Daniel Grassl

Daniel Grassl (born 4 April 2002) is an Italian figure skater. He has won ten senior international medals, including gold at three ISU Challenger Series events (2018 CS Inge Solar Memorial – Alpen Trophy, 2019 CS Asian Open Trophy, 2019 CS Ice Star) and is a two-time Italian national champion (2019, 2020). He placed sixth at the 2019 European Championships and won bronze at the 2019 World Junior Championships.

Daniel Grassl
Daniel Grassl at the Junior World Championships 2019 - Awarding ceremony.jpg
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (2002-04-04) 4 April 2002 (age 18)
Merano, Italy
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
CoachLorenzo Magri
Former coachLudmila Mladenova
ChoreographerBenoît Richaud
Skating clubYoung Goose Academy
Training locationsEgna, Italy
Began skating2009
ISU personal best scores
Combined total244.88
2020 European Championships
Short program85.42
2019 CS Ice Star
Free skate168.27
2020 European Championships

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Grassl began learning to skate in 2009.[1] His first coach was Ludmila Mladenova in Merano.[2] He competed internationally in the advanced novice ranks from the 2012–2013 season through 2014–2015.

Making his junior international debut, Grassl won the bronze medal at the Lombardia Trophy in September 2015.[3] He won his first Italian national junior title in December of the same year.

2016–2017 seasonEdit

During the season, Grassl trained in Egna, Italy, coached by Lorenzo Magri.[4] In August 2016, he competed at his first ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) assignment, in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. After finishing 7th in France, he had the same result at his next JGP event, in Yokohama, Japan. In December, he repeated as Italy's national junior champion.

In February 2017, Grassl won silver at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Erzurum, Turkey.

2017–2018 seasonEdit

Coached by Magri,[5] Grassl began his season on the JGP series, placing 6th in Brisbane, Australia, and then 7th in Egna, Italy. His senior international debut came in late October 2017, at the Golden Bear of Zagreb in Croatia; ranked first in both segments, Grassl outscored British champion Graham Newberry by 13.33 points for the gold medal. During his time in Croatia, he was the youngest skater ever to land a quad lutz. In November, he stepped onto two more senior international podiums, taking gold at the Ice Challenge in Austria (27.33 points ahead of silver medalist Javier Raya from Spain) and then bronze at the Merano Cup in Italy (where he finished behind Newberry and Raya).

2018–2019 seasonEdit

In August, Grassl won bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Slovakia. In October, he received the senior gold medal at the Golden Bear of Zagreb after becoming the first European to land a quad loop in international competition. In December, he outscored Matteo Rizzo by 4.48 points to become the Italian national senior champion.

Grassl next competed at his first European Championships, where he placed ninth in the short program and fifth in the free skate, for sixth place overall. As Rizzo won the bronze medal at Europeans, he was assigned to Italy's lone men's place at the 2019 World Championships, while Grassl was sent to the 2019 World Junior Championships.[6] He placed third in the short program, winning a bronze small medal, despite a minor error on his triple Axel.[7]

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Grassl began his season on the Junior Grand Prix in Poland, where he won the bronze medal.[8] His second event was the Italian JGP event, held in his home rink, where he won the gold medal, qualifying to the Junior Grand Prix Final.[9] Moving to the senior level Challenger series, Grassl won both the Asian Open and the Ice Star.

At the JGP Final in Torino, Grassl was the lone Italian skater to qualify at either senior or junior level. Two days before the competition was to begin, his right skate broke, which he attempted to remedy with tape. This proved inadequate in skating the short program, where he placed fifth after missing the second part of his jump combination.[10] Grassl then replaced his skates with only a day's preparation, and struggled in the free skate, finishing last among the competitors.[11] Shortly afterward, he won his second consecutive Italian national title.

Grassl placed sixth in the short program at the 2020 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.[12] Grassl attempted the quad flip in competition for the first time in the free skate, underrotating both it and his quad Lutz, as well as a triple Axel. He placed third in the segment, winning a small bronze medal, and was fourth overall, 1.74 points behind bronze medalist Petr Gumennik.[13]

Records and achievementsEdit

  • At the age of 15, Grassl became the youngest person to land a quad Lutz jump in international competition (2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb). His record was broken by Stephen Gogolev in 2018.
  • The first European skater to have completed a quad loop in international competition. He landed the jump in his free skate at the 2018 Golden Bear of Zagreb.

ProgramsEdit

Season Short program Free skating
2019–2020
[14]
2018–2019
[1]
2017–2018
[15]
2016–2017
[4]
  • Smile
    by Charlie Chaplin
    performed by Nat King Cole
  • City Lights
    by Charlie Chaplin

Competitive highlightsEdit

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[16][3]
Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Europeans 6th 4th
CS Alpen Trophy 1st
CS Asian Open 1st
CS Golden Spin 10th 5th
CS Ice Star 1st
CS Ondrej Nepela WD
Egna Trophy 1st
Golden Bear 1st 1st
Ice Challenge 1st
Challenge Cup 2nd
Merano Cup 3rd
Warsaw Cup 1st
International: Junior [16]
Junior Worlds 3rd 4th
JGP Final 6th
JGP Australia 6th
JGP Austria 5th
JGP France 7th
JGP Italy 7th 1st
JGP Japan 7th
JGP Poland 3rd
JGP Slovakia 3rd
EYOF 2nd
Cup of Tyrol 2nd
Gardena/Egna 1st 1st
Golden Bear 1st 1st
Hellmut Seibt 3rd
Leo Scheu 2nd
Lombardia Trophy 3rd
Merano Cup 1st 2nd
Santa Claus Cup 1st 1st
Toruń Cup 1st 1st
International: Advanced novice[3]
Avas Cup 2nd
Bavarian Open 10th
Crystal Skate 1st
Denkova-Staviski 1st
Dragon Trophy 7th
Gardena Trophy 1st
Golden Bear 1st
Heiko Fischer 3rd 2nd
Hellmut Seibt 1st
Lombardia Trophy 3rd
Mladost Trophy 5th
Rooster Cup 1st
Toruń Cup 1st
National[16][3]
Italian Champ. 1st N 4th J 1st J 1st J 4th 1st 1st
Team events
World Team
Trophy
6th T
11th P
Levels: N = Advanced novice; J = Junior
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Detailed resultsEdit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Current ISU world bests highlighted in bold and italic.

2019–20 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
2–8 March 2020 2020 World Junior Championships Junior 6
78.91
3
150.47
4
229.38
20–26 January 2020 2020 European Championships Senior 11
76.61
2
168.27
4
244.88
12–15 December 2019 2019 Italian Championships Senior 2
81.53
1
163.87
1
245.40
5–8 December 2019 2019–20 JGP Final Junior 5
71.95
6
123.71
6
195.66
30 October – 3 November 2019 2019 CS Asian Open Trophy Senior 1
77.09
1
152.99
1
230.08
18–20 October 2019 2019 CS Ice Star Senior 1
85.42
1
158.40
1
243.82
2–5 October 2019 2019 JGP Italy Junior 1
82.77
1
158.76
1
241.53
4–7 September 2019 2019 JGP Poland Junior 3
81.01
3
147.63
3
228.64
2018–19 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
11–14 April 2019 2019 World Team Trophy Senior 10
79.68
11
148.68
6T/11P
228.36
4–10 March 2019 2019 World Junior Championships Junior 3
81.19
4
143.48
3
224.67
21–27 January 2019 2019 European Championships Senior 9
81.69
5
155.01
6
236.70
13–16 December 2018 2019 Italian Championships Senior 1
81.64
2
164.46
1
246.10
5–8 December 2018 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb Senior 6
82.35
4
147.47
5
229.82
23–25 November 2018 2018 Warsaw Cup Senior 1
82.27
1
135.64
1
217.91
11–18 November 2018 2018 CS Alpen Trophy Senior 1
83.42
1
147.08
1
230.50
24–28 October 2018 2018 Golden Bear Senior 1
82.42
1
167.95
1
250.37
29 August – 1 September 2018 2018 JGP Austria Junior 5
70.17
5
121.21
5
191.38
22–25 August 2018 2018 JGP Slovakia Junior 3
71.86
4
127.40
3
199.26
2017–2018 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
15–17 April 2018 2018 Gardena Spring Trophy Senior 1
69.36
1
147.63
1
216.99
22–25 February 2018 2018 Challenge Cup Senior 7
64.99
1
145.43
2
210.42
6–9 December 2017 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb Senior 10
68.25
10
138.87
10
207.12
15–19 November 2017 2017 Merano Cup Senior 1
65.55
2
122.82
3
188.37
9–12 November 2017 2017 Ice Challenge Senior 1
72.34
1
137.54
1
209.88
11–14 October 2017 2017 JGP Italy Junior 8
61.92
6
126.12
7
188.04
23–26 August 2017 2017 JGP Australia Junior 5
62.35
8
112.58
6
174.93

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Daniel GRASSL: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 October 2018.
  2. ^ Chinappi, Giulio (1 January 2016). "ESCLUSIVA Pattinaggio artistico: intervista al giovane talento Daniel Grassl" [Exclusive, figure skating: interview with young talent Daniel Grassl]. oasport.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Daniel GRASSL". rinkresults.com.
  4. ^ a b "Daniel GRASSL: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Il 15enne meranese Daniel Grassl tra le stelle di domani" [15-year-old Daniel Grassl from Merano among the stars of tomorrow]. altoadige.it (in Italian). 26 August 2017. Archived from the original on 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ Slater, Paula (January 26, 2019). "Fernandez snags seventh consecutive European title". Golden Skate.
  7. ^ Slater, Paula (March 6, 2019). "Camden in true form at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
  8. ^ "U.S., Russian and Japanese skaters earn tickets to Final at ISU Junior Grand Prix". International Skating Union. September 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Skaters from Russia and Italy grab last spots for the Final at ISU Junior Grand Prix in Egna". International Skating Union. October 7, 2019.
  10. ^ Slater, Paula (December 5, 2019). "Russia's Andrei Mozalev: 'I feel very comfortable here'". Golden Skate.
  11. ^ Slater, Paula (December 7, 2019). "Japan's Sato stuns at Junior Grand Prix Final; snatches gold". Golden Skate.
  12. ^ Slater, Paula (March 4, 2020). "Japan's Yuma Kagiyama takes lead at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
  13. ^ Slater, Paula (March 6, 2020). "Andrei Mozalev nabs Junior World title". Golden Skate.
  14. ^ "Daniel GRASSL: 2019/2020". International Skating Union.
  15. ^ "Daniel GRASSL: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Daniel GRASSL". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 October 2018.

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