Sixteen-year-old figure skater Sofia Frank broke several Philippine records in the women’s division for an International Skating Union-sanctioned competition in the 2021 Finlandia Trophy Sunday, Oct. 10. at the Espoo Metro Arena in Finland.
The Philippine Skating Union (PHSU) acknowledged Frank’s achievements in the Finland tilt as she became the country’s highest scorer in the short program, free skate, and overall for a female skater.
She garnered 94.79 points in the free skate and earlier hauled 53.30 points in the short program for an overall 148.09, placing 18th out of 26 skaters.
The record was previously held by 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Alisson Perticheto, who had an overall 139.70 points during the 2019 ISU Challenger Series Warsaw Cup.
“This is only Sofia’s 2nd appearance in the international stage of figure skating, and the total scores are conquered by a significant 8.39 pts. Well done Sofia!” wrote the PHSU on its Facebook page.
In the free skate, Frank, who just turned 16 on Wednesday, Oct. 6, highlighted her performance with triple lutz and triple salchow executions.
However, she sustained a fall deduction and later on downgraded a couple of jumps including her salchow attempt.
Russian skaters ruled the Finlandia Trophy courtesy of Kamila Valieva, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, and Alena Kostornaia for the podium finish, respectively.
Earlier this week, two-time Winter Olympian Michael Martinez and Christopher Caluza concluded their Finlandia Trophy campaign in 24th and 25th place, respectively, out of the 26 skaters.
Meanwhile, junior skater Skye Patenia also made a debut appearance in an ISU Junior Grand Prix for the Cup of Austria at the Linz AG Eisarena in Linz, Austria.
She finished 34th in a field of 38 skaters with a total of 76.51 points.