Anastasiia Gubanova leads at Golden Spin of Zagreb after short program; Keegan Messing first in men’s event

Anastasiia Gubanova at the 2021 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

The Golden Spin of Zagreb is the final stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series. It is held from December 7 to 11 in Sisak, Croatia – 57 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of Zagreb.

Georgian representative Anastasiia Gubanova began her short program performance with a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and later completed a double axel and a triple Lutz. The 19-year-old figure skater received a score of 65.68 points for her presentation.

In her only previous competition this season, Gubanova placed fifth overall at the Finlandia Trophy – only behind the likes of Kamila Valieva, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Alena Kostornaia, and Loena Hendrickx.

Last season’s U.S. national silver medalist Amber Glenn began her short program routine with a triple axel – unfortunately the jump was deemed to be under-rotated. Later, Glenn landed a triple flip-double toe loop combination and a triple loop. She received a higher program component score than the leader – 31.00 points, compared to Gubanova’s 30.08 points – but is currently in second place with a total score of 64.45 points.

Women’s Short Program Results:

  1. Anastasiia Gubanova (GEO) – 65.68
  2. Amber Glenn (USA) – 64.45
  3. Gabriella Izzo (USA) – 62.91
  4. Niina Petrokina (EST) – 61.35
  5. Marilena Kitromilis (CYP) – 58.71
  6. Hanna Harrell (USA) – 57.30
  7. Eliska Brezinova (CZE) – 55.27
  8. Gerli Liinamae (EST) – 54.03
  9. Dasa Grm (SLO) – 53.56
  10. Kailani Craine (AUS) – 53.22
  11. Josefin Taljegard (SWE) – 53.04
  12. Kristina Shkuleta-Gromova (EST) – 51.56
  13. Maia Mazzara (FRA) – 50.39
  14. Ellen Slavickova (CZE) – 46.90
  15. Taylor Morris (ISR) – 45.14
  16. Victoria Alcantara (AUS) – 44.38
  17. Maria Levushkina (BUL) – 44.23
  18. Niki Wories (NED) – 42.85
  19. Andrea Montesinos Cantu (MEX) – 42.78
  20. Elena Komova (GBR) – 42.58
  21. Ivelina Baycheva (BUL) – 42.52
  22. Kristina Grigorova (BUL) – 42.26
  23. Antonina Dubinina (SRB) – 42.19

Judges’ Scores


Canada’s Keegan Messing took a six-point lead of the men’s event after the short program. The 29-year-old began his performance with a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination, later completing a triple axel and a triple Lutz. He received a score of 90.26 points.

Men’s Short Program Results:

  1. Keegan Messing (CAN) – 90.26
  2. Deniss Vasiljevs (LAT) – 84.46
  3. Brendan Kerry (AUS) – 84.36
  4. Alexei Bychenko (ISR) – 82.88
  5. Jimmy Ma (USA) – 80.84
  6. Andrei Mozalev (RUS) – 80.71
  7. Aleksandr Selevko (EST) – 80.54
  8. Conrad Orzel (CAN) – 78.85
  9. Nika Egadze (GEO) – 73.56
  10. Eric Sjoberg (USA) – 73.48
  11. Georgii Reshtenko (CZE) – 72.58
  12. Mihhail Selevko (EST) – 70.84
  13. Basar Oktar (TUR) – 70.39
  14. Kevin Aymoz (FRA) – 70.35
  15. Vladimir Samoilov (POL) – 68.19
  16. Mark Gorodnitsky (ISR) – 66.66
  17. Jari Kessler (CRO) – 65.01
  18. Burak Demirboga (TUR) – 64.96
  19. Raffaele Francesco Zich (ITA) – 64.21
  20. Alessandro Fadini (ITA) – 63.67
  21. Makar Suntsev (FIN) – 60.97
  22. Morisi Kvitelashvili (GEO) – 58.53
  23. Daniel Samohin (ISR) – 56.85
  24. Joseph Phan (CAN) – 56.01
  25. Alp Eren Ozkan (TUR) – 55.38
  26. Charles Henry Katanovic (CRO) – 53.60

Judges’ Scores


Pairs’ Short Program Results:

  1. Karina Safina / Luka Berulava (GEO) – 66.95
  2. Alexa Knierim / Brandon Frazier (USA) – 66.44
  3. Audrey Lu / Misha Mitrofanov (USA) – 66.41
  4. Anastasiia Metelkina / Daniil Parkman (GEO) – 65.97
  5. Jessica Calalang / Brian Johnson (USA) – 61.74
  6. Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro (CAN) – 61.51
  7. Iuliia Artemeva / Mikhail Nazarychev (RUS) – 61.18
  8. Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud (CAN) – 59.31
  9. Vanessa James / Eric Radford (CAN) – 56.74
  10. Lana Petranovic / Antonio Souza Kordeiru (CRO) – 56.40
  11. Maria Pavlova / Balazs Nagy (HUN) – 55.61
  12. Hailey Kops / Evgeni Krasnopolski (ISR) – 53.79
  13. Anastasia Golubeva / Hektor Giotopoulos Moore (AUS) – 53.42
  14. Irma Caldara / Riccardo Maglio (ITA) – 51.18
  15. Maria Chernyshova / Harley Windsor (AUS) – 49.02
  16. Milania Vaananen / Mikhail Akulov (FIN) – 48.99
  17. Campbell Young / Lachlan Lewer (AUS) – 35.17

Judges’ Scores

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