Kihira Wins Figure Skating Grand Prix Final

Kihira wins figure skating Grand Prix Final

Japanese figure skater Rika Kihira has won the women's event at the Grand Prix final in Vancouver, Canada, in her debut season.

16-year-old Kihira defeated PyeongChang Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia on Saturday.

She took the lead after a stellar performance in Thursday's short program. In the free skate program on Saturday, Kihira overcame a stumble on her first triple axel by landing the jump later on in a combination. After also finishing first in the free skate, she dominated the competition with a combined score of 233.12 points.

Zagitova came in second with 226.53.

Japan's Kaori Sakamoto finished fourth with 211.68 while Satoko Miyahara was sixth with 201.31 points.