Kostornaia wins her first NHK Trophy
Russian youngster Alena Kostornaia won her first NHK Trophy title yesterday in Sapporo, Japan, securing her place at next month’s figure skating Grand Prix Finals. The teenager, 16, produced clean jumps in the free to score an overall score of 240.00 points, sealing her second Grand Prix triumph this season. With her victory, Russia swept the women’s competition of the six-round Grand Prix series. Defending champion Rika Kihira of Japan was second with 231.84 points, wowing the home crowd.