On Saturday, the final sets of medals were decided at the 2022 Russian Figure Skating Championships in Saint Petersburg – with the must-see women’s free skate event delivering multiple quadruple jumps and making triple axels seem ordinary, while the pairs showed why Russia is at the forefront of the discipline.
2020 World Junior champion Kamila Valieva, who has never been lower than second place at the junior or senior level, claimed the gold medal at the national championships in dominant fashion.
The 15-year-old figure skater began her free skate performance with an easy quad Salchow – receiving over four grade of execution points – and then landed a triple axel, a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, and a triple loop. Skating to Boléro, Valieva completed a quad toe loop-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and a triple Lutz in the second half of the routine. She received an unseen 193.10 points for the presentation and earned a total competition score of 283.48 points.
Fifth after the short program, 2021 World bronze medalist and two-time World Junior champion Alexandra Trusova repeated her best result at the Russian Nationals – winning a silver medal for the second time. The 17-year-old had been sidelined for a bit while recovering from a leg injury this season but lived up to her nickname, Quad Queen, in today’s free skate event.
Skating to music from the film Cruella, Trusova began her performance with a good quad flip, a fall on a quad toe loop, but completed a double axel. Later, she successfully landed a quad Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a quad Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, and a triple flip. Trusova received a score of 174.44 points for her free skate presentation and earned a total score of 248.65 points.
2021 World and three-consecutive-time Russian national champion Anna Shcherbakova was unsuccessful in her attempt to defend her title but comes away from the competition with a medal nonetheless.
Shcherbakova fell on her free skate opening quad flip and opted to do higher probability triples for the remainder of the performance. Skating to a mixture of Ruska by Apocalyptica, Satan’s Ball from The Master and Margarita, and Requiem by Wolfgang Mozart, the 17-year-old completed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and two double axels in the first half of the routine. Later on, she landed the difficult triple Lutz-triple loop combination, a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple Lutz. Shcherbakova took the bronze medal – receiving a score of 158.10 points in the free skate event and earning a total competition result of 239.56 points.
- Kamila Valieva – 283.48
- Alexandra Trusova – 248.65
- Anna Shcherbakova – 239.56
- Adeliia Petrosian – 233.97
- Sofia Samodelkina – 233.09
- Sofia Muravieva – 230.31
- Elizaveta Tuktamysheva – 224.40
- Maiia Khromykh – 217.18
- Kseniia Sinitsyna – 204.61
- Veronika Yametova – 191.37
- Sofia Samodurova – 183.26
- Anastasia Zinina – 181.45
- Valeria Shulskaya – 180.92
- Anastasia Morozova – 180.57
- Ksenia Gushchina – 171.62
- Polina Sviridenko – 166.02
- Arina Onishchenko – 163.56
- Veronika Peterimova – 155.40
2019 World Junior and 2021 World champions Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov had an amazing competition and culminated it by not only winning their first medals at the national championships but by capturing the gold.
Mishina and Galliamov kicked off their free skate routine with side-by-side triple Salchow-Euler-triple Salchow combinations, a level four triple twist lift, and a successful triple Lutz throw. Skating to a combination of The Snowstorm and Time, Forward by Georgy Sviridov, the pair also completed side-by-side triple toe loops and a triple loop throw to earn a score of 160.00 points for their performance. Their total competition score was 243.74 points and they remain undefeated at all competitions since the Cup of Russia Final and the World Championships in early 2021.
2020 European champions Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii won their fourth consecutive medal at the national championships. Second by only 0.90 points after the short program, Boikova and Kozlovskii began their performance on Saturday with side-by-side triple Salchows and triple toe loop-double toe loop-double toe loop combinations. Skating to Swan Lake, later they completed a triple twist lift, a triple flip throw, and a triple loop throw. Boikova and Kozlovskii received a free skate score of 157.03 points and earned a total competition score of 239.87 points.
Three-time national champions Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov have medaled at the national championships for the eighth consecutive year. Presenting their free skate routine to Lighthouse by Patrick Watson, Tarasova and Morozov landed side-by-side triple Salchows and executed a triple twist lift to start their performance before a slight error on the side-by-side triple toe loop-double toe loop combination. Tarasova landed triple flip and loop throws. They received a score of 149.52 points and earned a total score of 228.20 points for third place.
- Anastasia Mishina & Aleksandr Galliamov – 243.74
- Aleksandra Boikova & Dmitrii Kozlovskii – 239.87
- Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov – 228.20
- Daria Pavliuchenko & Denis Khodykin – 220.18
- Iuliia Artemeva & Mikhail Nazarychev – 213.19
- Karina Akopova & Nikita Rakhmanin – 210.77
- Natalia Khabibullina & Ilya Knyazhuk – 195.86
- Ekaterina Chikmareva & Matvei Ianchenkov – 195.83
- Yasmina Kadyrova & Ivan Balchenko – 188.90
- Anastasia Mukhortova & Dmitry Evgenyev – 187.94
- Ekaterina Geinish & Ilya Mironov – 176.33
- Ekaterina Petushkova & Evgenii Malikov – 166.15