Lombardia Trophy 2023 – Preview

The first of the 2023/24 Challenger events is Lombardia Trophy which takes place in Bergamo, Italy from the 8th-10th of September.

Here’s a rundown of who you can expect to see competing at this event and some information about them.


SkaterCountryNotable Results 22/23NationalsProgram InformationNotable JumpsWorld Standing
Nina PinzarroneBelgiumWorlds 2023 - 11th (191.78)SP: W.E. (soundtrack) / FS: Spartacus3Lz+3T26th
Niina PetrokinaEstoniaTallink Hotels Cup 2023 - 1st (203.52)1stSP: Run / FS: Dusty Road/Prelude (Age of Heroes)3Lz+1Eu+3S9th
Janna JyrkinenFinlandVolvo Open Cup 2022 - 1st (178.72)1stSP: Flowers / FS: The Story of Voyages (soundtrack)3Lz+3T38th
Anastasiia GubanovaGeorgiaEuropeans 2023 - 1st (199.91)SP: Mojo / FS: Caruso3Lz+3T7th
Alina UrushadzeGeorgia123rd
Lara Naki GutmannItalyDragon Trophy 2023 - 1st (180.89)1stSP: Kiss of Death/Le Serpent/War Dance / FS: Hitchcock (soundtracks)3Lz+1Eu+3S24th
Hana YoshidaJapanTriglav Trophy 2023 - 1st (211.46)6thSP: Koo Koo Fun / FS: Shakuhachi/La Terra Vue Du Ciel3Lz+3T / 3A25th
Chaeyeon KimSouth KoreaFinlandia Trophy 2022 - 2nd (205.51)4thSP: Pantomeme/(Pina) soundtrack / FS: Le Bal des folles3Lz+2A+2T17th
Seoyeong KimSouth Korea16thSP: Bolero/Benediction and Dream / FS: High Strung Free Dance (soundtrack)
Ahsun YunSouth KoreaIce Challenge 2022 - 6th (163.82)8thSP: La La Land (soundtrack) / FS: Queen's Gambit3Lz+3T71st
Angelina KuchvalskaLatviaTallinn Trophy 2022 - 2nd (156.89)3T+3T70th
Misa Risa GomezNorwaySanta Claus Cup 2022 - 1st (163.04)1stSP: Metamorphosis / FS: Samurai Swords/Happiness Does Not Wait3T+3T88th
Ekaterina KurakovaPolandMK John Wilson Trophy 2022 - 5th (190.44)1stSP: Kill Bill (soundtrack)3Lz+1Eu+3F8th
Ava Marie ZieglerUSASkate Canada 2022 - 4th (186.76)9thSP: Jazz Man / FS: Liberation/Bound to You3Lz+3T29th


SkaterCountryNotable Results 22/23NationalsProgram InformationNotable JumpsWorld Standing
Georgii ReshtenkoCzech RepublicTriglav Trophy 2023 - 5th (176.75)2ndSP: Triple Concerto in C Major (Beethoven) / FS: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (soundtrack)4T+3T81st
Arlet LevandiEstoniaTallink Hotels Cup 2023 - 1st (225.79)3rdSP: Mauvaise Journee / FS: Baikal3Lz+3T19th
Makar SuntsevFinlandJGP Riga 2022 - 5th (189.03, J)2ndSP: Moonlight Sonata / FS: Ghosts of Japan/Taki Burossamu Taki/The Geisha and the Samurai/The Way of the Samurai3Lz+3T91st
Landry le MayFranceGrand Prix de France 2022 - 11th (203.39)4th3F+1Eu+3S111th
Nika EgadzeGeorgiaGrand Prix de France 2022 - 5th (233.40)SP: Ave Maria / FS: Moulin Rouge (soundtrack)4S+3T18th
Nikita StarostinGermanyWorlds 2023 - 19th (217.87)1st3S+2A+2A58th
Yuma KagiyamaJapan8thSP: Believer / FS: Rain, In Your Black Eyes4S26th
Nozomu YoshiokaJapanTriglav Trophy 2023 - 1st (238.36)10thSP: Lullaby for Sadness/Fate of the Clockmaker / FS: Pirates of the Caribbean (soundtrack)3A+1Eu+3S36th
Kornel WitkowskiPolandMaria Olszewska Memorial 2023 - 1st (201.35)3rd3Lz+3T82nd
Milosz WitkowskiPolandMaria Olszewska Memorial 2023 - 2nd (182.96)2nd3T+2A+2A141st
Andrii KokuraUkraineTallink Hotels Cup 2023 - 10th (175.74)SP: I Put A Spell On You / FS: Casanova3Lz+1Eu+3S98th
Camden PulkinenUSAGolden Spin 2022 - 1st (242.09)8thSP: A Different Kind of Love / FS: Tosca4T16th
Andrew TorgashevUSAChallenge Cup 2023 - 5th (215.86)3rdSP: L'enfer / FS: Void of Madness3Lz+1Eu+3S108th

Ice Dance

TeamCountryNotable Results 22/23NationalsProgram InformationWorld Standing
Natalia Pallu-Neves / Jayin PanesarBrazilEgna Dance Trophy 2023 - 10th (124.05)RD: INXS medley / FD: Prince medley
Katerina Mrazkova / Daniel MrazekCzech RepublicEgna Dance Trophy 2023 - 1st (187.28 J)1st (J)RD: Self Control/Total Eclipse of the Heart/Holding Out For A Hero / FD: Swan Lake24th
Natalia Taschlerova / Filip TaschlerCzech RepublicWorlds 2023 - 8th (196.39)1stRD: The Knowledge/Juicy Fruit/Serious Slammin / FD: Bluecobalto/Terra Rosa/Son Felice12th
Maria Kazakova / Giorgi ReviaGeorgiaNRW Trophy 2022 - 1st (188.38)RD: Queen medley / FD: Schindler's List15th
Charise Matthaei / Max LiebersGermanyEgna Dance Trophy 2023 - 3rd (162.81)2ndRD: Pump Up The Jam/Sexual Healing/Get Up / FD: Eleanor Rigby66th
Leia Dozzi / Pietro PapettiItalyEgna Dance Trophy 2023 - 2nd (170.73)4th68th
Giorgia Galimberti / Matteo Libasse MandelliItalyEgna Dance Trophy 2023 - 4th (143.37, J)2nd (J)80th
Charlene Guignard / Marco FabbriItalyWTT 2023 - 2nd (223.24)1stRD: Holding Out For A Hero/Against All Odds / FD: Emily/The Crimsonwing Mystery of the Flamingos/The Theory of Everything/The Dressmaker (soundtracks)1st
Victoria Manni / Carlo RoethlisbergerItalyEgna Dance Trophy 2023 - 1st (177.64)2nd37th
Olivia Oliver / Filip BojanowskiPoland
Maria Sofia Pucherova / Nikita LysakSlovakiaBavarian Open 2023 - 5th (148.67)2ndRD: Joan Jett medley / FD: Moulin Rouge (soundtrack)63rd
Anna Simova / Kirill AksenovSlovakiaNRW Trophy 2022 - 4th (160.78)1stRD: Ghostbusters/I Can Wait Forever/Name Game / FD: Beatles medley44th
Zoe Larson / Andrii KapranUkraineDenis Ten Memorial 2022 - 9th (135.18)
Emily Bratti / Ian SomervilleUSASkate Canada 2022 - 6th (179.14)5thRD: Prince medley / FD: Ne Me Quitte Pas25th
Caroline Green / Michael ParsonsUSAWorlds 2023 - 6th (201.44)2ndRD: Paula Abdul medley / FD: Denmark/Wind and Snow6th


TeamCountryNotable Results 22/23NationalsProgram InformationWorld Standing
Barbora Kucianova / Martin BidarCzech Republic
Milania Vaananen / Filippo ClericiFinland1st
Aurelie Faula / Theo BelleFranceBavarian Open 2023 - 8th (127.10)3rdSP: I'll Take Care of You / FS: Experience/Charlie Chaplin
Oceane Piegad / Denys StrekalinFranceChallenge Cup 2023 - 7th (145.74)47th
Anastasia Vaipan-Law / Luke DigbyGreat BritainWorlds 2023 - 16th (153.38)1stSP: Never Tear Us Apart / FS: Survivor/Gangsta's Paradise29th
Minerva Fabienne Hase / Nikitin VolodinGermanySP: Stay / FS: The Path of Silence/Power of Mind
Annika Hocke / Robert KunkelGermanyWorlds 2023 - 9th (184.60)1stSP: I Love Rock n Roll/Voulez-Vous / FS: Without You8th
Lucrezia Beccari / Matteo GuariseItalyWarsaup 2022 - 4th (166.50)3rdSP: Run / FS: Cats (soundtrack)32nd
Sara Conti / Niccolo MaciiItalyWorlds 2023 - 3rd (208.08)1st4th
Rebecca Ghilardi / Filippo AmbrosiniItalyGrand Prix Espoo 2022 - 1st (189.74)2nd3rd
Daria Danilova / Michel TsibaNetherlandsWorlds 2023 - 13th (173.85)SP: The Hunger Games (soundtrack) / FS: The Chain9th

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