Alysa Liu leads after short program at Nebelhorn Trophy

Alysa Liu at the 2021 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Two-time national champion Alysa Liu is attempting to earn the United States a third spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics and is heading in the right direction as she leads the final qualifying competition – the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy – after the short program.

The 16-year-old American began her performance with a successful double axel and then completed a triple flip. Her second jump in the triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination was ruled a quarter-under-rotated but it was enough to earn her both the highest element and program component scores. Liu received a total performance score of 70.86 points.

Already an Olympian in 2018, Switzerland’s Alexia Paganini completed all of her jumps – a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple loop, and a double axel – and received positive grades of execution for every technical element. The 19-year-old figure skater earned a total short program score of 65.65 points.

Belarussian figure skater Viktoria Safonova began her short program with a double and then landed a triple flip. Instead of a triple-triple combination, the 18-year-old completed a triple Lutz-double toe loop but it was enough for third place with a score of 62.02 points.

Results after short program

  1. Alysa LIU (USA) – 70.86
  2. Alexia PAGANINI (SUI) – 65.65
  3. Viktoriia SAFONOVA (BLR) – 62.02
  4. Kailani CRAINE (AUS) – 61.62
  5. Anastasiia SHABOTOVA (UKR) – 61.49
  6. Ekaterina KURAKOVA (POL) – 61.04
  7. Lara Naki GUTMANN (ITA) – 57.16
  8. Anete LACE (LAT) – 54.96
  9. Josefin TALJEGARD (SWE) – 54.96 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  10. Taylor MORRIS (ISR) – 53.36
  11. Emilea ZINGAS (CYP) – 52.90
  12. Oona OUNASVUORI (FIN) – 51.94 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  13. Tzu-Han TING (TPE) – 51.33
  14. Lea SERNA (FRA) – 50.93
  15. Dasa GRM (SLO) – 50.19
  16. Nicole RAJICOVA (SVK) – 50.00
  17. Jocelyn HONG (NZL) – 49.13
  18. Sophia SCHALLER (AUT) – 48.92
  19. Joanna SO (HKG) – 48.79
  20. Julia SAUTER (ROU) – 48.79
  21. Eugenia GARZA (MEX) – 47.84
  22. Sofia Lexi Jacqueline FRANK (PHI) – 47.65
  23. Maia SORENSEN (DEN) – 46.69
  24. Julia LANG (HUN) – 45.22
  25. Nathalie WEINZIERL (GER) – 44.62 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  26. Antonina DUBININA (SRB) – 44.09
  27. Aleksandra GOLOVKINA (LTU) – 43.95
  28. Gerli LIINAMAE (EST) – 43.44 – not competing for Olympic qualification
  29. Yae-Mia NEIRA (CHI) – 41.86
  30. Sinem PEKDER (TUR) – 40.01
  31. Aldis Kara BERGSDOTTIR (ISL) – 39.92
  32. Isadora WILLIAMS (BRA) – 38.52
  33. Bagdana RAKHISHOVA (KAZ) – 38.22
  34. Tara PRASAD (IND) – 37.51
  35. Thita LAMSAM (THA) – 33.33
  36. Dimitra KORRI (GRE) – 32.89
  37. Romana KAISER (LIE) – 31.38

Judges’ Scores

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