Mark Kondratiuk wins 2022 European title; Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov lead after rhythm dance in Tallinn

Mark Kondratiuk at the 2022 European Figure Skating Championships at Tondiraba Ice Hall on January 14, 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

The 2022 European Figure Skating Championships continued on Friday in Tallinn, Estonia and determined a new champion in the men’s discipline, as well as began the ice dance event with the favorites securely in the top three.

Fresh off of his victory at the Russian Championships last month, 18-year-old Mark Kondratiuk performed two personal best routines on his way to capture the European title in his debut appearance this week.

Skating to music from Jesus Christ Superstar, Kondratiuk started his free skate routine with a quad toe loop, a triple axel, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, and a triple loop. Leaving two more quads for the second half of the program, he completed a quad Salchow-Euler-triple Salchow, a solo quad Salchow, and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination for the second half bonus. Kondratiuk received a new personal best score of 187.50 points for the performance and a new career best total score of 286.56 points – the fourth best score of the season, only behind Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou, and Shoma Uno.

Fourth after the short program, four-time Italian national champion Daniel Grassl claimed his first major senior medal – silver at the European Championships. The 19-year-old figure skater began his free skate performance with a quad Lutz, a quad flip, a quad loop-Euler-triple Salchow, and a triple axel. Performing to Interstellar by Hans Zimmer and I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith, Grassl later completed a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and a solo triple Lutz. He received a new personal best score of 182.73 points and earned a total score of 274.48 points.

In fifth place following the short program event, Latvian representative Deniss Vasiljevs presented his best career result in the Estonian capital, finally breaking his fourth place curse with a bronze medal. Prior to the European Championships, the 22-year-old finished all four previous competitions in fourth place this season. Vasiljevs kicked off his routine with a quad Salchow, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, a solo triple axel, and a triple loop. In the next half of the routine, he completed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple Lutz. Vasiljevs also improved his personal best scores – receiving a free skate result of 181.84 points and a total competition score of 272.08 points.

Final Results

  1. Mark KONDRATIUK (RUS) – 286.56
  2. Daniel GRASSL (ITA) – 274.48
  3. Deniss VASILJEVS (LAT) – 272.08
  4. Andrei MOZALEV (RUS) – 265.69
  5. Evgeni SEMENENKO (RUS) – 260.00
  6. Morisi KVITELASHVILI (GEO) – 253.91
  7. Kevin AYMOZ (FRA) – 252.21
  8. Vladimir LITVINTSEV (AZE) – 244.70
  9. Gabriele FRANGIPANI (ITA) – 238.95
  10. Michal BREZINA (CZE) – 238.38
  11. Lukas BRITSCHGI (SUI) – 218.91
  12. Ivan SHMURATKO (UKR) – 214.57
  13. Nikita STAROSTIN (GER) – 214.40
  14. Arlet LEVANDI (EST) – 208.52
  15. Nikolaj MEMOLA (ITA) – 206.53
  16. Paul FENTZ (GER) – 206.06
  17. Maurizio ZANDRON (AUT) – 193.91
  18. Kornel WITKOWSKI (POL) – 193.29
  19. Valtter VIRTANEN (FIN) – 190.97
  20. Davide LEWTON BRAIN (MON) – 190.67
  21. Konstantin MILYUKOV (BLR) – 182.59
  22. Tomas-Llorenc GUARINO SABATE (ESP) – 178.67
  23. Burak DEMIRBOGA (TUR) – 168.03
  24. Slavik HAYRAPETYAN (ARM) – 167.84

Did not qualify for free skate:

  1. Adam HAGARA (SVK) – 65.23
  2. Graham NEWBERRY (GBR) – 64.49
  3. Matyas BELOHRADSKY (CZE) – 64.38
  4. Nika EGADZE (GEO) – 63.60
  5. Daniels KOCKERS (LAT) – 56.10
  6. Conor STAKELUM (IRL) – 56.00
  7. Jari KESSLER (CRO) – 55.82
  8. Andras CSERNOCH (HUN) – 54.88
  9. Larry LOUPOLOVER (BUL) – 45.67

Judges’ Scores


Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov at the 2022 European Figure Skating Championships on January 14, 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images)

Reigning World champions and defending European title holders in the ice dance discipline Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov achieved a new season’s best result in Friday’s rhythm dance event. Skating to a mixture of You Can Leave Your Hat On by Joe Cocker and Brick House by The Commodores, Sinitsina and Katsalapov proved their favorites’ position and were less than a point shy of their personal best score. They received 87.89 points for their performance.

Two-time Russian national champions Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin are just over a point behind the leaders and maintain a shot at an upset victory. Skating to a combination of Everybody by The Backstreet Boys and Monster by Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber, the 2019 European silver medalists and three-time bronze medalists improved their career best rhythm dance result – earning a score of 86.45 points.

2019 European bronze medalists Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri are aiming at their second podium at the event. The four-time Italian national champions have been enjoying a successful season – medaling at all five competitions this season, with three gold medals and two silver. Skating to music by Michael Jackson, Guignard and Fabbri earned a rhythm dance score of 83.35 points.

Results after rhythm dance

  1. Victoria SINITSINA / Nikita KATSALAPOV (RUS) – 87.89
  2. Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN (RUS) – 86.45
  3. Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI (ITA) – 83.35
  4. Lilah FEAR / Lewis GIBSON (GBR) – 79.97
  5. Olivia SMART / Adrian DIAZ (ESP) – 77.99
  6. Sara HURTADO / Kirill KHALIAVIN (ESP) – 75.83
  7. Allison REED / Saulius AMBRULEVICIUS (LTU) – 74.45
  8. Diana DAVIS / Gleb SMOLKIN (RUS) – 73.32
  9. Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV (POL) – 70.47
  10. Evgeniia LOPAREVA / Geoffrey BRISSAUD (FRA) – 70.22
  11. Natalie TASCHLEROVA / Filip TASCHLER (CZE) – 69.72
  12. Oleksandra NAZAROVA / Maksym NIKITIN (UKR) – 68.51
  13. Katharina MUELLER / Tim DIECK (GER) – 67.46
  14. Tina GARABEDIAN / Simon PROULX SENECAL (ARM) – 65.58
  15. Loicia DEMOUGEOT / Theo le MERCIER (FRA) – 64.55
  16. Sasha FEAR / George WADDELL (GBR) – 63.61
  17. Mariia HOLUBTSOVA / Kyryl BIELOBROV (UKR) – 63.30
  18. Jasmine TESSARI / Stephane WALKER (SUI) – 60.98
  19. Mariia IGNATEVA / Danijil Leonyidovics SZEMKO (HUN) – 60.41
  20. Solene MAZINGUE / Marko Jevgeni GAIDAJENKO (EST) – 60.36

Did not qualify for free dance:

  1. Carolina MOSCHENI / Francesco FIORETTI (ITA) – 59.13
  2. Viktoria SEMENJUK / Ilya YUKHIMUK (BLR) – 54.28
  3. Maria Sofia PUCHEROVA / Nikita LYSAK (SVK) – 54.19
  4. Aurelija IPOLITO / Luke RUSSELL (LAT) – 53.35
  5. Hanna JAKUCS / Alessio GALLI (NED) – 49.39
  6. Ekaterina KUZNETSOVA / Oleksandr KOLOSOVSKYI (AZE) – 48.35

Judges’ Scores

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