Kostornaia leads after short program at Rostelecom Cup

Reigning European champion and winner of last season’s ISU Grand Prix Final, Alena Kostornaia took the lead of the ladies’ event of the Russian stage in this season’s ISU Grand Prix series.

The 17-year-old began her short program with a double axel instead of her signature triple attempt. Now representing Angels of Plushenko, the second place winner at the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series two weeks ago also landed a triple Lutz and a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. Skating to music by Billie Eilish, Kostornaia earned a score of 78.84 points for the performance.

2015 World and European champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva landed her opening triple axel attempt. The 23-year-old figure skater stumbled but held onto her triple flip attempt and then completed a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination. Bronze medalist at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi last month, Tuktamysheva received a score of 74.70 points and is currently second.

Two-time World Junior champion and winner of both Cup of Russia series events that she participated in this season, Alexandra Trusova could not land her triple axel attempt at the beginning of the performance. The jump was downgraded. Trusova landed the following triple flip and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. The 16-year-old athlete received a short program score of 70.81 points and is in third place. She plans to attempt at least three quad jumps in the free skate tomorrow.

A student of Alexei Mishin in St. Petersburg, Anastasiia Guliakova opened her short program performance with a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and then a double axel. She also successfully landed a triple Lutz. The 18-year-old who earned a total result of 70.07 points. She is in fourth position.

Elizaveta Nugumanova made her senior level ISU Grand Prix series debut in Moscow. The 18-year-old from St. Petersburg landed an opening triple Lutz attempt and then completed her signature triple loop-triple loop combination. She also landed a double axel in the back end of the routine. The popular Russian figure skater received a total short program score of 68.47 points and is currently in fifth place.

2019 European champion Sofia Samodurova began her performance with a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and then a double axel. Skating to The Man With the Harmonica, the 18-year-old from St. Petersburg also landed a triple Lutz. She earned a total short program score of 68.01 points. Samodurova is in sixth place.

Winner of the Ice Star competition in Minsk this season, Belarussian representative Viktoriia Safonova began her short program performance with a double axel. The Moscow-born 17-year-old also landed a triple flip and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. Safonova received a score of 64.25 points and is seventh after the short program.

Russian-born Azerbaijani representative Ekaterina Ryabova skated to the song Mambo Italiano. The 17-year-old from Angels of Plushenko opened her short program performance with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and then landed a double axel. She also managed to hang on to a triple flip attempt, and received a score of 58.58 points. She is currently eighth.

Winner of this season’s Nebelhorn Trophy and silver medalist at the Budapest Trophy, Estonian National champion Eva-Lotta Kiibus made her ISU Grand Prix series debut. The 17-year-old landed her opening triple toe loop-triple toe loop combination. Skating to Harry Style’s Sign of the Times, choreographed by Benoit Richaud, Kiibus fell on her triple Lutz but landed her final jump – a double axel. She earned a short program score of 57.88 points and holds ninth position after the first performance.

Born in Latvia but residing in Russia, 16-year-old Georgian representative Alina Urushadze began her short program performance with a triple flip-double toe loop combination and then a double axel. Training at CSKA with Svetlana Sokolovskaya, the young skater held on to a triple loop near the end of the routine and received a total score of 55.86 points for the performance. She completes the top ten.

21-year-old Armenian representative Anastasiya Galustyan opened her short program routine with a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination. The Moscow-born figure skater also landed a triple flip and a double axel. She received a total performance score of 52.06 points.

Two-time Russian National champion Anna Shcherbakova withdrew from the competition in the morning of the event due to pneumonia.

Schedule for the second day of the competition can be found here.

Full results:

  1. Alena Kostornaia (Russia) – 78.84
  2. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (Russia) – 74.70
  3. Alexandra Trusova (Russia) – 70.81
  4. Anastasiia Guliakova (Russia) – 70.07
  5. Elizaveta Nugumanova (Russia) – 68.47
  6. Sofia Samodurova (Russia) – 68.01
  7. Viktoriia Safonova (Belarus) – 64.25
  8. Ekaterina Ryabova (Azerbaijan) – 58.58
  9. Eva-Lotta Kiibus (Estonia) – 57.88
  10. Alina Urushadze (Georgia) – 55.86
  11. Anastasiya Galustyan (Armenia) – 52.06

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