Maiia Khromykh wins at Warsaw Cup, Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin celebrate first senior international level gold

Maiia Khromykh at the 2021 Grand Prix of Italy on November 06, 2021 in Turin. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

At this week’s International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series competition in Poland – the 2021 Warsaw Cup – 15-year-old Russian figure skater Maiia Khromykh fought through a challenging free skate program but managed to come out on top and win the gold medal.

Khromykh began her free skate routine with two quad attempts – completing a difficult landing on the first quad toe loop, but then falling on the subsequent quad toe loop. The latter was also downgraded due to not enough rotations. Khromyk also received an under-rotation call on her following triple loop as she fell again. The Russian continued the remainder of her performance with positive grades of execution and earned level four ratings on all of her spins. She completed a double axel, a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination. Khromykh received the second best free skate score of 124.78 points and earned a total competition score of 194.02 points.

Bronze medalist at last week’s Cup of Austria, Niina Petrokina won another medal this week – improving her result to claim silver at the Warsaw Cup. The Estonian representative began her free skate program with a double axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple Lutz. She fell on a triple flip-single toe loop combination but successfully culminated her routine with a triple loop, a triple flip, and a double axel. Petrokina received a new personal best free skate score of 123.94 points and earned a total competition score of 188.86 points.

Silver medalist at both the Lombardia Trophy and the Nebelhorn Trophy this season, 19-year-old Polish figure skater Ekaterina Kurakova won the bronze medal at her home competition. Sixth after the short program, Kurakova delivered the highest ranking free skate performance and rose onto the podium. She began her presentation with a triple Lutz-Euler-triple flip combination, a triple Lutz, a triple toe loop, and a double axel. In the second half of her routine, Kurakova completed a triple Salchow-double axel in a sequence, a triple loop-double toe loop combination, and a triple loop. She received a score of 126.60 points in the free skate event and earned a total competition score of 187.80 points.

Final Results

  1. Maiia KHROMYKH (RUS) – 194.02
  2. Niina PETROKINA (EST) – 188.86
  3. Ekaterina KURAKOVA (POL) – 187.80
  4. Nicole SCHOTT (GER) – 186.66
  5. Lindsay THORNGREN (USA) – 184.40
  6. Anastasiia SHABOTOVA (UKR) – 177.40
  7. Gabrielle DALEMAN (CAN) – 176.74
  8. Emmi PELTONEN (FIN) – 169.25
  9. Jenni SAARINEN (FIN) – 164.85
  10. Kristina ISAEV (GER) – 161.47
  11. Natasha MCKAY (GBR) – 160.22
  12. Marilena KITROMILIS (CYP) – 157.12
  13. Gabriella IZZO (USA) – 155.78
  14. Emilea ZINGAS (CYP) – 152.17
  15. Kristina SHKULETA-GROMOVA (EST) – 149.80
  16. Niki WORIES (NED) – 147.92
  17. Alina URUSHADZE (GEO) – 147.39
  18. Taylor MORRIS (ISR) – 140.77
  19. Anastasia GOZHVA (UKR) – 139.53
  20. Aleksandra GOLOVKINA (LTU) – 135.23
  21. Yelizaveta BABENKO (UKR) – 131.51
  22. Elzbieta GABRYSZAK (POL) – 125.59
  23. Karolina BIALAS (POL) – 124.31
  24. Nathalie WEINZIERL (GER) – 122.23
  25. Nataly LANGERBAUR (EST) – 120.10
  26. Natalia LERKA (POL) – 112.06
  27. Maia SORENSEN (DEN) – 106.51
  28. Julie FROETSCHER (FRA) – 89.84
  29. Maral-Erdene GANSUKH (MGL) – 81.15

Judges’ Scores


Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin at the 2021 Skate Canada International in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 30, 2021. (Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP via Getty Images)

In the ice dance event, Russian ice dancers Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin celebrated their first career senior international level gold medals. Davis and Smolkin improved their personal best scores in each performance – 81.30 points in the rhythm dance and 118.60 points in the free dance.

Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin:

Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi:

Caroline Green and Michael Parsons:

Final Results

  1. Diana DAVIS / Gleb SMOLKIN (RUS) – 199.90
  2. Kana MURAMOTO / Daisuke TAKAHASHI (JPN) – 190.16
  3. Caroline GREEN / Michael PARSONS (USA) – 187.84
  4. Elizaveta SHANAEVA / Devid NARYZHNYY (RUS) – 184.43
  5. Yuka ORIHARA / Juho PIRINEN (FIN) – 176.77
  6. Natalie TASCHLEROVA / Filip TASCHLER (CZE) – 175.48
  7. Eva PATE / Logan BYE (USA) – 171.00
  8. Molly LANAGHAN / Dmitre RAZGULAJEVS (CAN) – 170.19
  9. Maria GOLUBTSOVA / Kirill BELOBROV (UKR) – 168.91
  10. Natacha LAGOUGE / Arnaud CAFFA (FRA) – 162.09
  11. Mariia NOSOVITSKAYA / Mikhail NOSOVITSKIY (ISR) – 159.40
  12. Viktoria SEMENJUK / Ilya YUKHIMUK (BLR) – 156.38
  13. Anastasia POLIBINA / Pavel GOLOVISHNIKOV (POL) – 155.99
  14. Jasmine TESSARI / Stephane WALKER (SUI) – 154.87
  15. Solene MAZINGUE / Marko Jevgeni GAIDAJENKO (EST) – 147.54
  16. Anne-Marie WOLF / Max LIEBERS (GER) – 139.56
  17. Aleksandra SAMERSOVA / Kevin OJALA (EST) – 138.80
  18. Lara LUFT / Maximilian PFISTERER (GER) – 133.64
  19. Paulina RAMANAUSKAITE / Deividas KIZALA (LTU) – 133.03
  20. Viktoriia LOPUSOVA / Asaf KAZIMOV (GER) – 131.67
  21. Hanna JAKUCS / Alessio GALLI (NED) – 127.12
  22. Olexandra BORYSOVA / Aaron FREEMAN (POL) – 102.15

Judges’ Scores

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