On Thursday evening, the first medals of the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships were awarded. In their debut Worlds on the senior level, 2019 World Junior champions Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov stood above the rest and earned the gold medals.
19-year-old Mishina and 21-year-old Galliamov performed their free skate program to music by Queen and, as if symbolically, used the song We Are the Champions. The pair opened their routine with a side-by-side triple Salchow-Euler-triple Salchow combination and throughout the entire performance did not receive any negative grades of execution. Third after the short program, the Russians topped the other pairs in the technical score but were second in components. The skaters received 151.80 points for the free skate and got a total competition score of 227.59 points. Both of these sums are their personal bests.
Two-time World champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han performed another quality program in terms of overall skating skills but made costly errors on jumping sequences. Two jumps in their side-by-side triple toe loop-double toe loop-double toe loop combination and later the side-by-side triple Salchow were deemed under-rotated. Although the Chinese couple received the highest marks for program components, the 2018 Olympic silver medalists had to settle for second place in Stockholm with a total competition result of 225.71 points.
Leaders after the short program, last year’s European champions Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii skated their long program to Writing’s on the Wall from the James Bond film Spectre. After an opening side-by-side triple Salchow, Boikova was unable to complete the triple toe loop in a combination attempt and later lost points by taking a slight knee on the triple flip throw. The Russians were fourth in the free skate standings but their lead over compatriots Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov after the short program was enough to keep them ahead in the overall table.
The judges’ scores can be found here.
- Anastasia MISHINA / Aleksandr GALLIAMOV (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 227.59
- Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN (China) – 225.71
- Aleksandra BOIKOVA / Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 217.63
- Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 212.76
- Cheng PENG / Yang JIN (China) – 201.18
- Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO (Canada) – 195.29
- Alexa KNIERIM / Brandon FRAZIER (United States) – 192.10
- Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE (Italy) – 186.50
- Ashley CAIN-GRIBBLE / Timothy LEDUC (United States) – 185.31
- Riku MIURA / Ryuichi KIHARA (Japan) – 184.41
- Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER (Austria) – 182.30
- Evelyn WALSH / Trennt MICHAUD (Canada) – 176.24
- Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL (Germany) – 162.81
- Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Mark MAGYAR (Hungary) – 157.87
- Elizaveta ZHUK / Martin BIDAR (Czech Republic) – 157.29
- Anastasiia METELKINA / Daniil PARKMAN (Georgia) – 156.73
- Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI (Italy) – 154.04
- Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Alexander STEPANOV (Belarus) – 145.55
- Anna VERNIKOV / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI (Israel) – 145.03
- Cleo HAMON / Denys STREKALIN (France) – 144.84
Did not advance to free skate:
- Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA KORDEIRU (Croatia) – 44.75
- Daria DANILOVA / Michel TSIBA (Netherlands) – 43.12
- Coline KERIVEN / Noel-Antoine PIERRE (France) – 42.12
- Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI (Great Britain) – 38.79