McAllister 11th At Budapest Trophy

Sam McAllister (23) has marked his return to competition with an 11th finish at the Budapest Trophy in Budapest, Hungary today.

McAllister began with the short programme yesterday where he performed to “Good News” by Apashe. He opened with a triple flip before attempting a triple Lutz jump combination. In the second half of his routine, he landed a double Axel and executed a Level 4 flying sit spin. He scored 51.63 points to put himself in 11th overnight.

In the free skating McAllister commenced with a triple Lutz-Euler-double flip jump sequence. Skating to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film soundtrack, he also included a double Axel-triple toe loop combination as well three other triple jumps. All three of his spins were graded Level 4 by the technical panel. He earned a free score of 101.58 to give him a total of 153.21 and remained in 11th place.

“Overall, I’m super happy with how I performed,” McAllister said. “Even though they were not my best skates, it was such a great feeling being back out competing again. I achieved my goal of getting three Level 4 spins which I am really happy about as it’s something I have never done before.”

McAllister Returns To The Ice At Budapest Trophy

A mere 598 days since his last competition Sam McAllister (23) is back on competition ice this week at the Budapest Trophy (14-17 October) in Hungary.

McAllister’s last competitive appearance was at the Irish Figure Skating Championships in 2020 when he won his second Senior title and he is relishing the opportunity of performing again.

“I am looking forward to going out to Hungary and enjoying  my first competition back after no competitions for 18 months.”

While he has not been able to compete, McAllister has been using the time to work hard on improvements to the technical aspect of his skating.

“I have recently got three Level 4 Spins and I would be really happy if I could do them in either of my performances that would be a great achievement for me.”

McAllister will skate in the short programme tomorrow afternoon (14 October) and in the free skating on Friday afternoon (15 October). The Budapest Trophy will be streamed live on the Hungarian National Skating Federation’s YouTube channel.

Golding and Tkacheva Conclude Competition At Budapest Trophy

Elizabeth Golding and Sophia Tkacheva finished 11th and 12th respectively earlier today at the Budapest Trophy, their opening event of this season, in Budapest, Hungary.

In the short programme, Golding attempted a double Axel, a triple Salchow combination and a double Lutz. All three of her spins were graded Level 3 and she scored 28.55 for the segment to put herself in 11th place overnight after the first day of competition.

The following day Golding began her free skating with double Axel and triple Salchow attempts and went on to land a second double Axel as well as execute a Level 4 Flying Camel Spin towards the end of her programme. She received a free skating score of 56.66 points to give her a combined total of 85.21.

“The competition went okay,” Golding said. “I have many things to work on, but it was great to be back competing after such a long break.”

Tkacheva drew first to skate her short in which she attempted a double Axel, a double flip-double loop combination and a double Lutz. Her Change Foot Combination Spin and Step Sequence were both graded Level 2 by the technical panel and she was awarded a score of 27.30 points putting her in 12th place midway through the event.

In the free, she commenced with a double flip-double loop combination and a double Lutz before attempting a double Axel. She closed her routine with a Level 4 Change Foot Combination Spin and earned a free score of 48.91 points which gave her a final total of 76.21.

“I had a great experience participating here in Budapest,” Tkacheva said. “It has always been my dream to compete at an ISU international competition. I really hope things will go back to normal or improve with the coronavirus soon and I will have regular access to ice to work on my programmes and improve the consistency of my jumps.”


Golding And Tkacheva All Set For Season Debut

This weekend sees figure skaters Elizabeth Golding and Sophia Tkacheva make their season debut at the Budapest Trophy (14-17 October) at the Vasas Jégcentrum ice rink in the Hungarian capital when they compete in the Junior Ladies event.

Golding is the 2019 Irish Junior champion and she claimed silver at the 2020 Irish Championships in February this year. Tkacheva took her first Junior national title at those championships and this will be the first time that both skaters participate in a competition since then.

They will first take to the ice in the short programme on Friday afternoon, 16 October and will be back on Saturday afternoon, 17 October for the free skating. The event will be live streamed on the Hungarian Skating Federation’s YouTube channel with detailed results on the competition website.