An unexpected... and historic winner!
With three new teams, the senior competition was exciting. Here is the final podium. (Credits: Evgeniy Nikiforov - 2022)
Synchronized skating fans were probably not expecting such a competition. And yet, for two days, synchronized skating thrilled the Russian public in Yoshkar-Ola. The Russian national championships determined also the two teams that will skate at the Worlds this spring!
The results of the first day turned out to be unpredictable. The team Tatarstan immediately grabbed the leadership. The skaters pushed their limits and literally flew on the ice. Their confident performance of the exciting program "Boom Boom", brought the athletes 77.14 points and provided a decent gap from rivals.
The second place was taken by the team Junost Senior. The girls performed a short program about childhood memories with warmth and tenderness and scored 71.37 points.
Multiple Russian National Champions Paradise made an unfortunate, but serious mistake during the execution of the Pivoting Block in the middle of the program. The fall of the skater did not allow the athletes to end the element, which, of course, affected the ratings in a bad way. The team received 67.43 points and after the short program took only the fourth place.
Crystal Ice Senior, being third the day before, performed emotionally the free program "Kill Bill" (204,14). Unfortunately, an offensive collapse of one of the group lifts lowered the team to the fourth place, and even high scores for the program components could not change the situation.
For the first time in the history of the team, Tatarstan became the Russian National Champions. The amazing program "Catwoman" was made at the highest level. Although after the free program Tatarstan was the second, the final result led them to the stunning victory (228.73).
Team Tatarstan will be "Team Russia 1" at the 2022 Worlds in Hamilton, and Team Paradise will compete as "Team Russia 2".
Junost from Yekaterinburg, inspired by the recent victory in Finland, softly and easily performed their short program "February". However, they finish 2nd (only 0.18 points behind their rivals from St. Petersburg).
The third place was taken by the Moscow team Crystal Ice Junior. The skaters brightly performed a short program to the famous song "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man and scored 70.25 points.
The athletes from Crystal Ice Junior put all their efforts into the execution of the free program "Phoenix Bird". The team confidently moved from element to element and, having scored 202.78 in total, took third place.
Sunrise-1 were ready to play their most important chess game of the season. The figure skaters perfectly performed the program The "Queen's Gambit", not allowing the audience to distract from their skating. The team scored 212.44 points in total; however, it wasn’t enough to win the event.
The team Junost from Yekaterinburg became 20 times Russian National Champions. The girls effortlessly performed their "Spanish Capriccio", which was highly appreciated by judges. The team's result for two programs was 212.89 points.
It means that at the World Junior Championships 2022, Junost will be "Team Russia 1" and Sunrise-1 "Team Russia 2". Both of them finished with extremely close scores (0.45).
Results - TOP 3
Russian National Championships 2022
JAN 26, 2022 - JAN 28, 2022
|1||Team Tatarstan (RUS)||228.73|
|2||Team Paradise (RUS)||220.14|
|2||Sunrise 1 (RUS)||212.44|
|3||Crystal Ice (RUS)||202.78|