of about half a degree, for a flawed double axel-triple toe mixture leap.
Shcherbakova tried solely two quads within the free skate however landed them each cleanly and obtained no level deductions for any technical components in her routine.
All of those causes, thought-about collectively, resulted in Shcherbakova’s gold medal and Trusova’s silver.
Afterward, Trusova was seen on digital camera saying, “I hate it! I don’t wish to do something in determine skating ever in my life! Everybody has a gold medal and I don’t.”
Later, her eyes purple from crying, she instructed reporters, “I’m not proud of the end result. There isn’t a happiness.”