Jason Brown wins at the Finlandia Trophy

Jason Brown at the 2021 World Team Trophy. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

At the International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series competition in Finland – the 2021 Finlandia Trophy, Jason Brown was tied for the lead after the short program and managed to claim gold with a free skate performance skating to music from Schindler’s List.

Brown did not attempt a quad in his routine and even completed three doubles – two double toe loops in combinations and a double axel late in the program. The 26-year-old American received the biggest program component score by almost six points over runner-up Mikhail Kolyada and even more against the remaining competitors. The 2015 U.S. national champion received the fifth highest free skate score of 170.13 points and earned a total competition score of 262.52 points.

Third after the short program, three-time Russian national champion Kolyada completed three quads in his routine – a Salchow and two toe loops. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old received negative grades of execution on three jumps – including a popped axel attempt – and that may have cost him the gold medal. Kolyada received the second highest free skate score of 174.23 points and earned a total competition score of 256.98 points.

2020 European champion Dmitri Aliev began his free skate performance with a quad Lutz and then landed a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination. The Russian completed all of his jumps and avoided falling – rising from fifth place after the short program to third place overall at the end of the free skate event. Aliev received the fourth best free skate result of 170.97 points and earned a total competition score of 249.25 points.

2021 Russian junior national champion Evgeni Semenenko and 2018 Italian national champion Matteo Rizzo delivered the strongest free skate performances and made the biggest leaps in the competition.

Semenenko landed a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a quad Salchow, and a quad toe loop to begin his free skate and received all positive grades of execution. His routine was ranked as the third best with the score of 172.60 points. Overall, Semenenko rose from eleventh place after the short program to fifth place.

Rizzo completed two quad toe loops, including one of them in a combination, and performed the most well-rounded program – with good technical elements and good program components. The Italian received the highest free skate score of 176.18 points and moved from nineteenth position after the short program to sixth place.

Final Results

  1. Jason BROWN (USA) – 262.52
  2. Mikhail KOLYADA (RUS) – 256.98
  3. Dmitri ALIEV (RUS) – 249.25
  4. Keegan MESSING (CAN) – 242.58
  5. Evgeni SEMENENKO (RUS) – 242.23
  6. Matteo RIZZO (ITA) – 238.75
  7. Arlet LEVANDI (EST) – 222.61
  8. Lukas BRITSCHGI (SUI) – 211.09
  9. Tomas-Llorenc GUARINO SABATE (ESP) – 210.36
  10. Gabriele FRANGIPANI (ITA) – 209.25
  11. Luc ECONOMIDES (FRA) – 207.69
  12. Nikita STAROSTIN (GER) – 205.60
  13. Brendan KERRY (AUS) – 204.75
  14. Camden PULKINEN (USA) – 204.24
  15. Donovan CARRILLO (MEX) – 192.54
  16. Matyas BELOHRADSKY (CZE) – 188.89
  17. Nikolaj MAJOROV (SWE) – 188.83
  18. Luc MAIERHOFER (AUT) – 183.10
  19. Valtter VIRTANEN (FIN) – 179.75
  20. Konstantin MILYUKOV (BLR) – 177.67
  21. Nurullah SAHAKA (SUI) – 176.85
  22. Makar SUNTSEV (FIN) – 158.82
  23. James MIN (AUS) – 157.73
  24. Michael Christian MARTINEZ (PHI) – 156.78
  25. Christopher CALUZA (PHI) – 156.24
  26. Micha STEFFEN (SUI) – 151.67

Judges’ Scores

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