Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov lead at Worlds after rhythm dance

Russian figure skaters continue to have a great time at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships on Friday as Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov took the lead in the ice dance event against two tough American couples.

With the absence of Olympic silver medalists and four-time World champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the 2019 World silver medalists and last season’s European champions Sinitsina and Katsalapov stepped on the ice as the main favorites. The couple received high marks for each required element and two judges even scored 10s for the program composition, totaling to an overall rhythm dance score of 88.15 points.

Within three points of the Russians were two American ice dance couples. Winners of this season’s Skate America and the U.S. National Championships, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue skated to music from Burlesque. Their rhythm dance routine held a higher technical base value than the first place Sinitsina and Katsalapov but the Russians enjoyed better grades of execution. Hubbell and Donohue earned a total score of 86.05 points and are in second place by just over two full points.

Former Worlds medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates received the second highest overall program component score but that was not enough to go ahead of their compatriots. Receiving 85.15 points for the rhythm dance, Chock and Bates are third and still in contention to move up with a flawless free dance.

Overall, the ice dance event at this year’s competition appears to be incredible high-level and the intrigue is undeniable. Sinitsina and Katsalapov managed to dethrone Papadakis and Cizeron at last year’s European Championships and hoped to do so again at the canceled World Championships in Montreal; however, with the French ice dancers deciding to sit out the competition this year, it appears to be a great opportunity for Russians to take their first gold medal in the ice dance event since Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin won in 2009. Meryl Davis and Charlie White were the last Americans to win, in 2013.

Judges’ scores can be found here.

Results after rhythm dance

  1. Victoria SINITSINA / Nikita KATSALAPOV (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 88.15
  2. Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE (United States) – 86.05
  3. Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES (United States) – 85.15
  4. Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER (Canada) – 83.37
  5. Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 83.02
  6. Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI (Italy) – 81.04
  7. Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY / Nikolaj SORENSEN (Canada) – 77.87
  8. Lilah FEAR / Lewis GIBSON (Great Britain) – 77.42
  9. Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV (Poland) – 76.12
  10. Tiffani ZAGORSKI / Jonathan GUERREIRO (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 75.58
  11. Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER (United States) – 75.08
  12. Sara HURTADO / Kirill KHALIAVIN (Spain) – 74.26
  13. Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU (China) – 73.97
  14. Marjorie LAJOIE / Zachary LAGHA (Canada) – 72.00
  15. Allison REED / Saulius AMBRULEVICIUS (Lithuania) – 71.29
  16. Adelina GALYAVIEVA / Louis THAURON (France) – 69.99
  17. Katharina MUELLER / Tim DIECK (Germany) – 68.37
  18. Misato KOMATSUBARA / Tim KOLETO (Japan) – 68.02
  19. Evgeniia LOPAREVA / Geoffrey BRISSAUD (France) – 66.80
  20. Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN (Ukraine) – 66.54

Did not advance to free dance:

  1. Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS (Finland) – 64.59
  2. Natalie TASCHLEROVA / Filip TASCHLER (Czech Republic) – 64.00
  3. Anna YANOVSKAYA / Adam LUKACS (Hungary) – 62.78
  4. Holly HARRIS / Jason CHAN (Australia) – 60.73
  5. Carolina MOSCHENI / Francesco FIORETTI (Italy) – 60.60
  6. Shira ICHILOV / Laurent ABECASSIS (Israel) – 55.27
  7. Yuliia ZHATA / Berk AKALIN (Turkey) – 52.21
  8. Viktoria SEMENJUK / Ilya YUKHIMUK (Belarus) – 51.15
  9. Chelsea VERHAEGH / Sherim VAN GEFFEN (Netherlands) – 50.79
  10. Ekaterina KUZNETSOVA / Oleksandr KOLOSOVSKYI (Azerbaijan) – 46.19
  11. Mina ZDRAVKOVA / Christopher M. DAVIS (Bulgaria) – 45.28

WD – Tina GARABEDIAN / Simon PROULX SENECAL (Armenia) – medical reason

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