Shcherbakova wins figure skating gold as Valieva collapses

It was a clean win for Anna Shcherbakova, the underappreciated world champion, while teammate Kamila Valieva slid out of the medals with a mistake-filled performance.

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I haven't realised my Olympic Games are over. “I just know I skated clean,” said Shcherbakova, who finished second to Valieva. “I am overjoyed that I haven't seen the result.

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It was a clean win for Anna Shcherbakova, the underappreciated world champion, while teammate Kamila Valieva slid out of the medals with a mistake-filled performance.

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Alexandra Trusova, with 255.95 points, landed five shaky quads of her own. Given the difficulty of her programme, Trusova was dissatisfied with the judges.

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Quad squad


Tutberidze's "Quad Squad" relied on flawless clean programmes. Her first quad flip-triple toe loop combination on Thursday was unstoppable.

“The importance of this is so huge,” Shcherbakova said. “I still can't believe the competition is over and this is the outcome. “I don't understand.”

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Valieva wept in the kiss-and-cry zone. But she didn't win gold in the women's programme and faces a drug test investigation.

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A quad toe loop-triple toe loop combo was Valieva's first quad salchow. Valieva fell on her other quad toe loop late in the programme and spun out again.

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