Daria Romanovna Usacheva (Russian: Дарья Романовна Усачёва, born 22 May 2006) is a Russian figure skater. On the junior level, she is the 2020 World Junior silver medalist, the 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2019 Denis Ten Memorial Challenge champion, and the 2020 Russian junior national bronze medalist.
Usacheva at the 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final
|Native name||Дарья Романовна Усачёва|
|Full name||Daria Romanovna Usacheva|
|Alternative names||Daria Usachyova|
|Born||22 May 2006|
|Height||1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)|
|Coach||Eteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov|
|Former coach||Oksana Bulycheva, Anna Tsareva|
|Skating club||Sambo 70 (Khrustalnyi)|
|World standing||125 (As of February 19, 2020) (2019-20)|
|Season's bests||47 (As of February 19, 2020) (2019-20)|
|ISU personal best scores|
2020 Junior World Championships
2019 JGP Croatia
2020 Junior World Championships
Usacheva began learning how to skate in 2009 at the age of three in her native Khabarovsk. After moving to Moscow with her family, Usacheva trained for several years in the group of Oksana Bulycheva at Sambo 70. After parting ways with Bulycheva, she trained under Anna Tsareva for a year before finally moving into Eteri Tutberidze's group within the same training complex.
2019–2020 season: Junior international debutEdit
Usacheva made her junior international debut in September 2019 at the 2019 JGP Latvia. She placed first in the short program at the event, but fell to third in the free skate to finish second overall behind South Korean skater Lee Hae-in. At her second Junior Grand Prix assignment, 2019 JGP Croatia, Usacheva duplicated her result from JGP Latvia, again earning a silver medal behind Lee Hae-in. In light of her results, and with 26 qualifying points in hand, Usacheva advanced to her first Junior Grand Prix Final.
Usacheva next competed in the junior ladies category at the inaugural Denis Ten Memorial Challenge where she won both the short program and the free skate to earn her first international gold medal ahead of training mate Maiia Khromykh in second and Bulgarian competitor Maria Levushkina in third.
In December 2019, Usacheva competed at the 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final in Torino, Italy. She set new personal best scores in both the free skate (despite errors) and overall to win the bronze medal behind gold medalist and training mate Kamila Valieva and American silver medalist Alysa Liu. In an interview with Sports.ru following the event, Usacheva stated that she'd begun training a triple axel and that she hoped to debut the element at the 2020 Russian Junior Figure Skating Championships in February 2020.
Usacheva did not compete again until the 2020 Russian Junior Figure Skating Championships where she won the bronze medal behind training mates Kamila Valieva and Sofia Akatieva. Usacheva executed both of her programs cleanly for the first time in competition all season, and due to her result was named to the Russian team for the 2020 World Junior Championships in March along with Valieva and training mate and fifth-place finisher Maiia Khromykh, as silver medalist Akatieva and fourth-place finisher Sofia Samodelkina were ineligible due to age. Usacheva was the sole skater among the top five to not attempt a triple axel or quadruple jump.
At the 2020 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, Usacheva placed third in the short program behind training partner Kamila Valieva and Lee Hae-in of South Korea after under-rotating the second jump in her triple flip-triple toeloop combination. In the free skate, Usacheva delivered a clean performance for the first time internationally to rise to second place behind Valieva and ahead of American Alysa Liu, setting new personal bests in the free skate and overall. Usacheva and Lee were the only two skaters in the top five to not attempt a triple axel or quadruple jump.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
JGP: Junior Grand Prix
|Denis Ten Memorial||1st J|
|Russian Junior Champ.||10th||3rd|
|Russian Cup||2nd J||1st J|
| Levels: J = Junior |
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Personal bests highlighted in bold.
|2–8 March 2020||2020 World Junior Championships||Junior||3
|4–8 February 2020||2020 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||2
|5–8 December 2019||2019–20 JGP Final||Junior||2
|10–13 October 2019||Denis Ten Memorial Challenge||Junior||1
|25–28 September 2019||2019 JGP Croatia||Junior||1
|4–7 September 2019||2019 JGP Latvia||Junior||1
- "ISU World Standings 2019/2020. Ladies". isu.org. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
- "ISU Season's World Ranking 2019/2020. Ladies". isu.org. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
- , "Usacheva Daria Romanovna", FSkate, November 16, 2019
- "Daria USACHEVA". International Skating Union.
- "Дарья Усачева: "Мой кумир – Алина Загитова. У нее очень сильный характер"" [Daria Usacheva: "My idol is Alina Zagitova. She has a very strong character."]. sport.business-gazeta.ru (in Russian).
- "Интервью призера юниорского финала Гран-при 2019 года Дарьи Усачевой: о медали и группе Тутберидзе!" [Interview with the bronze medalist of the Junior Grand Prix Final of 2019, Daria Usacheva: about the medal and the Tutberidze group!]. sports.ru (in Russian).
- "Kamila Valieva beats Alysa Liu to junior ladies' Grand Prix Final crown". Olympic Channel Services S.L. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
- Slater, Paula (March 6, 2020). "Kamila Valieva front runner at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
- Slater, Paula (March 7, 2020). "Kamila Valieva captures Junior World gold in season debut". Golden Skate.
- "Skating Scores. Daria Usacheva". skatingscores.com. Retrieved February 12, 2020.