Mikhail Kolyada, who hasn’t competed since March of 2019, took gold in his season debut at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi.
Leader after the short program, Kolyada landed a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination to start his free skate. Next, he landed another quad toe loop. The former World and European champion singled an axel and then managed to land a tight triple axel in the next sequence. Kolyada had more than an eleven-point lead over Andrei Mozalev after the short program, and received a total competition score of 283.44 points.
Kolyada changed his coach to Alexei Mishin before the season, after having worked with Valentina Chebotareva since the age of five, and it proved to be a successful formula.
2020 World Junior champion Mozalev landed his opening quad flip and then held on to a quad toe loop in the next jumping sequence. The 17-year-old from St. Petersburg nailed a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination halfway through the performance, as well as a triple axel-triple toe loop combination. A popped axel towards the end cost him points, but he still earned a total score of 274.44 points and earned a medal. Having been third after the short program, he finished in second place.
Even though there were reports that reigning European champion Dmitri Aliev would only perform simple elements, the 21-year-old opened his free skate with a quad Lutz. After a triple toe loop, he singled an axel but completed a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow. A triple axel-single toe loop left a bunch of points off the scorecards, but Aliev presented an artistic performance that gained a bunch of points for program components, in his return to the ice after an injury. He received a total score of 250.71 points and finished the competition in third position..
Ilya Yablokov was fourth after the short program. Skating to music from Notre Dame de Paris, the 17-year-old started his performance with a quad toe loop. Already holding a twenty-point lead over fifth place before the free skate, Yablokov delivered a great program with every jump landed – a slight mistake on a triple axel midway through the routine – and good artistry. He received a total competition score of 236.77 points.
Artem Lezheev opened his free skate with a triple axel-double toe loop combination, followed by a triple Salchow. The 14-year-old landed all of his jumps, though doubling a loop attempt in the second half of the routine, and added a cartwheel at the very end. He received a total competition score of 214.59 points and finished in fifth place.
Sixth after the short program, Maxim Vakarin began his routine with a triple Salchow-triple toe loop combination. He managed to stay upright on a tight triple Lutz landing but fell on the second jump of his late triple flip-triple toe loop combination. Vakarin earn a total score of 182.87 points.
Vladislav Katichev, who was seventh after the short program, began his fee skate with a single axel and fell on the next triple axel attempt. The young skater had a tough outing – also doubling a Lutz in a combination and doubling a loop towards the end of the performance, as well as falling on another triple axel and on a triple Lutz. He earned a total score of 135.50 points.
- Mikhail Kolyada – 283.44
- Andrei Mozalev – 274.44
- Dmitri Aliev – 250.71
- Ilya Yablokov – 236.77
- Artem Lezheev – 214.59
- Maxim Vakarin – 182.87
- Vladislav Katichev – 135.50