Alysa Liu wins at Lombardia Trophy

Alysa Liu at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Orleans Arena on January 15, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

This weekend, two-time U.S. national champion Alysa Liu won her second senior level international competition in Bergamo, Italy. A winner of the Cranberry Cup International last month, the 16-year-old took the gold medal in her first International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series competition today – the Lombardia Trophy.

Liu landed a triple axel to start her free skate performance; however, it was deemed under-rotated by the judges. She then landed a triple Lutz, a triple loop, and a double axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Her toe loop attempt in her next triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination was again ruled under-rotated but the American successfully completed the final triple flip-double toe loop combination and triple flip. Liu received a score of 144.93 points for the performance and earned a total competition score of 219.24 points.

Previously, no American woman had won at the Lombardia Trophy; Hannah Miller won the silver medal and Angela Wang won the bronze medal in 2014, and Mirai Nagasu won a bronze medal in 2016. The winners of the last three Lombardia Trophy competitions were all either former or future world champions: Alina Zagitova won in 2017, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva won in 2018, and Anna Shcherbakova won in 2019.

Polish representative Ekaterina Kurakova was third after the short program but after a great free skate performance, the 19-year-old rose in the overall standings to claim the silver medal. She started her program with a triple Lutz-Euler-triple flip combination, a triple Lutz, a triple toe loop, and a double axel. The three-time Polish national champion also completed a triple Salchow-double axel combination, a triple loop-double toe loop combination, and a triple loop. She earned a second-best score of 126.14 points in the free skate and her total competition score totaled 187.65 points.

Fourth after the short program, the 2019 U.S. junior national silver medalist Audrey Shin finished the event with the bronze medal. The 17-year-old did not have the cleanest skate but received the fourth highest score for her free skate performance, which was enough to leap her ahead of Alexia Paganini from Switzerland. Shin landed her opening triple Lutz-double toe loop combination and completed a triple toe loop-triple toe loop combination, the second jump in the latter being deemed under-rotated. She also landed a triple Salchow and a double axel. In the second half of the routine, the American had three jumping sequences downgraded – a triple Lutz, a triple flip, and the first loop in a triple loop-double toe loop-double loop combination. She received a score of 113.66 for the free skate and earned a total competition result of 172.46 points.

Final results

  1. Alysa LIU (USA) – 219.24
  2. Ekaterina KURAKOVA (POL) – 187.65
  3. Audrey SHIN (USA) – 172.46
  4. Alexia PAGANINI (SUI) – 171.48
  5. Lara Naki GUTMANN (ITA) – 166.98
  6. Yasmine Kimiko YAMADA (SUI) – 165.39
  7. Lindsay VAN ZUNDERT (NED) – 163.36
  8. Sophia SCHALLER (AUT) – 159.08
  9. Regina SCHERMANN (HUN) – 157.66
  10. Lea SERNA (FRA) – 156.66
  11. Eva-Lotta KIIBUS (EST) – 155.52
  12. Kristina SHKULETA-GROMOVA (EST) – 147.13
  13. Julia SAUTER (ROU) – 146.84
  14. Maia MAZZARA (FRA) – 142.57
  15. Dasa GRM (SLO) – 141.21
  16. Stefanie PESENDORFER (AUT) – 140.97
  17. Ginevra Lavinia NEGRELLO (ITA) – 140.93
  18. Nina POVEY (GBR) – 140.35
  19. Kristen SPOURS (GBR) – 134.25
  20. Nataly LANGERBAUR (EST) – 128.55
  21. Bernadett SZIGETI (HUN) – 127.54
  22. Ivelina BAYCHEVA (BUL) – 126.45
  23. Anete LACE (LAT) – 124.10
  24. Antonina DUBININA (SRB) – 121.02
  25. Shaline RUEGGER (SUI) – 115.55
  26. Olusa GAJDOSOVA (CZE) – 114.13
  27. Ivett TOTH (HUN) – 104.97
  28. Yae-Mia NEIRA (CHI) – 99.52
  29. Victoria VELARDE (PER) – 85.27
  30. Romana KAISER (LIE) – 79.01
  31. Nayra Rosalia JUNCO METZGER (PER) – 50.11
    WD – Nargiz SUELEYMANOVA (GER) – 21st after short program (47.19)

Judges’ Scores


Ice dance, after rhythm dance

  1. Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI (ITA) – 82.05
  2. Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY / Nikolaj SORENSEN (CAN) – 76.64
  3. Sara HURTADO / Kirill KHALIAVIN (ESP) – 72.65
  4. Christina CARREIRA / Anthony PONOMARENKO (USA) – 69.08
  5. Natalie TASCHLEROVA / Filip TASCHLER (CZE) – 68.45
  6. Evgeniia LOPAREVA / Geoffrey BRISSAUD (FRA) – 67.43
  7. Juulia TURKKILA / Matthias VERSLUIS (FIN) – 67.26
  8. Jennifer JANSE VAN RENSBURG / Benjamin STEFFAN (GER) – 65.97
  9. Alicia FABBRI / Paul AYER (CAN) – 64.77
  10. Loicia DEMOUGEOT / Theo LE MERCIER (FRA) – 62.61
  11. Julia WAGRET / Pierre SOUQUET-BASIEGE (FRA) – 61.74
  12. Carolina PORTESI PERONI / Michael CHRASTECKY (ITA) – 60.94
  13. Anna YANOVSKAYA / Adam LUKACS (HUN) – 60.81
  14. Molly CESANEK / Yehor YEHOROV (USA) – 58.75
  15. Yuka ORIHARA / Juho PIRINEN (FIN) – 57.98
  16. Carolina MOSCHENI / Francesco FIORETTI (ITA) – 53.64
  17. Emese CSISZER / Axel LAMASSE (HUN) – 52.43
  18. Mariia IGNATEVA / Danyil SZEMKO (HUN) – 51.96
  19. Maria Sofia PUCHEROVA / Nikita LYSAK (SVK) – 49.54
  20. Ekaterina KUZNETSOVA / Oleksandr KOLOSOVSKYI (AZE) – 48.43

Pairs, after short program

  1. Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE (ITA) – 72.35
  2. Laura BARQUERO / Marco ZANDRON (ESP) – 65.12
  3. Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI (ITA) – 61.91
  4. Sara CONTI / Niccolo MACII (ITA) – 57.54
  5. Cleo HAMON / Denys STREKALIN (FRA) – 51.42
  6. Coline KERIVEN / Noel-Antoine PIERRE (FRA) – 48.09
  7. Daria DANILOVA / Michel TSIBA (NED) – 45.14
  8. Camille KOVALEV / Pavel KOVALEV (FRA) – 43.72
  9. Irma Angela Sofia CALDARA / Riccardo Maria MAGLIO (ITA) – 43.24
  10. Dorota BRODA / Pedro BETEGON MARTIN (ESP) – 41.97

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