Viktoriia Safonova leads Ice Star competition in Belarus after short program

Viktoriia Safonova at the 2021 Finlandia Trophy on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

At the Ice Star figure skating competition in Belarus, reigning winner Viktoriia Safonova got off to a successful start by taking the lead after the short program as Belarussians lead the women’s, men’s, and pairs’ disciplines after day one.

Safonova began her short program routine with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, and then completed a double axel and a triple flip. The two-time Belarussian national champion received a score of 68.68 points to begin her title defense.

19-year-old Russian figure skater Anastasiia Gulyakova received a slightly higher program component score than the leader – 30.94 points, compared to Safonova’s 30.58 points – but lost points for two under-rotations. Her opening triple flip as well as her following triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination were deemed under-rotated. Gulyakova successfully landed her final double axel and is second after the short program with a score of 62.01 points.

15-year-old Ukrainian representative Anastasiia Shabotova fell on her opening triple axel attempt and under-rotated her next triple flip but managed to completed a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and received a score of 58.37 points for her performance. The two-time national champion is currently third.

Results after short program:

  1. Viktoriia SAFONOVA (BLR) – 68.68
  2. Anastasiia GULYAKOVA (RUS) – 62.01
  3. Anastasiia SHABOTOVA (UKR) – 58.37
  4. Milana ROMASHOVA (BLR) – 48.47
  5. Anastasiya SIDARENKA (BLR) – 44.76
  6. Aleksandra CHEPELEVA (BLR) – 43.01
  7. Yasmin TEKIK (KAZ) – 29.00

Judges’ Scores

In the men’s event, the battle for the gold medal seems to be between reigning Belarussian national champion Konstantin Milyukov and 2020 World Junior champion Andrei Mozalev of Russia.

27-year-old Milyukov landed a quad Salchow, a triple axel, and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination in his short program presentation and leads the competition with a score of 88.18 points.

Russia’s 18-year-old Mozalev is close behind with a score of 84.68 points and leads third place by over twenty-eight points. Fourth at Russian Nationals last season, his opening triple Salchow was downgraded but then Mozalev successfully completed a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and a triple axel. He also earn a whole point more for program components – 41.59 points, compared to Milyukov’s 40.26 points.

Results after short program:

  1. Konstantin MILYUKOV (BLR) – 88.18
  2. Andrei MOZALEV (RUS) – 84.68
  3. Mikalai KAZLOU (BLR) – 56.64
  4. Aleksandr LEBEDEV (BLR) – 56.33

Judges’ Scores

Results after short program:

  1. Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Aleksandr STEPANOV (BLR) – 56.92
  2. Ekaterina YUROVA / Dmitry BUSHLANOV (BLR) – 53.88

Judges’ Scores

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