Sinitsina & Katsalapov lead after rhythm dance

Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov (Photo by Sergei Bobylev/TASS)

Ice dance kicked off the highly anticipated second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow this weekend. After the rhythm dance, the defending European champions and two-time Russian National champions Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov took a commanding lead with a score in the high eighties.

Sinitsina and Katsalapov performed in their first competition this season, having missed the test skates last month, but displayed no rust. The most-recent World silver medalists received an incredible score of 89.52 points for an effortless, yet technical program.

Russian news agency TASS reports that after the performance, their coach Alexander Zhulin said that the couple might miss the free dance due to Sinitsina’s severe knee pain.

Daughter of former skater and respected coach Nikolai Morozov, Annabelle Morozov and Andrei Bagin opened up the competition with their performance; the fourth place winners at last season’s Russian National Championship skated a clean program with a lot of potential – they scored a well earned 77.03 points.

The battle for the bottom three positions is more intense with three young couples fighting for the bronze medals. Ekaterina Mironova and Evgeny Ustenko did enough to hold on to third position with a total score of 60.42 points after the first program. Another young pair of Sofia Kartashova and Ilia Karpov lacked experience and placed fourth with a rhythm dance score of 51.17 points. Elizaveta Pasechnik and Egor Kolosovsk scored just 40.67 points with three deductions.

Results after rhythm dance:

  1. Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov – 89.52
  2. Annabelle Morozov/Andrei Bagin – 77.03
  3. Ekaterina Mironova/Evgeny Ustenko – 60.42
  4. Sofia Kartashova/Ilia Karpov – 51.17
  5. Elizaveta Pasechnik/Egor Kolosovsk – 40.67

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