The Figure Skating Federation of Russia enjoyed another successful day at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday – after Mikhail Kolyada and Evgeni Semenenko managed to claim a possibility of a third spot for Russians at the men’s event for the 2022 Winter Olympics, ice dancers Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov claimed their country a third gold medal in Stockholm.
Leaders after a high quality rhythm dance event the previous day, Sinitsina and Katsalapov were once again amazing in a high level faceoff between the top couples in the free dance. The Russian skaters received all positive grades of execution for required elements and earned multiple 10s from five of the nine judges for performance, composition, and interpretation of music. 25-year-old Sinitsina and 29-year-old Katsalapov received new personal best free dance and overall total scores; their 133.01 points for the performance and their total competition score of 221.17 points are both higher scores than anyone other than Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have achieved.
Second after the rhythm dance, reigning U.S. national champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue skated their free dance to the song Hallelujah. Medalists at the two previous World Championships as well, the Americans received high marks from judges for program components and received a new personal best segment score of 128.66 points and a new personal best competition score of 214.71 points. The two 30-year-olds won silver medals at Worlds for the second time.
Fourth after Friday’s rhythm dance event, Canadian ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier delivered an incredible routine to Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell in the free dance and received high praise from the judges – enough to move up onto the podium. Seventh at the 2019 World Championships, last year’s Canadian national champions Gilles and Poirier received 130.98 points for their performance and earned a total competition score of 214.71 points.
Judges’ scores can be found here.
- Victoria SINITSINA / Nikita KATSALAPOV (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 221.17
- Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE (United States) – 214.71
- Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER (Canada) – 214.35
- Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES (United States) – 212.69
- Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 208.77
- Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI (Italy) – 205.20
- Lilah FEAR / Lewis GIBSON (Great Britain) – 196.92
- Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY / Nikolaj SORENSEN (Canada) – 196.88
- Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER (United States) – 188.51
- Tiffani ZAGORSKI / Jonathan GUERREIRO (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 188.45
- Sara HURTADO / Kirill KHALIAVIN (Spain) – 186.13
- Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV (Poland) – 183.33
- Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU (China) – 182.90
- Marjorie LAJOIE / Zachary LAGHA (Canada) – 180.71
- Allison REED / Saulius AMBRULEVICIUS (Lithuania) – 178.18
- Adelina GALYAVIEVA / Louis THAURON (France) – 173.55
- Evgeniia LOPAREVA / Geoffrey BRISSAUD (France) – 169.70
- Katharina MUELLER / Tim DIECK (Germany) – 168.33
- Misato KOMATSUBARA / Tim KOLETO (Japan) – 167.81
- Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN (Ukraine) – 167.34
Did not advance to free dance:
- Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS (Finland) – 64.59
- Natalie TASCHLEROVA / Filip TASCHLER (Czech Republic) – 64.00
- Anna YANOVSKAYA / Adam LUKACS (Hungary) – 62.78
- Holly HARRIS / Jason CHAN (Australia) – 60.73
- Carolina MOSCHENI / Francesco FIORETTI (Italy) – 60.60
- Shira ICHILOV / Laurent ABECASSIS (Israel) – 55.27
- Yuliia ZHATA / Berk AKALIN (Turkey) – 52.21
- Viktoria SEMENJUK / Ilya YUKHIMUK (Belarus) – 51.15
- Chelsea VERHAEGH / Sherim VAN GEFFEN (Netherlands) – 50.79
- Ekaterina KUZNETSOVA / Oleksandr KOLOSOVSKYI (Azerbaijan) – 46.19
- Mina ZDRAVKOVA / Christopher M. DAVIS (Bulgaria) – 45.28
WD – Tina GARABEDIAN / Simon PROULX SENECAL (Armenia) – medical reason