Sofya Akatyeva wins second ISU Junior Grand Prix event

Sofya Akatyeva at the ISU Junior Grand Prix event on September 18, 2021 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

At the sixth stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand prix series, Sofya Akatyeva continued the Russian dominance by winning her second gold medal and Russia’s fourth consecutive.

The 14-year-old reigning Russian junior national champion began her free skate with a triple axel and later landed three quad jumps, including two in combinations – a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a quad Salchow, and a quad toe loop-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Skating to Reflection from the film Mulan, Akatyeva received a score of 153.73 points for her performance and earned a total competition score of 225.64 points – nearly forty points ahead of second place.

Fourth after the short program, Russian figure skater Elizaveta Kulikova continued her country’s trend of taking both the gold and silver medals in the junior women’s discipline for the fourth consecutive stage of the Junior Grand Prix series. She landed her opening double axel and then a triple Lutz. Without any triple axels or quads, Kulikova went on to skate a solid routine and rose to second place with the second best free skate score of 123.34 points. Her overall competition score of 183.44 points was enough by 0.03 points.

Second after the short program, South Korean representative Jia Shin fell on her opening triple Lutz but avoided any further mistakes and completed a great program. A score of 116.13 points saw her comfortably finish on the podium for a total competition score of 183.41 points.

Final results

  1. Sofya AKATYEVA (RUS) – 225.64
  2. Elizaveta KULIKOVA (RUS) – 183.44
  3. Jia SHIN (KOR) – 183.41
  4. Clare SEO (USA) – 174.86
  5. Heesue HAN (KOR) – 168.25
  6. Mia KALIN (USA) – 154.73
  7. Noelle STREULI (POL) – 152.02
  8. Milana RAMASHOVA (BLR) – 143.69
  9. Catherine CARLE (CAN) – 131.31
  10. Karolina BIALAS (POL) – 130.43
  11. Sarina JOOS (SUI) – 126.99
  12. Emily SAARI (AUT) – 125.72
  13. Maria MANOVA (BUL) – 116.37
  14. Anna LEVKOVETS (KAZ) – 115.50
  15. Stefania YAKOVLEVA (CYP) – 114.85
  16. Selina KANEDA (LTU) – 112.56
  17. Sofja STEPCENKO (LAT) – 109.56
  18. Weronika FERLIN (POL) – 108.22
  19. Hiu Yau CHOW (HKG) – 103.11
  20. Taisiia SPESIVTSEVA (UKR) – 100.61
  21. Meri MARINAC (CRO) – 99.51
  22. Vera Hsiaowei ZHONG (TPE) – 92.37
  23. Sofiia SHUBINA (KGZ) – 91.92
  24. Elizabet GERVITS (ISR) – 90.51
  25. Ivona KLEUT (SRB) – 82.51
  26. Atikarn UERSILAPASARST (THA) – 79.58
    WD – Misheel OTGONBAATAR (MGL) – 27th after short program (12.27)

Judges’ Scores


Pairs, final results

  1. Ekaterina CHIKMAREVA / Matvei IANCHENKOV (RUS) – 171.97
  2. Ekaterina PETUSHKOVA / Evgenii MALIKOV (RUS) – 169.80
  3. Polina KOSTIUKOVICH / Aleksei BRIUKHANOV (RUS) – 162.14
  4. Anastasiia SMIRNOVA / Danylo SIIANYTSIA (USA) – 153.63
  5. Isabelle MARTINS / Ryan BEDARD (USA) – 141.96
  6. Chloe PANETTA / Kieran THRASHER (CAN) – 129.75
  7. Barbora KUCIANOVA / Lukas VOCHOZKA (CZE) – 111.03

Judges’ Scores


Ice dance, after rhythm dance

  1. Irina KHAVRONINA / Dario CIRISANO (RUS) – 68.05
  2. Isabella FLORES / Dimitry TSAREVSKI (USA) – 63.29
  3. Olga MAMCHENKOVA / Mark VOLKOV (RUS) – 61.56
  4. Angelina KUDRYAVTSEVA / Ilia KARANKEVICH (CYP) – 59.78
  5. Ekaterina ANDREEVA / Ivan DESYATOV (BLR) – 55.21
  6. Leah NESET / Artem MARKELOV (USA) – 53.83
  7. Mariia PINCHUK / Mykyta POGORIELOV (UKR) – 53.75
  8. Phebe BEKKER / James HERNANDEZ (GBR) – 50.84
  9. Olivia OLIVER / Joshua ANDARI (POL) – 49.81
  10. Dea KUPARADZE / Danila SAVELIEV (GEO) – 49.44
  11. Chaima BEN KHELIFA / Everest ZHU (CAN) – 49.31
  12. Hailey YU / Brendan GIANG (CAN) – 48.55
  13. Giorgia GALIMBERTI / Matteo Libasse MANDELLI (ITA) – 47.97
  14. Arina KLIMOVA / Filip BOJANOWSKI (POL) – 47.75
  15. Sofiia DOVHAL / Wiktor KULESZA (POL) – 45.54

Judges’ Scores

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