You know a figure skating program is something special when the skater can fall on the opening jump and still place first. That's exactly what Russian skater Alexandra Trusova did at Skate Canada in October 2019, missing the landing on her opening quad salchow but getting right back up and proceeding to nail every other jump and choreography sequence. Just 15 at the time, Trusova said in a postmeet interview that she typically has trouble with her first jump but tries to pull herself together for the rest of the program.
She did that and more this time around. With a program set to music from the Game of Thrones soundtrack, Trusova embodied both Daenerys, cupping a dragon against her shoulder at the beginning of the routine, and the dragons themselves with her fierce and powerful skating. The full program included three more quads (the most difficult category of jump) and ended with a bang that left us on the edge of our seats, and with over a million views so far on YouTube, we think viewers agree. Watch the mesmerizing free skate for yourself above!