Anastasia Zinina replaces Isabeau Levito in ISU Junior Grand Prix Final

Anastasia Zinina at the ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

On the updated list of participants at the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix Final, first alternate Anastasia Zinina has been added to the junior women’s event in place of Isabeau Levito – who has withdrawn due to an injury.

2021 U.S. junior national champion Levito qualified to the Final having won the second stage of the series in France. Due to travel restrictions for Russian citizens, no competitors from Russia were able to participate. Later, at the Austrian stage of the series, Levito received a total competition score of 208.31 points – which is the fifth highest score of this season’s ISU Junior Grand Prix series. The 14-year-old American figure skater won the silver medal at that competition – only behind Russia’s Sofia Muravieva but ahead of Zinina.

Zinina placed second at the Russian stage of this season’s series and came in third in Austria. The 14-year-old Russian, who began the season by winning the Moscow Junior Championships in August, became the first alternate due to having the highest total competition score among figure skaters who had not won a stage – her score of 206.20 points is the sixth best result of the season. She earned the score at the Russian stage which was dominated by reigning Russian junior national champion Sofia Akateva – Akateva received the highest competition score of the series, 233.08 points, and among all women, regardless of age, only Kamila Valieva, Anna Shcherbakova, and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva have received greater scores this season.

The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final will be held simultaneously with the senior level competition from December 9 to 12 in Osaka, Japan. The full list of junior women participating now includes: Russia’s Akateva, Veronika Zhilina, Sofia Muravieva, Adelia Petrosian, and Zinina; the USA’s Lindsay Thorngren; Japan’s wild card entry Rion Sumiyoshi.

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