Young figure skaters at Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games have shown the world how the future of the sport will look like. And the enthusiastic crowd at Lausanne Vaudoise Arena was truly wowed.
Russian pair glide to gold
Russia’s Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov won the pairs gold medal with an incredible display of speed, precision and technical excellence. Their performance included a flawless triple twist lift, triple salchow and throw triple loop.
Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov are Youth Olympic champions after the free skate!— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) January 12, 2020
1️ 🥇 Panfilova & Rylov 🇷🇺
2️ 🥈 Mukhametzianova & Mironov 🇷🇺
3️ 🥉 Butaeva & Berulava 🇬🇪
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Diana Mukhametzianova and Ilya Mironov (RUS) got silver and Alina Butaeva and Luka Berulava (GEO) took bronze.
Kagiyama targets Beijing 2022 after winning figure skating gold
Kagiyama Yuma (JPN) achieved a surprise win in the men’s singles figure skating on Sunday, coming from third place after the short programme to snatch gold.
“I’m super happy and this gives me strong confidence moving towards future tournaments. Free skating is my favourite [programme], so I didn’t feel any pressure. I was wondering how many points I could get, but I thought I could do my best. Beijing 2022 is the target for me right now” - ,” said Kagiyama, 16, after a remarkably clean and accomplished routine.
Amazing! Japan's Kagiyama Yuma nails his final triple axel to win the men's #figureskating gold at #Lausanne2020.— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) January 12, 2020
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Despite their disappointment, the future of Russian figure skating still seems in safe hands. Andrei Mozalev, 16, won silver and Daniil Samsonov, 14, took the bronze.
Russian ice dancers live up to golden expectations
Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano secured the gold medal, with teammates Sofya Tyutyunina and Alexander Shustitskiy taking silver. Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen of the United States placed third.
Victory for Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano 🇷🇺! Check out their golden performance.— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) January 13, 2020
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Cirisano was confident that news of their gold medal would have already reached home. “My friends and family have all been watching the Games online, so I won’t have to tell them we have won the gold medal,” he said. “When I turn on the phone it will be them contacting me to share this moment. We are very happy.”
You Young holds nerve
You Young (KOR) held her nerve in the free skate segment of the ladies’ singles event, retaining her first place from short programme to win the Republic of Korea’s first medal of the Lausanne 2020 Winter YOG.
The 15-year-old opened her routine with one of the most powerful weapons in her arsenal, the triple axel. She was already the first figure skater from her nation to pull off the high-scoring jump in senior competition.
Gold for #YouYoung! 🥇— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) January 13, 2020
The South Korean lands a triple Axel on the way to victory at the #lausanne2020 @youtholympics. ⛸️
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“I’m happy with my triple axel, but I didn’t have a chance to put my triple toe in the second half,” You said. “Instead of a double axel-triple toe, I just did a double axel-double toe, but I think it’s a good way to be mistake-free. I’m a little disappointed in that, but I’ll practise more and avoid that in future” – she said.
For someone who spent several years growing up in Singapore and was there when the city hosted the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, this seemed like a victory that had come full circle. You now has her sights set on the big stage when Beijing hosts the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Kseniia Sinitsyna (RUS) maintained her second place from the short programme and took silver, while her compatriot Anna Frolova’s finished third.
Figure skaters mix it up in glorious send-off
Athletes from Estonia, Georgia, Japan and Russia combined as Team Courage to win the mixed NOC team event as figure skating closed out in style at Lausanne 2020.
The eight-team event featured athletes from different nations competing together, with each team represented in the ice dance, pairs, ladies’ singles and men’s singles, with ranking points from the four rounds combined to determine the medals.
The athletes embraced the composite format, cheering for their teammates as they performed and then waiting with them for scores to be announced.
“It was different. You wanted to go out there and do well, have fun, and be part of a team,” said Canada’s Tyler Gunara. He and ice dance partner Miku Makita competed for Team Hope.