Kurakova wins Four Nationals Championships to three-peat as Polish champion

Ekaterina Kurakova (Photo by Joosep Martinson – International Skating Union)

Ekaterina Kurakova stood out among the rest of the participants at the 2021 Four Nationals Championships and successfully defended her Polish national title.

The Russian-born 18-year-old was the leader after the short program, and presented a new free skate routine on the second day of the event. She opened her performance with a triple Lutz-Euler-triple flip combination and was the first lady at the competition to land two triples in a combination. She then landed a triple Lutz and a triple Salchow. In the second half of the performance, Kurakova completed two double axels and two triple loop-double toe loop combinations to earned a total competition score of 178.54 points and win the gold medal.

The gold medal meant that Kurakova won her third consecutive Polish national title. Elzbieta Gabryszak – who placed fourth overall with a total score of 127.05 points – is second among the Polish ladies, and Natalia Lerka – who finished seventh overall with a competition score of 115.60 points – is third.


Fifth after the short program, Eliska Brezinova improved to second overall after the free skate event and won her eighth Czech national title. The 24-year-old began her long program with a double flip and then landed a double axel-double toe loop combination. Brezinova was the only skater other than Kurakova to earn a total program component score in the fifties and received a total competition score of 146.84 points.

Czech Republic’s Nikola Rychtarikova placed third overall at the competition and was second among the Czech ladies. Rychtarikova began her free skate program with a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination and then landed a double flip. The 19-year-old struggled with under-rotations throughout her performance but did not fall. She received a total competition score of 138.25 points.

Olusa Gajdosova – who placed thirteenth overall with a total competition score of 101.61 points – was third among the skaters representing the Czech Republic.


Nicole Rajicova was fifth overall and the top Slovak in the competition. The 25-year-old U.S.-born skater was second after the short program but struggled in the free skate, falling three times and popping an axel attempt. Still, Rajicova had enough points to maintain her advantage against the other Slovakian ladies and won her sixth Slovak title with a total competition score of 124.85 points.

Another Slovakian skater was right behind Rajicova in the competition – 16-year-old Alexandra Michaela Filcova was only tenth after the short program but delivered the fourth best free skate performance to improve to sixth overall with a total score of 120.27 points.

Eighth overall and the third best Slovak was Ema Doboszova. The 17-year-old received a total competition score of 112.63 points.


Full results:

  1. Ekaterina KURAKOVA (Poland) – 178.54
  2. Eliska BREZINOVA (Czech Republic) – 146.84
  3. Nikola RYCHTARIKOVA (Czech Republic) – 138.25
  4. Elzbieta GABRYSZAK (Poland) – 127.05
  5. Nicole RAJICOVA (Slovakia) – 124.85
  6. Alexandra Michaela FILCOVA (Slovakia) – 120.27
  7. Natalia LERKA (Poland) – 115.60
  8. Ema DOBOSZOVA (Slovakia) – 112.63
  9. Agnieszka REJMENT (Poland) – 108.52
  10. Karolina BIALAS (Poland) – 108.48
  11. Laura SZCZESNA (Poland) – 106.65
  12. Aleksandra RUDOLF (Poland) – 101.70
  13. Olusa GAJDOSOVA (Czech Republic) – 101.61
  14. Martyna GROCHOLSKA (Poland) – 97.99
  15. Dominika MOTLOCHOVA (Czech Republic) – 96.65
  16. Amelia KONIK (Poland) – 95.00
  17. Nicola ADAMCZYK (Poland) – 94.33
  18. Claudia MIFKOVICOVA (Slovakia) – 84.47

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