Miki Ando from Japan captured the gold medal at the 2009 -2010 Rostelecom Cup of Russia in a exciting finish to the ladies event. After the short program, Julia Sebestyen from Hungary was in first place, followed by Alissa Czisny from the U.S. and then Miki. But the free skate proved pivotal and Miki's consistent triples pulled her ahead of the pack. Great news for Ashley Wagner from the U.S., who climbed from fifth after the short to win the silver medal. Alena Leonova from Russia rounded out the podium with a bronze medal and an effusive skate to Chicago. A big surprise for Japan's Mao Asada, who just can't seem to find her groove yet this season. She finished fifth overall and please lord, let her see the light and stop going for the triple axels.
Final results for ladies at 2009-2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series - Rostelecom Cup of Russia:
Below is Miki's free skate to Cleopatra which she debuted on September 26 at the Stars, Stripes and Skates ice benefit.