National titles awarded in Turin with four confirmations: Grassl, Gutmann, Della Monica-Guarise in couples and Marco-Charlene in dance win
Four titles, as many confirmations: the Italian figure skating championships, at the Palavela in Turin, reaffirm the winners of the edition of a year ago at the Wurth Arena in Egna. And the result, two months from the Beijing Olympics, also passing through the European Championships in Tallinn (12-15 January), can be interpreted positively and negatively. Because in some specialties the level is at the top international level, in others less so.
The most competitive sector remains the male one, with two athletes who, in the continental review, may also aspire to get on the podium together. The challenge between Daniel Grassl and Matteo Rizzo – on very high standards – is always incandescent and tight, although for the fourth consecutive year to win is the first. The policeman followed by Lorenzo Magri precedes the bearer of the Fiamme Azzurre who returned to train with Franca Bianconi by about 11 points (273.96 to 262.98). The 19-year-old from Merano focuses above all on jumps: in the free he proposes three quadruples (lutz, flip and lutz) and seven triples, six of which in combination, although not all clean. The 23-year-old from Milan has an overall more complete package and greater elegance, but less effective rotations. It remains that the sector, with two like this, has long since found the possible protagonists for Milan-Cortina 2026. Behind them, as a year ago, Gabriele Frangipani (216.69).
The female competition is of inferior quality. Even if Lara Guttman, in turn bearer of the Fiamme Oro, winner of the second Italian title, grows season after season. The 19-year-old from thirty trained by Gabriele Minchio, the best in both segments of the competition, closes with 187.43 points, preceding the 14-year-old Anna Pezzetta, a pleasant revelation (177.47) and Marina Piredda (173.67). Thanks to the team event, Guttman will soon realize the Olympic dream. On the other hand, individual participation is in the balance: excluded after the qualifying test in Oberstdorf in September for the trifle of 75/100 points, it is a sort of first reserve. In the event of a waiver, in fact, the share will go to Italy. Giving Lara a double chance.
Emotion at Palavela: Nicole Della Monica-Matteo Guarise conquer the seventh consecutive title. But the series is destined to end here. Because the tandem led by Cristina Mauri, who gave so much to the tricolor movement, will dissolve at the end of the season – if not already at the end of the Games. Nicole, after many years of flattering activity and a fourth Olympics (the first, in Vancouver 2010, played together with Yannick Kocon), will hang up her skates, Matteo will instead look for a new partner to chase Milan-Cortina 2026, when he will be 37 years old . The policemen, meanwhile, with 195.89, precede Rebecca Ghilardi-Filippo Ambrosini (180.82) and Sara Conti-Niccolò Macii (169.36). Consolidated hierarchies: it’s the same twelve-month podium. With Ghilardi-Ambrosini in turn deserving of a presence in Beijing.
It’s poker (after eight consecutive second places) also for Charlene Guignard-Marco Fabbri. The proven duo of the Blue Flames led by Barbara Fusar Poli, with 221.51 points and exciting programs, confirms all its qualities and partly refers to the disappointment for the postponement due to problems related to the management of the Covid pandemic of the Grand final Prix to six that was scheduled for next weekend in Osaka, Japan, won thanks to the prestigious second places in Skate Canada, in Vancouver and the Rostelecom Cup, in Sochi. Next goal: a European medal after the bronze in Minsk 2019 and the fourth square in Graz 2020. Then, of course, the Games. Second are Carolina Moscheni-Francesco Fioretti (159.10) and third Elisabetta Leccardi-Mattia Dalla Torre (143.19), a newly formed couple made up of athletes who, until a few months ago, skated individually in the artistic field. Absent Carolina Portesi Peroni-Michael Chrastecky (she is recovering from a serious injury). By the way: interesting the out-of-competition performance by Leia Dozzi-Pietro Papetti, another fresh tandem (she competed for Hungary, but will represent Italy), which in Turin was followed on the balustrade by the great Canadian Scott Moir: the two are now based at the London Campus of the Ice Academy in Montreal, led by the Olympian of the specialty in 2010 and 2018 together with Tessa Virtue. In the context also assigned the junior title, prerogative of Nicole Rosanna Calderari-Marco Cilli (149.91).
December 5, 2021 (change December 5, 2021 | 20:14)
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