Jason Brown came from behind to seal a thrilling victory in figure skating's Finlandia Trophy, Friday (8 October), in Espoo, Finland.
The American went into the free skate in second place overall, having been pipped to top spot in the short program by Canada's Keegan Messing in a tiebreak a day previously.
But Brown regrouped to deliver a mesmerising - albeit quad-less - routine to 'I could have done more'' by John Williams (from Schindler’s List) in the free skate.
While Matteo Rizzo of Italy finished first in the free skate, Brown's fifth place was good enough to seal the overall gold with a score of 262.52.
PyeongChang 2018 team silver medallist Mikhail Kolyada of the ROC finished second overall with 256.98, while his compatriot - and 2020 European champion - Dmitri Aliev completed the podium with 249.25.
In the last run of the men's competition, Messing failed to land one of his jumps and had to settle for fourth-place overall.
Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva set two world records at once at the Finlandia Trophy tournament in Espoo (Finland).
Valieva received 174.31 points for the free program, breaking the world record of Russian Alexandra Trusova, who scored 166.62 points at the Grand Skate Canada stage in 2019.
Also, the Russian woman set a world record for the sum of two programs. Valieva scored 249.24 points, beating the previous record holder Alena Kostornaya, who scored 247.59 points in the Grand Prix finals of the 2019/2020 season.
During the free program, 15-year-old student Eteri Tutberidze performed three quadruple jumps - solo salchow and sheepskin coat, as well as a cascade of quadruple toe loop + oiler + triple salchow. At the same time, the skater fell from a triple axel.
The second place was taken by Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who was in the lead after the short program. 24-year-old student of Alexei Mishin performed two triple axels, one of them in a cascade with a double toe loop. Her score is 233.30.
Bronze went to Alena Kostornaya. Pupil Tutberidze performed one triple axel with a mistake, abruptly rolling onto the other leg during landing, and scored a total of 218.83 points.
Earlier Valieva explained the fall during the triple axel at the Finlandia Trophy.
Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva explained the fall during the triple axel in the short program at the Finlandia Trophy, which takes place in Espoo.
The athlete received 74.93 points for her hire and took third place. These competitions became the first international tournament at the adult level for the Russian woman.
“Well, I was a little worried, but I just didn’t go with all my strength into the axel, I tried very cautiously, but not to jump the axel very carefully. Well, I couldn't show my maximum, ” Sports.ru quotes Valieva .
She also noted the warm welcome from the audience.
“This is my first international start in adults, but at the same time the audience welcomes me very warmly, as if I’ve been skating for so long, and this is very inspiring to skate,” said the skater.
After the short program, the leader is Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (81.53 points). The second place is taken by her compatriot Alena Kostornaya (78.61).
A politician has told critics to look at the reasons for American defeats after a claim that Russian figure skaters had been helped to glory, including a world record for a 15-year-old, because of bonuses for their nationality, Russia dominated the medals at the Finlandia Trophy on Sunday, when Kamila Valieva, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Alena Kostornaia finished first, second and third at Finland's Espoo Metro Arena.
Valieva, 15, posted scores of 174.31 and 249.24 to break the Free Skate and Combined Score World Record – although rows ensued online over what some fans described as "hyper-inflated" scores.
Leading figure skating reporter Philip Hersh was the most high-profile name to speak out, taking aim at the Russian competitors.
"I keep looking through the International Skating Union rules to find the Skating While Russian bonus, but it must take three-factor identification to access it," the Olympic veteran quipped to his thousands of social media followers.
"These women are good enough; they don’t need inflated PCS [program component scores] and GOE [grade of execution] because it says Russia on their team jackets."
There was some consternation over why Hersh had specifically called out Russian athletes, with one fan pointing out that US star Jason Brown, who beat Russians Mikhail Kolyada and Dmitri Aliev, had also been among the purported beneficiaries of perceived generous judging.
"It's true for your lot, too," they told Hersh. "[Brown] would never make a podium with falls on triple axels... zero quads.
"No matter how excellent of a skater he is, [he would not have won] if, on his jacket, there was something else other than USA. A pot calling a kettle black."
Dmitry Svishchev, a member of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs, congratulated the Russian team on results that he said showed progress "in the right direction".
"The system for the development of figure skating in Russia has positive trends," he told Championat. "It is not clear why our foreign colleagues and rivals perceive this negatively.
"It is necessary to understand not the reasons for the victories of the Russians, but the reasons for the defeats of the Americans.
"Formerly, Americans and Canadians were often winners. Nobody shouted that it was dishonest. Every country and school has its own ascent.
"For these statements, one can only rejoice and treat them with a grain of irony. This is an unspoken recognition of our school."
While some said that the scores were fully justified for Valieva's outstanding performance to dethrone champion Kostornaia, others warned that the totals may have devalued the prodigy's achievement.
"Kami’s new record just feels so empty," claimed one. "Breaking a record should come after a skate of your life.
"With all these hyper-inflated scores, there’s no sense of accomplishment anymore."
Valieva landed three quad jumps including a quad Salchow, a quad toe-triple toe combination and a quad toe-Euler-triple Salchow combo.
The nearest Americans to the triumphant Russian trio were Karen Chen, who finished sixth, and Amber Glenn, in tenth. Elsewhere in their division, 16-year-old Sofia Frank broke numerous female Philippine records, finishing 18th.
This and That: 2021 Finlandia Trophy (Kamila Valieva, Alena Kostornaia, Papadakis and Cizeron)
This week, Kamila Valieva, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Alena Kostornaia battled it out for Russian supremacy at the 2021 Finlandia Trophy. Loenda Hendrickx, Karen Chen and Amber Glenn rounded out the field. Meanwhile, Jason Brown, Mikhail Kolyada and Keegan Meegan all displayed so much promise and so much early-season messiness.
It was the dance event that gave us the most joy, as Papadakis and Cizeron, Chock and Bates and Fear and Gibson made their international debuts, and Smart and Diaz and Sarah Hurtado gave us a preview of the ensuing the drama in Spanish ice dancing. In the pair event, many countries had mini dramas with Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro facing Vanessa James and Eric Radford, Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson squaring off against Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc and Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov facing off against Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov. It's another jam-packed episode of 'This and That'!