Sofya Akatyeva leads Junior Grand Prix event in Poland after short program

Sofya Akatyeva at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skatingevent in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

At the sixth stage of the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix series, reigning Russian junior national champion Sofya Akatyeva began her second appearance of the season with another top-notch performance and took the lead of the junior women’s competition after the short program.

Winner of the fourth stage of the series, Akatyeva began her performance with a triple axel-triple toe loop combination and later completed a double axel and a triple flip. Skating to a combination of Clouds, The Mind on the (Re)Wind and Smiles for Y… – both by Enzio Bosso – the 14-year-old from Moscow earned level four ratings on all of her spins, but was also given a one point deduction for time violation. Nevertheless, Akatyeva received the highest short program score in the competition – 71.91 points.

South Korean figure skater Jia Shin began her short program routine with a triple flip, later also landing a double axel and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. The 13-year-old figure skater also earned level four ratings on all of her spins and received a new personal best score of 67.28 points.

2021 United States junior bronze medalist Clare Seo lost points on two of her jumps – a wrong edge on her opening triple flip and an under-rotation on her toe loop in a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. Skating to Rain, in Your Black Eyes, the 14-year-old American also completed a double axel and earned a total short program score of 62.19 points.

Results after short program

  1. Sofya AKATYEVA (RUS) – 71.91
  2. Jia SHIN (KOR) – 67.28
  3. Clare SEO (USA) – 62.19
  4. Elizaveta KULIKOVA (RUS) – 60.10
  5. Mia KALIN (USA) – 58.83
  6. Heesue HAN (KOR) – 58.05
  7. Noelle STREULI (POL) – 49.25
  8. Milana RAMASHOVA (BLR) – 48.68
  9. Karolina BIALAS (POL) – 47.41
  10. Catherine CARLE (CAN) – 47.02
  11. Sarina JOOS (SUI) – 44.71
  12. Anna LEVKOVETS (KAZ) – 44.03
  13. Emily SAARI (AUT) – 43.95
  14. Selina KANEDA (LTU) – 42.72
  15. Stefania YAKOVLEVA (CYP) – 40.80
  16. Meri MARINAC (CRO) – 40.23
  17. Maria MANOVA (BUL) – 37.78
  18. Weronika FERLIN (POL) – 36.77
  19. Elizabet GERVITS (ISR) – 36.35
  20. Hiu Yau CHOW (HKG) – 35.81
  21. Taisiia SPESIVTSEVA (UKR) – 35.44
  22. Sofja STEPCENKO (LAT) – 35.38
  23. Vera Hsiaowei ZHONG (TPE) – 33.71
  24. Ivona KLEUT (SRB) – 30.94
  25. Sofiia SHUBINA (KGZ) – 30.88
  26. Atikarn UERSILAPASARST (THA) – 28.42
  27. Misheel OTGONBAATAR (MGL) – 12.27

Judges’ Scores


Pairs, after short program

  1. Polina KOSTIUKOVICH / Aleksei BRIUKHANOV (RUS) – 63.76
  2. Ekaterina PETUSHKOVA / Evgenii MALIKOV (RUS) – 61.30
  3. Anastasiia SMIRNOVA / Danylo SIIANYTSIA (USA) – 55.07
  4. Ekaterina CHIKMAREVA / Matvei IANCHENKOV (RUS) – 53.28
  5. Isabelle MARTINS / Ryan BEDARD (USA) – 47.09
  6. Chloe PANETTA / Kieran THRASHER (CAN) – 44.37
  7. Barbora KUCIANOVA / Lukas VOCHOZKA (CZE) – 39.86

Judges’ Scores

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