Japanese figure skater Kaori Sakamoto won at the 2023 Grand Prix Ice Skating Final in Beijing. In her decisive skating she showed an outstanding performance, earning 225.70 points. Second place went to Luna Hendricks with 203.36 points.
There was only 0.2 points between Belgian skater Luna Hendricks and Japan’s Hana Yoshida in the final score sheet. Yoshida demonstrated a triple axel while Hendricks’ performance fell apart, and it was surprising how the judges scored it at 203.36 points.
US figure skater Isabeau Levito, who experienced setbacks on the first day of the Grand Prix final, said the clean ride was an inspiration to her. She admitted that she had a lack of confidence lately, but after dreaming about a successful skating performance, she found motivation to perform well.
Levito also revealed that she listened to rap singer Nicki Minaj’s album of profanity before her performance and this, she said, made her stronger during the second day of the tournament.
Japan’s Hana Yoshida, who successfully performed the triple axel, admitted that she had difficulties with the stability of the jump. However, she managed to perform it at the finals, which surprised the skater herself.
Luna Hendricks from Belgium also expressed her surprise in her statements after the second day of the performance. She admitted that she faced forgetfulness twice during the rolling, which greatly affected her performance.
The winner of the Grand Prix final, Kaori Sakamoto, emphasized that she had a lot of energy, but the mistake on the flip was the result of unnecessary haste. She also noted that her first places in all the tournaments of the season were an additional motivation for her upcoming performances in the season.
Final protocol of the Grand Prix Figure Skating Final in Beijing, China:
Kaori Sakamoto (Japan) – 225.70
Luna Hendricks (Belgium) – 203.36
Hana Yoshida (Japan) – 203.16
Nina Pinzarronet (Belgium) – 194.91
Isabeau Levito (USA) – 191.86
Rion Sumiyoshi (Japan) – 180.39