Kamila Valieva leads Russian women’s podium sweep; Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov repeat as European champions

Silver medalist Anna Shcherbakova, gold medalist Kamila Valieva and bronze medalist Alexandra Trusova during the medal ceremony of the 2022 European Figure Skating Championships on January 15, 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images)

On the final competition day of the 2022 European Figure Skating Championships, Russia claimed two more gold medals – winning all four disciplines – including a podium sweep by the women and a one-two by the ice dancers.

In her first competition as Russian national champion, 15-year-old Kamila Valieva captured the European title in her debut attempt. Skating to Bolero, the world record holder of the free skate event began her routine with a quad Salchow but uncharacteristically fell on her subsequent triple axel attempt. Nevertheless, the 2020 World Junior champion later completed a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a triple loop, a quad toe loop-triple Salchow in a sequence, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and a triple Lutz. She received a score of 168.61 points for the performance and earned a total competition score of 259.06 points.

Fourth after the short program, reigning World champion Anna Shcherbakova delivered when it mattered most again. The 17-year-old three-time Russian national champion started her free skate program with a quad flip and then landed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and two double axels. Skating to a mixture of Ruska by Apocalyptica, Satan’s Ball from The Master and Margarita, and Requiem by Wolfgang Mozart, Shcherbakova completed the difficult triple Lutz-triple loop combination, a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple Lutz in the second half of the routine. She achieved a career best free skate score of 168.37 points and earned a total score of 237.42 points for her second European silver medal.

Teammate of both Valieva and Shcherbakova on Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny team, 2021 World bronze medalist and two-time World Junior champion Alexandra Trusova took home her second career European bronze medal. The 17-year-old began her free skate routine with two successful quad jumps – a flip and a Salchow – and a double axel-triple toe loop combination before falling on a quad toe loop. Skating to music from Cruella, Trusova then fell on a quad Lutz attempt – which was also downgraded by the judges – but completed a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. She received a score of 159.23 points for the routine and earned a total result of 234.36 points.

Final Results

  1. Kamila VALIEVA (RUS) – 259.06
  2. Anna SHCHERBAKOVA (RUS) – 237.42
  3. Alexandra TRUSOVA (RUS) – 234.36
  4. Loena HENDRICKX (BEL) – 207.97
  5. Ekaterina KURAKOVA (POL) – 204.73
  6. Ekaterina RYABOVA (AZE) – 196.75
  7. Anastasiia GUBANOVA (GEO) – 188.17
  8. Niina PETROKINA (EST) – 187.07
  9. Viktoriia SAFONOVA (BLR) – 185.41
  10. Alexia PAGANINI (SUI) – 178.10
  11. Eva-Lotta KIIBUS (EST) – 171.64
  12. Lea SERNA (FRA) – 171.00
  13. Nicole SCHOTT (GER) – 170.18
  14. Josefin TALJEGARD (SWE) – 164.30
  15. Olga MIKUTINA (AUT) – 164.01
  16. Lara Naki GUTMANN (ITA) – 163.99
  17. Natasha McKAY (GBR) – 161.74
  18. Jenni SAARINEN (FIN) – 160.32
  19. Yasmine Kimiko YAMADA (SUI) – 159.18
  20. Alexandra FEIGIN (BUL) – 155.56
  21. Eliska BREZINOVA (CZE) – 155.24
  22. Aleksandra GOLOVKINA (LTU) – 142.20
  23. Regina SCHERMANN (HUN) – 133.42
    WD – Marina PIREDDA (ITA) – 14th after SP (59.53)

Did not qualify for free skate:

  1. Anete LACE (LAT) – 49.75
  2. Oona OUNASVUORI (FIN) – 49.13
  3. Lindsay van ZUNDERT (NED) – 48.92
  4. Dasa GRM (SLO) – 47.85
  5. Antonina DUBININA (SRB) – 47.77
  6. Taylor MORRIS (ISR) – 46.60
  7. Linnea KILSAND (NOR) – 45.51
  8. Marilena KITROMILIS (CYP) – 44.03
  9. Alexandra Michaela FILCOVA (SVK) – 43.56
  10. Aldis Kara BERGSDOTTIR (ISL) – 42.23
  11. Sinem PEKDER (TUR) – 42.16
  12. Maia SORENSEN (DEN) – 40.93

Judges’ Scores


Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov at the 2022 European Figure Skating Championship on January 15, 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images)

Reigning World champions Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov celebrated their second consecutive European title on Saturday.

Skating to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, the Russian figure skaters held a small lead after the rhythm dance but presented their best free skate routine of the season and remain undefeated since claiming their second national title in December 2019. They received a score of 130.07 points for their long program presentation and earned a total competition score of 217.96 points.

Two-time Russian national champions Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin presented two of the best programs of their careers and won their fifth medal at the European Championships – their second silver. Medalists at both of their International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series events this season, Stepanova and Bukin received a score of 126.75 points for their free dance performance and earned a total competition result of 213.20 points.

Italian representatives Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri continued their successful Olympic season, medaling in all six competitions and claiming their second European bronze medals. Skating to Atonement by Dario Marianelli and Song For The Little Sparrow by Abel Korzeniowski in the free dance event, the four-time national champions Guignard and Fabbri received a free dance score of 124.62 points and earned a total score of 207.97 points.

Final Results

  1. Victoria SINITSINA / Nikita KATSALAPOV (RUS) – 217.96
  2. Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN (RUS) – 213.20
  3. Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI (ITA) – 207.97
  4. Olivia SMART / Adrian DIAZ (ESP) – 196.86
  5. Lilah FEAR / Lewis GIBSON (GBR) – 196.01
  6. Sara HURTADO / Kirill KHALIAVIN (ESP) – 191.90
  7. Diana DAVIS / Gleb SMOLKIN (RUS) – 186.61
  8. Allison REED / Saulius AMBRULEVICIUS (LTU) – 183.17
  9. Evgeniia LOPAREVA / Geoffrey BRISSAUD (FRA) – 178.34
  10. Oleksandra NAZAROVA / Maksym NIKITIN (UKR) – 173.99
  11. Natalie TASCHLEROVA / Filip TASCHLER (CZE) – 172.39
  12. Katharina MUELLER / Tim DIECK (GER) – 170.27
  13. Tina GARABEDIAN / Simon PROULX SENECAL (ARM) – 168.43
  14. Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV (POL) – 166.52
  15. Sasha FEAR / George WADDELL (GBR) – 163.21
  16. Loicia DEMOUGEOT / Theo le MERCIER (FRA) – 162.77
  17. Mariia HOLUBTSOVA / Kyryl BIELOBROV (UKR) – 156.35
  18. Mariia IGNATEVA / Danijil Leonyidovics SZEMKO (HUN) – 150.83
  19. Jasmine TESSARI / Stephane WALKER (SUI) – 147.55
  20. Solene MAZINGUE / Marko Jevgeni GAIDAJENKO (EST) – 143.89

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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