Anastasiia Gubanova wins gold at the Golden Spin of Zagreb

Anastasia Gubanova at the Golden Spin of Zagreb (Photo by FigureSkatingGeorgia via Instagram)

The final stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series – the 2021 Golden Spin of Zagreb – takes place in Sisak, Croatia this week, about 57 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of Zagreb itself.

Georgian representative Anastasiia Gubanova celebrated her first career ISU Challenger Series gold medal this week – previously, in December 2018, she had won a silver medal at the same competition in Croatia.

The 19-year-old figure skater held the lead after the short program and, despite receiving the third best free skate score of the event, maintained first place overall. Skating to music by Abel Korzeniowski, Gubanova began her long program routine with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a double axel, and a triple Salchow. Later, she popped a loop attempt and received a quarter-under-rotation call on the first jump of a triple flip-double toe loop combination. Gubanova culminated her performance with a clean triple flip-double toe loop combination and another solo double axel. She received 118.61 points for the presentation – a score that is much lower than what she is usually capable of – and earned a total competition score of 184.29 points.

Reigning U.S. national silver medalist Amber Glenn was in prime position to challenge for the win but did not have the best outing. Skating to Rain, in Your Black Eyes by Enzio Bosso, the 22-year-old American started her free skate program with a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination and then completed a double axel instead of a triple attempt. She later landed another triple flip-double toe loop combination and a triple Lutz. In the second half of the routine, the Texan completed two triple loops – one of which was intended to be in a combination and was ruled a repetition – and a double axel. She received a free skate score of 118.91 points and earned a total score of 183.36 points.

Newly crowned Estonian national champion Niina Petrokina won her third ISU Challenger Series medal in her debut international senior level season. The 17-year-old from Tallinn was fourth after the short program but delivered the highest scored free skate performance and rose onto the podium.

Petrokina started her routine with a double axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a double Lutz. Later, she completed a triple flip-double toe loop combination and, finally, a triple loop, a triple flip, and a double axel. Petrokina received a score of 121.11 points for the free skate performance and earned a total competition score of 182.57 points.

Final Results Of Women’s Event:

  1. Anastasiia Gubanova (GEO) – 184.29
  2. Amber Glenn (USA) – 183.36
  3. Niina Petrokina (EST) – 182.57
  4. Gabriella Izzo (USA) – 167.96
  5. Marilena Kitromilis (CYP) – 166.95
  6. Maia Mazzara (FRA) – 162.79
  7. Hanna Harrell (USA) – 158.89
  8. Kailani Craine (AUS) – 158.65
  9. Kristina Shkuleta-Gromova (EST) – 157.41
  10. Gerli Liinamae (EST) – 152.01
  11. Eliska Brezinova (CZE) – 150.83
  12. Josefin Taljegard (SWE) – 143.02
  13. Taylor Morris (ISR) – 139.24
  14. Ellen Slavickova (CZE) – 138.04
  15. Andrea Montesinos Cantu (MEX) – 131.85
  16. Dasa Grm (SLO) – 131.26
  17. Maria Levushkina (BUL) – 129.95
  18. Ivelina Baycheva (BUL) – 128.71
  19. Elena Komova (GBR) – 126.66
  20. Niki Wories (NED) – 125.24
  21. Antonina Dubinina (SRB) – 123.17
  22. Victoria Alcantara (AUS) – 122.63
  23. Kristina Grigorova (BUL) – 115.71

Judges’ Scores


Final Results Of Pairs’ Event:

  1. Audrey Lu / Misha Mitrofanov (USA) – 195.32
  2. Anastasiia Metelkina / Daniil Parkman (GEO) – 189.60
  3. Iuliia Artemeva / Mikhail Nazarychev (RUS) – 189.29
  4. Vanessa James / Eric Radford (CAN) – 187.57
  5. Alexa Knierim / Brandon Frazier (USA) – 186.69
  6. Jessica Calalang / Brian Johnson (USA) – 180.49
  7. Karina Safina / Luka Berulava (GEO) – 179.33
  8. Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro (CAN) – 176.97
  9. Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud (CAN) – 168.87
  10. Anastasia Golubeva / Hektor Giotopoulos Moore (AUS) – 163.57
  11. Lana Petranovic / Antonio Souza Kordeiru (CRO) – 163.29
  12. Hailey Kops / Evgeni Krasnopolski (ISR) – 158.61
  13. Maria Pavlova / Balazs Nagy (HUN) – 151.53
  14. Irma Caldara / Riccardo Maglio (ITA) – 147.29
  15. Maria Chernyshova / Harley Windsor (AUS) – 139.61
  16. Milania Vaananen / Mikhail Akulov (FIN) – 135.34
  17. Campbell Young / Lachlan Lewer (AUS) – 103.78

Judges’ Scores


Ice Dance Results After Rhythm Dance:

  1. Allison Reed / Saulius Ambrulevicius (LTU) – 75.25
  2. Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker (USA) – 74.60
  3. Elizaveta Shanaeva / Devid Naryzhnyy (RUS) – 70.59
  4. Tina Garabedian / Simon Proulx Senecal (ARM) – 70.57
  5. Emily Bratti / Ian Somerville (USA) – 68.90
  6. Holly Harris / Jason Chan (AUS) – 65.54
  7. Molly Cesanek / Yehor Yehorov (USA) – 65.23
  8. Solene Mazingue / Marko Jevgeni Gaidajenko (EST) – 58.89
  9. Mariia Nosovitskaya / Mikhail Nosovitskiy (ISR) – 57.45
  10. Aurelija Ipolito / Luke Russell (LAT) – 50.85
  11. Chelsea Verhaegh / Sherim Van Geffen (NED) – 48.98
  12. Hanna Jakucs / Alessio Galli (NED) – 47.17
  13. India Nette / Eron Westwood (AUS) – 46.88
  14. Gaukhar Nauryzova / Boyisangur Datiev (KAZ) – 46.45

Judges’ Scores

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