Kvitelashvili leads at Rostelecom Cup after short program

2020 European Championship bronze medalist Morisi Kvitelashvili opened his short program with a quad Salchow-triple toe loop combination and completed a great performance to take the lead of the Russian stage of the ISU Grand Prix series.

From Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny team, the 25-year-old Moscow-born Georgian representative landed a triple axel and a quad toe loop. In his first competition since January, Kvitelashvili earned a total short program score of 99.56 points.

Bronze medalist at last season’s World Junior Championship, 18-year-old Petr Gumennik landed his opening triple axel and then a quad Salchow attempt. Second at last season’s Russian Junior Nationals and third at the Cup of Russia series event in Sochi, Gumennik also landed a triple Lutz-triple loop combination and earned a short program score of 96.26 points to take second place after the first day of the competition.

After withdrawing from both of his ISU Grand Prix series assignments last season, Mikhail Kolyada returned to the big stage at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. The 25-year-old former World and European bronze medalist Kolyada changed his coach to Alexei Mishin in the offseason, after having worked with Valentina Chebotareva since the age of five, and already won the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi as well as the Ice Star competition in Belarus in October. He fell on his opening quad toe loop attempt, which should have been in a combination with a triple toe loop. Kolyada landed a good triple axel and then recovered with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. He earned a total score of 93.34 points and is currently in third position.

Bronze medalist at the Rostelecom Cup last season, 20-year-old Makar Ignatov landed an impressive opening quad loop attempt. The figure skater from St. Petersburg then hung on to a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and landed a good triple axel. Third overall at the Cup of Russia series event two weeks ago, Ignatov received a total short program result of 92.81 points for his performance. He sit in fourth place.

Reigning European and Russian National champion Dmitri Aliev landed an opening triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and then a quad toe loop. Although a slight error on his triple axel attempt, the 21-year-old figure skater received a total short program score of 89.62 points to hold fifth place heading into the free skate.

Silver medalist at both the second and fourth stages of the Cup of Russia series, 2020 World Junior champion Andrei Mozalev landed a clean opening quad flip. A mistake on the toe loop-toe loop combination cost possible points – Mozalev hung on to the landing of the quad toe loop attempt and then rotated once more for a follow up toe loop which was deemed a single. The 17-year-old from St. Petersburg also landed a triple axel and received a short program score of 86.01 points. He is in sixth place.

Winner of the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series in Kazan two weeks ago, Evgeni Semenenko made his international senior level debut at the Rostelecom Cup. Skating to the Russian song Gorod kotorogo net (A Town That Doesn’t Exist), Semenenko began his short program with a shaky quad Salchow attempt and then hung on to a triple axel. He landed a good triple flip-triple toe loop combination as well. The 17-year-old, who is coached by Alexei Mishin, received a total performance result of 83.42 points. He is seventh after the short program.

Former World Junior Championship silver medalist, 20-year-old Roman Savosin made his season’s debut two weeks ago at the Cup of Russia series stage in Kazan. Twelfth overall at his previous ISU Grand Prix series event last year in Las Vegas, Savosin landed his opening quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination to start his second season on the series circuit. He fell on his following quad Salchow attempt and hung on to a triple axel. He received a short program result of 82.35 points and is currently in eighth position.

A representative of Azerbaijan, Moscow-born 19-year-old Vladimir Litvintsev held on to his opening quad toe loop attempt and then landed a triple axel. Ninth at the 2020 European Championship, Litvintsev added a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and received a total short program score of 81.55 points.

A late addition to the event, replacing Alexander Samarin, 17-year-old Ilya Yablokov is another figure skater who made his international senior level debut at this event. He fell on his opening quad toe loop attempt but landed a clean triple axel on the following jumping sequence. Fourth overall at both the third and fourth stages of the Cup of Russia series, Yablokov also landed a good triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination in the back end of the performance. He earned a short program score of 79.15 points.

Winner of the first two stages of the Cup of Russia series this season, 17-year-old Artem Kovalev fell on his first quad Salchow attempt and then managed to hang on to his triple axel try. Representing Angels of Plushenko, the young skater also landed a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and earned a total short program score of 77.67 points.

Fourth overall at the Ice Star competition almost a month ago, Belarussian representative Alexander Lebedev managed not to fall on his opening triple axel attempt and then landed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. The Russian-born 18-year-old barely hung on to his triple Lutz attempt and received a total score of 62.88 points.

Full results:

  1. Morisi Kvitelashvili (Georgia) – 99.56
  2. Petr Gumennik (Russia) – 96.26
  3. Mikhail Kolyada (Russia) – 93.34
  4. Makar Ignatov (Russia) – 92.81
  5. Dmitri Aliev (Russia) – 89.62
  6. Andrei Mozalev (Russia) – 86.01
  7. Evgeni Semenenko (Russia) – 83.42
  8. Roman Savosin (Russia) – 82.35
  9. Vladimir Litvintsev (Azerbaijan) – 81.55
  10. Ilya Yablokov (Russia) – 79.15
  11. Artem Kovalev (Russia) – 77.67
  12. Alexander Lebedev (Belarus) – 62.88

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