Viktoriia Safonova retains Ice Star title

Viktoriia Safonova at the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

Last season’s winner of the international figure skating competition in Belarus – the Ice Star, Belarussian representative Viktoriia Safonova retained the title for her second medal of the 2021-2022 Olympic season.

Bronze medalist at the Nebelhorn Trophy in late September, Safonova began her free skate performance with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, two double axels, and a triple flip. Later in the routine, the 18-year-old landed a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a triple loop, and a triple loop-double toe loop combination. Safonova received a score of 129.40 points for the presentation and earned a total competition score of 198.08 points.

Russian figure skater Anastasiia Gulyakova opened her free skate performance with a double axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination and then a double axel. She later completed a triple Lutz a double loop, a triple flip-double toe loop combination, a triple flip, and a triple Salchow – the latter was under-rotated. The 19-year-old, who was third at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Series event in Russia last season, received a score of 121.05 points for the free skate presentation and earned a total competition score of 183.06 points.

15-year-old Anastasiia Shabotova popped her opening axel – which was a potential triple attempt – and then landed her next double axel. The Ukrainian representative later completed a triple Lutz, a triple loop, a double axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a double Lutz-double toe loop combination, and a triple flip-double toe loop combination. Shabotova was fifth at the Nebelhorn Trophy and also performed at the ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Slovakia this season. She received a score of 109.32 points for her free skate performance and earned a total competition score of 167.69 points for the bronze medal.

Final Results

  1. Viktoriia SAFONOVA (BLR) – 198.08
  2. Anastasiia GULYAKOVA (RUS) – 183.06
  3. Anastasiia SHABOTOVA (UKR) – 167.69
  4. Milana ROMASHOVA (BLR) – 138.94
  5. Anastasiya SIDARENKA (BLR) – 123.86
  6. Aleksandra CHEPELEVA (BLR) – 122.25
  7. Yasmin TEKIK (KAZ) – 91.72

Judges’ Scores

Second after the short program in the men’s event, 2020 World Junior champion Andrei Mozalev received the highest score for his free skate performance and celebrated a victory at Ice Star. The Russian figure skater attempted three quads in his routine – a Salchow (which was ruled under-rotated), a toe loop (deemed a quarter-under-rotated), and another toe loop in a combination with a double toe loop. Unfortunately, Mozalev fell on a triple axel in the second half of the performance; however, that did not affect his ranking and he received a score of 159.93 points. The 18-year-old earned a total competition score of 244.61 points.

Leader after the short program, Belarussian representative Konstantin Milyukov landed his opening quad Salchow but did not attempt any further quads. He received negative grades of execution on a few elements, including a popped loop and the fly change foot combination spin – the latter only being rated Level 2. The 27-year-old reigning Belarussian national champion stayed close to the leader but dropped in the overall standings with the second-best free skate score of 153.06 points. Milyukov earned a total competition score of 241.24 points.

Final Results

  1. Andrei MOZALEV (RUS) – 244.61
  2. Konstantin MILYUKOV (BLR) – 241.24
  3. Aleksandr LEBEDEV (BLR) – 167.01
  4. Mikalai KAZLOU (BLR) – 145.49

Judges’ Scores

PAIRS; Final Results:

  1. Ekaterina YUROVA / Dmitry BUSHLANOV (BLR) – 157.37
  2. Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Aleksandr STEPANOV (BLR) – 149.93

Judges’ Scores

ICE DANCE; Final Results:

  1. Viktoria SEMENJUK / Ilya YUKHIMUK (BLR) – 171.61
  2. Ekaterina MIRONOVA / Evgenii USTENKO (RUS) – 166.95
  3. Aleksandra SAMERSOVA / Kevin OJALA (EST) – 147.23
  4. Anastasiia SAMMEL / Danylo YEFREMENKO (UKR) – 136.13
  5. Karyna SIDARENKA / Maksim YALENICH (BLR) – 135.35
  6. Ekaterina MITROFANOVA / Vladislav KASINSKIJ (BIH) – 132.34

Judges’ Scores

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