Grassl dominates in first stage of Italian Grand Prix

Daniel Grassl (Photo by @diebarbieri3 on Instagram)

Reigning two-time Italian National champion Daniel Grassl was dominant in the first stage of the Italian Grand Prix of figure skating.

Grassl scored 284.99 points overall and took the gold medal in the men’s event. The 18-year-old landed a quad Lutz, a triple axel, and triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination on his way to a 95.72-point short program. In the free skate, Grassl was the first skater in history to complete a quad Lutz, quad flip, and quad loop in a single program. With no negative grades of execution, he added an impressive array of jumps: a triple axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and a triple Lutz at the end. He earned 189.27 points – including a total program component score of 82.34 points – for the routine.

Former European Championship bronze medalist Matteo Rizzo took the silver medal with a total score of 214.01 points. Former Junior National champion Gabriele Frangipani was third with a total score of 206.82 points.

Last season’s Italian Junior National champion Ginevra Lavinia Negrello won the senior ladies’ event with a total score of 164.05 points. She beat out 18-year-old Elisabetta Leccardi, who earned a score of 143.41 points, and one of the event’s foreign guests, Kristen Spours from Great Britain, who received a total score of 143.16 points.

In the pairs’ event, two-time Italian National silver medalists Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini took the victory with a total score of 159.03 points. Sara Conti and Niccolo’ Macii, who were third at Nationals last season, finished in second place with a total competition score of 138.82 points. Three-time Spanish National vice-champions Dorota Broda and Pedro Betegon took the bronze medals with a total score of 122.18 points.

Full results:

MEN

  1. Daniel GRASSL – 284.99
  2. Matteo RIZZO – 214.01
  3. Gabriele FRANGIPANI – 206.82
  4. Philip WARREN (France) – 175.69
  5. Mattia DALLA TORRE – 171.44
  6. Alberto VANZ – 135.33

LADIES

  1. Ginevra Lavinia NEGRELLO – 164.05
  2. Elisabetta LECCARDI – 143.41
  3. Kristen SPOURS (Great Britain) – 143.16
  4. Francesca POLETTI – 141.00
  5. Greta MORKITE (Lithuania) – 135.52
    WD – Chenny PAOLUCCI

PAIRS

  1. Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI – 159.03
  2. Sara CONTI / Niccolo’ MACII – 138.82
  3. Dorota BRODA / Pedro BETEGON (Spain) – 122.18
    WD – Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE

Stage two of the series is scheduled to take place November 21-22 in Turin. The events held there will be the ladies category, ice dance, and junior ice dance. Reigning two-time National ladies champion Alessia Tornaghi and two-time National ice dance champions Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri will headline the event.

The Italian Ice Sports Federation has announced the creation of the Grand Prix series in early October. Italy will host four stages in different locations between October and December, as the top skaters in each discipline will attempt to qualify for the Final – scheduled to be held in mid-February.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic worldwide, many competitions have been cancelled or it is difficult to travel to them due to restrictions. With that in mind, the head of figure skating in the federation, Paolo Pizzocari, noted that the creation of an event, such as a local Grand Prix series, is important for athletes in order to maintain the habit of competing.

All of the best Italian figure skaters are expected to participate, as well as some foreign participants based on invitations. Those participants will be made public after the federations, for which the skaters are members of, receive the communication.

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