Michal Brezina wins at U.S. International Classic

Michal Brezina at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships (Photo by Joosep Martinson/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

31-year-old Michal Brezina began his 2021-2022 season with a victory at the U.S. International Classic in Norwood, Massachusetts – his first gold medal in an international competition since winning at the Hellmut Seibt Memorial in February of 2015.

The multiple-time Czech national champion and three-time Olympian began his free skate performance with a quad Salchow and then a triple axel. After that, Brezina completed a triple Lutz and a triple flip-double toe loop combination, before popping an axel. He finished off his routine with a triple flip-double toe loop-double toe loop combination and a triple loop. Despite a one-point deduction for ending the performance after the music was done, Brezina received the highest free skate score of 151.17 points. He earned an overall competition score of 238.65.

Silver medalist at last month’s Cranberry Cup International, Jimmy Ma added another second place medal to his collection. The 25-year-old American started his program with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and later added another quad toe loop. He fell on a triple loop, right after the two jumping sequences with the quads, and received another deduction for failing to end his performance on time. Ma received 149.51 points for the free skate presentation and earned a total competition score of 233.58 points.

2020 U.S. junior national silver medalist Eric Sjoberg popped his opening axel attempt but completed the remainder of his free skate routine without any major errors. The 20-year-old did not attempt any quads or triple axels but received a good score of 143.01 points – which came with the help of the second-best program component score of 76.00 points (only behind Brezina’s 80.66 points). Sjoberg’s total competition score of 221.12 points earned the young figure skater the bronze medal in his international senior level debut.

Final results

  1. Michal BREZINA (CZE) – 238.65
  2. Jimmy MA (USA) – 233.58
  3. Eric SJOBERG (USA) – 221.12
  4. Camden PULKINEN (USA) – 208.99
  5. Donovan CARRILLO (MEX) – 208.41
  6. Maxim NAUMOV (USA) – 207.39
  7. Daniel SAMOHIN (ISR) – 207.36
  8. Mark GORODNITSKY (ISR) – 186.82
  9. Dinh TRAN (USA) – 176.72
  10. Christopher CALUZA (PHI) – 175.64

Judges’ Scores

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