After the postponement of the second stage of the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, the third stage of the series went on as planned in Egna this weekend.
Winner of the first stage of Italian Grand Prix last month, reigning two-time Italian National champion Daniel Grassl dominated another stage of the series. The 18-year-old began his free skate with three quad attempts – a quad Lutz, a quad flip, and a quad loop. The leader after the short program then landed 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. He earned a total competition score of 270.38 points to beat his nearest opponent by twenty points.
Former National champion and Grassl’s teammate at Young Goose Academy, 22-year-old Matteo Rizzo landed his free skate performance opening quad toe loop. Rizzo did not attempt any more quads; he completed a triple loop, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and a triple axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Second after the short program, Rizzo landed a triple axel, a triple Lutz-double axel combination, and a triple Lutz in the second half of the routine. He earned a total competition score of 250.02 points.
Gabriele Frangipani managed to get onto the third place step of the podium, replicating the same exact top three as in the opening stage of the series. The 18-year-old was third after the short program and began his free skate program with a quad toe loop. A doubled Salchow and a downgraded triple flip-Euler-double Salchow combination cost him points but the reigning two-time Italian Junior National champion earned enough points for the bronze medal – 226.18 points.
- Daniel GRASSL – 270.38
- Matteo RIZZO – 250.02
- Gabriele FRANGIPANI – 226.18
- Alessandro FADINI – 196.35
- Mattia DALLA TORRE – 179.98
Last season’s Italian Junior National champion Ginevra Lavinia Negrello won her first senior ladies’ start. Second after the short program, the 15-year-old began her free skate program with a triple loop-double toe loop combination. Despite not attempting a triple-triple combination and landing all doubles in her last three jumping sequences, Negrello was the only lady to receive a total program component score in the sixties and received only positive grades of execution. A cleaner performance than the rest earned her a total competition score of 176.31 points.
Leader after the short program by seven points, Lucrezia Beccari started her free skate routine with a triple flip-double toe loop combination. A singled axel attempt, an under-rotated triple Lutz, and fall dropped her in the overall standings with a total competition score of 168.94 points.
Elisabetta Leccardi had a tough outing in her free skate performance. Third after the short program, 18-year-old Leccardi had multiple under-rotations in her long program. She managed to stay on the final podium step with a total competition score of 151.00 points.
- Ginevra Lavinia NEGRELLO – 176.31
- Lucrezia BECCARI – 168.94
- Elisabetta LECCARDI – 151.00
- Francesca POLETTI – 112.20
In the pairs’ event, five-time Italian National champions Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise took a dominant thirty-point victory with a total competition score of 194.92 points.
Sara Conti and Niccolo’ Macii, who were third at Nationals last season, finished in second place again with a total competition score of 163.27 points. Two-time Italian National silver medalists Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini were second after the short program; however, the winners of the first stage had to settle for bronze in Egna with a total score of 161.40 points.
- Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE – 194.92
- Sara CONTI / Niccolo’ MACII – 163.27
- Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI – 161.40
The fourth and final stage of the Italian Grand Prix series is scheduled for next weekend in Trento. That event will hold the ladies’ and ice dance events, as well as junior ice dance.