Mishina and Galliamov win pairs event in Kazan

Former World Junior champions Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov were the leaders after the short program. They opened their free skate performance with two quick triple throws and a side-by-side triple Salchow-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Skating to music by Queen, the pair also landed a side-by-side triple toe loop and completed a technically sound routine. They received a total competition score of 233.09 points and won in their season’s debut.

Two-time European and Russian National champions Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov were third after the short program by less than a point. They began their free skate with a good side-by-side triple Salchow and an impressive triple throw. A few errors here and there in the second half of the routine but a good outing in for first competition of the season earned the couple a total competition score of 227.13 points in Kazan – enough for the silver medal.

2020 European and Russian National champions Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii were second after the short program. Skating to music from James Bond, the pair began their free skate with a side-by-side triple Salchow and then a side-by-side triple toe loop-double toe loop-double toe loop combination. A few jumping errors in the second part of the skate but great musicality earned the pair a total two-day score of 220.30 points. That put them in third place.

Two of the top three pairs – including Mishina & Galliamov and Boikova & Kozlovskii – are coached by Tamara Moskvina, whose husband – former coach and competitor Igor Moskvin – passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Thus, each pair had emotional performances both days.

Silver medalists at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow and fourth after the short program, Yasmina Kadirova and Ivan Balchenko were the only pair other than the three leaders to score in the seventies for their first program. They received a total competition score of 205.07 points to remain the best of the rest.

Fifth after the short program, Karina Akopova and Nikita Rakhmanin had received a score of 179.62 points in the first stage of the Cup of Russia series in Syzran – in Kazan, they were fifth again but with an improved total result of 196.75 points. Bronze medalists in a smaller line-up at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi, Alina Pepleva and Roman Pleshkov also showed improvements from their previous competition, earning a total competition score of 194.10 points – an improvement from 179.66 points last time – and finished the event in sixth position.

New pair Viktoria Vasilieva and Nikita Volodin were eighth after the short program. Vasilieva made her debut as a pairs skater in Kazan, having been on the junior international singles skating level as recently as last season – winning medals at both ISU Junior Grand Prix series assignments and even qualifying for the Final. The 16-year-old, skating with 21-year-old Volodin who already has years of experience in pairs skating, presented a good free skate program with both skaters landing each jump, including a nice synchronized side-by-side triple Salchow and two triple throws which Vasilieva hung on to. The pair received a total debut competition score of 177.14 points and finished in seventh place.

Skating to music from the film Pearl Harbor, Maria Alkhova and Sergei Bezborodko were the first pair to skate their free skate program. They received a total competition result of 163.71 points and placed eighth overall.

Alina Solovieva and Eliksei Ivanov withdrew from the competition after having been seventh in the short program with a score of 64.09 points.

Full results:

  1. Anastasia Mishina / Aleksandr Galliamov – 233.09
  2. Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov – 227.13
  3. Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii – 220.30
  4. Yasmina Kadirova / Ivan Balchenko – 205.07
  5. Karina Akopova / Nikita Rakhmanin – 196.75
  6. Alina Pepleva / Roman Pleshkov – 194.10
  7. Viktoria Vasilieva / Nikita Volodin – 177.14
  8. Maria Alkhova / Sergei Bezborodko – 163.71
    WD – Alina Solovieva / Eliksei Ivanov – 7th after short program (64.09 points)

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