Figure skating, the first gold is Russian. Della Monica-Guarise eighth

In Stockholm the very young Mishina-Galliamov win among artistic couples. The Azzurri, with Ghilardi-Ambrosini 17th, guarantee Italy two places at the Beijing 2022 Games. Short men: Hanyu dominates, Rizzo 11th, Grassl 15th

Andrea Buongiovanni


The gold of the artistic pairs returns to Russia. Where, traditionally, it has always belonged, but where it has actually been missing since 2013, from the triumph of Tatyana Volosozhar-Maksim Trankov in Canadian London. At the Globe Arena in Stockholm, however, the surprise is the giant itself. Because, representing the Russian skating federation (the Moscow sport is excluded from any international activity until December 2022), the rookies Anastasia Mishina-Aleksandr Galliamov, former junior world champions 2019, third after the short, prevailed. The students of the increasingly legendary Tamara Moskvina – 79 years old and not hearing them – with their 19 and 21 years and a high quality free in an evening marked by many mistakes, become the youngest world champions thanks to the success of compatriots Ekaterina Gordeeva-Sergey Grinkov , capable of winning four times between 1986 (the last, in that season, to succeed as rookies) and 1990.

Regina Moskvina

For Ms. Moskvina it is the first “global” triumph after the one in cohabitation of Elena Berezhnaya-Anbton Sikharulidze at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Silver on the ice in 1969 paired with Alexei Mishin, altru guru, 80 years old still in full activity, since the seventies, as a coach, she has not missed the appointment with the podium in any decade. Meanwhile, Mishina-Galliamov, with 227.59 points, precedes the outgoing Chinese champions (from 2019), Sui Wenjing-Han Cong (225.71), to the fifth career medal after two golds and as many silvers in six editions. The other Russians Aleksandra Boikova-Dmitry Kozlovsky, also 19 and 21 years old, in the lead after the first part of the race, have to settle for the bronze (217.63).

Nicole-Matteo ok

Nicole Della Monica-Matteo Guarise are also protagonists of a good comeback. The standard bearers of the Fiamme Oro, in the ninth World Championship jointly, grow from 11th to 8th place and, confirming the placement of 2019, equal the second best result of their career. Cristina Mauri’s students, after a short uphill, have some flaws only on the triples launched, but on the other elements, playing with experience, they return to be definitely up to par. And they close as the best Europeans behind the three Russian tandems. Their progress, coupled with the 17th place of Rebecca Ghilardi-Filippo Ambrosini, guarantees Italy two places in both the Beijing Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Montpellier.

Hanyu-Chen 1-0

Surprises also in the men’s short, dominated by the two-time Olympian Yuzury Hanyu. Too bad a performance like yours does not enjoy the audience in the stands. The 26-year-old Japanese masterly shoves a quadruple salchow, a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop and an exaggerated triple axel and, presenting a modern version of himself, dominates with 106.98 points on the notes of “Let Me Entertain You” by Robbie Williams. Behind him a real novelty, the 17-year-old compatriot Yuma Kagiyama who, at his debut and with healthy unconsciousness, is in turn capable of two quadruples and of breaking down the barrier of 100 points (100.96). The future, Milan-Cortina 2026 included, at this point, for the qualities shown, is already on its side. The American Nathan Chen is “only” third, 8.13 points from the head: he falls on the initial quadruple lutz as he did not happen to him from 120 race jumps and from 2018 and thus does not win a program after 21 consecutive successes.

Matteo and Daniel chiaroscuro

In a context of great quality, Matteo Rizzo and Daniel Grassl defend themselves. The first (83.30) lands the initial quadruple toe loop on two feet, but then it is precise; the second (79.43) dirty triple axel and combination. On Saturday, in the free, they will try to recover some positions. Meanwhile, on Friday, from 11, the Rhythm Dance with Carolina Moscheni-Francesco Fioretti at 12 and the ambitious Charlene Guignard-Marco Fabbri (eighth two years ago) at 3.29. Then, from 6 pm, the free female with the Russian Anna Shcherbakova called to defend the provisional leadership.

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Figure skating, the first gold is Russian. Della Monica-Guarise eighth

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