Kamila Valieva wins at the Finlandia Trophy

Second placed Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, winner Kamila Valieva and third placed Alena Kostornaia celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony at the 2021 Finlandia Trophy. (Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

At the International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series competition in Finland – the 2021 Finlandia Trophy, the last World Junior champion Kamila Valieva successfully completed her international senior debut by setting two new world records and winning the gold medal.

Third after the short program, the 15-year Valieva began her free skate with a quad Salchow and then attempted a triple axel, which she fell on. She then landed a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a triple loop, a quad toe loop-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and a triple Lutz. Valieva received a score of 174.31 points for her performance (which overtook Alexandra Trusova’s previous world record score of 166.62 points from the 2019 Skate Canada) and earned a total competition score of 249.24 points (which beat Alena Kostornaia’s previous world record score of 247.59 points from the 2019-2020 ISU Grand Prix Final).

Leader after the short program, 2015 World champion and 2021 World silver medalist Elizaveta Tuktamysheva began her free skate performance with a triple axel-double toe loop combination and subsequently landed another triple axel. The 24-year-old figure skater later completed a triple Lutz, a triple flip, a double axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a triple Lutz-double axel combination, and a triple loop. Tuktamysheva received a free skate result of 151.77 points and earned a total competition score of 233.30 points.

2020 European champion Alena Kostornaia opened her free skate routine with a triple axel attempt; however, it was deemed to be under-rotated. The 18-year-old Russian received the fourth highest free skate score of 140.22 points and earned a total competition score of 218.83 points to take the bronze medal.

Final Result

  1. Kamila VALIEVA (RUS) – 249.24
  2. Elizaveta TUKTAMYSHEVA (RUS) – 233.30
  3. Alena KOSTORNAIA (RUS) – 218.83
  4. Loena HENDRICKX (BEL) – 212.07
  5. Anastasiia GUBANOVA (GEO) – 203.91
  6. Karen CHEN (USA) – 202.49
  7. Eva-Lotta KIIBUS (EST) – 202.04
  8. Viktoriia SAFONOVA (BLR) – 187.83
  9. Madeline SCHIZAS (CAN) – 184.73
  10. Amber GLENN (USA) – 183.46
  11. Lindsay van ZUNDERT (NED) – 171.40
  12. Jenni SAARINEN (FIN) – 168.72
  13. Josefin TALJEGARD (SWE) – 164.56
  14. Oona OUNASVUORI (FIN) – 162.68
  15. Natasha McKAY (GBR) – 162.54
  16. Kailani CRAINE (AUS) – 161.59
  17. Nicole SCHOTT (GER) – 161.23
  18. Sofia Lexi Jacqueline FRANK (PHI) – 148.09
  19. Livia KAISER (SUI) – 144.14
  20. Victoria ALCANTARA (AUS) – 140.78
  21. Laura KARHUNEN (FIN) – 137.15
  22. Nataly LANGERBAUR (EST) – 127.70
  23. Aldis Kara BERGSDOTTIR (ISL) – 122.11
  24. Yae-Mia NEIRA (CHI) – 118.44
  25. Karly ROBERTSON (GBR) – 117.31
  26. Kristina GRIGOROVA (BUL) – 112.88
    WD – Linnea CEDER (FIN) – 24th after short program (44.72)

Judges’ Scores

Loena Hendrickx:

Anastasiia Gubanova:

Karen Chen:

Eva-Lotta Kiibus:

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