Kolyada wins Rostelecom Cup

Former World and European Championship bronze medalist Mikhail Kolyada changed his coach to Alexei Mishin this offseason, after having worked with Valentina Chebotareva since the age of five, and already won the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi this season, as well as the Ice Star competition in Belarus in October.

Kolyada began his free skate performance at the Russian stage of the ISU Grand Prix series with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and then landed another good quad toe loop. The 25-year-old popped an axel attempt but then landed a triple Lutz-Euler-double Salchow combination, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, a triple axel, and a triple loop. Third after the short program, he received 281.89 points and won the 2020 Rostelecom Cup.

2020 European Championship bronze medalist Morisi Kvitelashvili opened his free skate performance with a quad Salchow-triple toe loop combination and a triple axel. From Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny team, the 25-year-old Moscow-born Georgian representative landed a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination and a triple loop but fell on a late quad toe loop attempt. Leader after the short program, Kvitelashvili also landed a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination and a triple flip. He earned a total competition score of 275.80 points and won the silver medal.

Bronze medalist at last season’s World Junior Championship, 18-year-old Petr Gumennik landed his opening quad Salchow-double toe loop-double loop combination. He then landed a triple axel but stumbled afterwards. Gumennik fell on a quad Salchow attempt but landed a triple Salchow, held on to a triple axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple Lutz-triple loop combination, and a triple flip. The figure skater from St. Petersburg earned a total competition score of 268.47 points in his first ever senior level ISU Grand Prix series event and placed third in the competition.

Sixth after the short program, 2020 World Junior champion Andrei Mozalev doubled his opening flip attempt. Skating to The Man With the Harmonica, the 17-year-old from St. Petersburg recovered by landing a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination, a triple loop, and a quad toe loop. Silver medalist at both the second and fourth stages of the Cup of Russia series this season, Mozalev also landed a triple axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel, and held on to a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination. He received a total competition score of 266.69 points and improved to fourth position.

Reigning European and Russian National champion Dmitri Aliev landed his opening quad Lutz and quad toe loop attempts. The 21-year-old also landed a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination and managed to stay upright on the triple axel try. In the second half of the routine, Aliev landed a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, hung on to a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and landed a triple loop. He received a total competition score of 265.11 points and placed fifth overall.

Winner of the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series in Kazan two weeks ago, Evgeni Semenenko performed his free skate routine to music from Notre Dame de Paris. The 17-year-old from Alexei Mishin’s team in St. Petersburg landed his opening quad toe loop attempt and then a quad Salchow in the jumping sequence afterwards. Semenenko held on to a triple axel-triple toe loop combination, landed a triple loop, a triple axel, a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple loop-double axel combination. A mistake on a spin in the back end of the performance cost grade of execution points but a solid performance overall earned the figure skater a total score of 260.78 points. He improved to sixth.

Bronze medalist at the Rostelecom Cup last season, Makar Ignatov was fourth after the short program. He began his free skate performance with a quad loop. Skating to the French song Je suis malade, Ignatov landed a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and then another quad toe loop attempt. He also landed a triple axel-triple toe loop combination, popped a flip, but recovered with a triple flip and triple loop. The six-foot tall 20-year-old received a total competition score of 260.78 points and dropped to seventh place.

Former World Junior Championship silver medalist, Roman Savosin began his free skate performance with a quad toe loop and then a quad Salchow-triple toe loop combination. The 20-year-old fell on another quad Salchow attempt early in the routine but held on to the next triple axel. He also completed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. Eighth after the short program, Savosin earned a total competition score of 250.07 points.

A late addition to the event after Alexander Samarin withdrew last week, 17-year-old Ilya Yablokov made his international senior level debut in Moscow. Skating to music from Notre Dame de Paris, Yablokov landed his opening quad toe loop-double toe loop combination, a triple loop, and held on to another quad toe loop attempt. He also landed a triple axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel attempt, somewhat completed a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and landed a triple flip towards the end of the free skate program. Tenth after the short program, Yablokov received a total competition score of 242.52 points and improved to ninth position.

19-year-old Azerbaijani representative Vladimir Litvintsev was ninth after the short program. Skating to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, the Moscow-born figure skater landed his opening quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and then another quad toe loop attempt. Litvintsev fell on a triple axel but completed the following triple axel-double toe loop combination. In the second part of the routine, he stumbled on the step sequence but landed the triple Lutz, a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple loop. He earned a total competition result of 239.79 points and remained in the top ten.

Winner of the opening two stages of this season’s Cup of Russia series, 17-year-old Artem Kovalev was eleventh after the short program. Skating to music by Queen, the Angels of Plushenko representative fell on his first three jumping sequences – two repeated quad Salchow attempts and on a triple axel. Kovalev landed a triple loop, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, a triple flip, and then held on to a triple Lutz in the second part of the routine. He received a total two-day score of 212.50 points.

18-year-old Belarussian representative Alexander Lebedev fell on his opening triple axel but landed the next triple loop, triple Lutz-double toe loop combination, and double axel. Skating to music from Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the Russian-born figure skater lost balance on a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and passed up on an entire jumping sequence in the second half of the performance but landed a triple flip at the end. He received a total competition score of 182.30 points.

Full results:

  1. Mikhail Kolyada (Russia) – 281.89
  2. Morisi Kvitelashvili (Georgia) – 275.80
  3. Petr Gumennik (Russia) – 268.47
  4. Andrei Mozalev (Russia) – 266.69
  5. Dmitri Aliev (Russia) – 265.11
  6. Evgeni Semenenko (Russia) – 260.78
  7. Makar Ignatov (Russia) – 260.78
  8. Roman Savosin (Russia) – 250.07
  9. Ilya Yablokov (Russia) – 242.52
  10. Vladimir Litvintsev (Azerbaijan) – 239.79
  11. Artem Kovalev (Russia) – 212.50
  12. Alexander Lebedev (Belarus) – 182.30

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