As we prepare for the US National Championships, let's take a look at a few countries have held their national championships already.
RUSSIA: This event was possibly the most interesting one of them all! Elena Radionova topped the competition and win her first national title after skating two clean and inspired programs. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva won second after a few mistakes, with junior Evgenia Medvedeva third. Anna Pogorilaya improved on her last few performances, but her effort was only good enough for fourth place. Sadly, Julia Lipnitskya's poor season continued with an incredibly flawed free skate for ninth place. Elena Leonova finished in seventh.
Radionova, Tuktamysheva and Pogorilaya have been named to the Russian European Championship team. Injured Adelina Sotnikova was named an alternate before an announcement was made she would be too injured to compete. It appears her season as well as fellow Sochi superstar Julia Lipnitskya's seasons are over.
JAPAN: Satoko Miyhara won her first Japanese title after a wonderful free skate. Rika Hongo skated well to the silver medal, and the bronze was won by Wakaba Higuchi. Kanako Murakami struggled into fifth place behind fourth place finisher Yuka Nagai.
Miyahara, Hongo and Murakami will represent Japan at the World Championships.
FRANCE: Mae Bernice Meite easily defended her national title.
FINLAND: Kiira Korpi won her fifth national title.
CHINA: Zijun Li reagined her title as well.
SWEEDEN: Viktoria Helgessen defended her national title and sister Joshi finished second.
SOUTH KOREA: So Youn Park won her first national title.
Canada and the US are the last big skating nations to hold their championships next weekend. Let the excitement begin!
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