Alissa Czisny (USA) edged out Italy’s Carolina Kostner for the Ladies title at Hilton HHonors Skate America Sunday. Viktoria Helgesson of Sweden earned the bronze, the first Grand Prix medal for her country.
Czisny landed three triples and showed excellent spins in her routine to “Valse Triste”, but struggled with some jumps. She was second in the Free Skating with 113.28 points but overall held on to first place with 177.48 points, just 0.13 points ahead of Kostner.
“That wasn’t my best out there. I tried to fight for everything. Some went well, some didn’t. It’s the first competition of the season so I can build upon that performance”, Czisny noted. “It’s always an honor to come here and represent the United States. To win here was special. I have been here on the podium but never on top,” she continued.
Skating to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Concerto No. 21, Kostner hit four clean triples but the two last spins were only a level one. The three-time European Champion won the Free Skating portion with 117.12 points and totaled 177.48 points. “I was very surprised that it went so well since it was my first competition, I didn’t expect it. I’m usually a roller coaster at the beginning of the season. This gives me confidence and I need to work on the jumps and go step by step and have a good feeling”, the Italian skater said.
Helgesson’s program to “Sunset Boulevard” included a triple loop, triple toe-double toe-double loop combination and two level-four spins. The Swede merited 94.62 points to move up from fifth to third at 145.75 points. “It’s a really big thing for me. I’m really, really happy to be here. I have improved my programs a lot from last season. I think that was what made me come this far”, the 23-year-old commented.