Elizaveta Tuktamysheva landed two triple axels and presented two outstanding programs in Moscow for her first ISU Grand Prix series victory since the 2018 Skate Canada.
Former World and European champion Tuktamysheva landed her opening triple axel-double toe loop combination; the 23-year-old figure skater held on to another triple axel, landed a triple Lutz, and a triple flip in the first half of her free skate performance. Skating to Chronicles of a Mischievous Bird, Tuktamysheva landed a double axel-triple toe loop-double toe loop combination, a triple Lutz-double axel combination, and a triple loop in the second part of the routine. After an amazing performance, she received a standing ovation and a total competition score of 223.39 points for the gold medal.
Reigning European and ISU Grand Prix Final champion, 17-year-old Alena Kostornaia landed a double axel to begin her free skate – and has yet to attempt her signature triple axel this season. She hung on to a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination, landed another good double axel, and a triple loop. Skating to a mixture of music by Abel Korzeniowski – Wayward Sisters (from Nocturnal Animals), Dance for Me Wallis (from W.E.), and The Cheek of Night (from Romeo and Juliet), Kostornaia completed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple Lutz in the second half of the performance. Leader after the short program, Kostornaia received a total competition score of 220.78 points and dropped to second place overall.
A student of Alexei Mishin in St. Petersburg, Anastasiia Guliakova landed her opening triple flip-triple toe loop combination. The 18-year-old also completed a triple Lutz, a double axel, and a triple loop. Fifth at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series this season, Guliakova landed a double axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination, a triple loop-double toe loop combination, and a triple flip in the second half of her performance. She earned a total competition score of 199.03 points and placed third overall.
Skating to music from Romeo and Juliet, two-time World Junior champion Alexandra Trusova fell on her opening quad Salchow, on a quad Lutz attempt, and again on a quad toe loop. Trusova landed a double axel-triple toe loop combination and held on to the landing of q quad toe loop-Euler-triple Salchow combination at the halfway point of the performance. After landing a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, she fell on a triple Lutz in the end. Third after the short program, Trusova received six deduction points and earned a total competition score of 198.93 points. She dropped off of the podium positions to fourth place overall.
Known for her artistry, 18-year-old Elizaveta Nugumanova made her senior level Grand Prix series debut at the Russian stage of the series. The figure skater from St. Petersburg skated to Zayn’s and Sia’s Dusk Till Dawn; she held on to the opening triple Lutz but only doubled a subsequent flip attempt. Nugumanova completed a double axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination, landed a triple loop-double toe loop combination, and managed a double axel-triple toe loop combination. She earned a total competition result of 191.52 points and rounded out the top five.
Winner of the Nebelhorn Trophy and silver medalist at the Budapest Trophy this season, Estonian National champion Eva-Lotta Kiibus also made her Grand Prix series debut this weekend. Skating to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff – the free skate program is choreographed by Benoit Richaud; Kiibus started her performance with a double axel-triple toe loop combination. The 17-year-old then struggled on the triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination but completed a triple Lutz, held on to her triple flip attempt, and landed a solid triple Lutz-double toe loop combination. Kiibus received a total competition score of 186.00 points and improved to sixth position overall, having been ninth after the short program.
2019 European champion Sofia Samodurova was in sixth place after the short program. The 18-year-old, coached by Alexei Mishin, began her free skate performance with a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and then a loop. She also landed a triple Salchow and a double axel early in the performance. In the second half of the routine, Samodurova fell on a triple Lutz attempt. Afterwards, she held onto the landing of the double axel-triple toe loop combination but popped a flip attempt. She received a total competition score of 184.81 points and dropped to seventh place.
Winner of the Ice Star competition in Minsk this season, Belarussian representative Viktoriia Safonova was seventh after the short program. The Moscow-born 17-year-old began her performance with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and then a double axel. Skating to Bolero, Safonova also landed a triple flip and a double axel but popped a Lutz attempt and narrowly avoided falling on a triple loop-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Safonova completed a triple loop-double toe loop combination towards the end of the routine and earned a total competition score of 184.57 points. She dropped to eighth place overall.
Azerbaijani representative Ekaterina Ryabova skated to the song Stop! by Sam Brown. The Russian-born 17-year-old began her free skate performance with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and then a good triple loop. Coached by Alexander Volkov as a member of Angels of Plushenko, Ryabova also landed a triple Salchow, doubled a flip attempt, held on to a double axel-triple toe loop combination. No falls throughout a solid performance earned the experienced figure skater a total competition score of 167.85 points. She placed ninth overall.
Georgian representative Alina Urushadze began her free skate program performance with a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Born in Latvia but residing in Russia, Urushadze doubled a Lutz but successfully completed a double axel-double toe loop combination and held on to a triple loop. The 16-year-old figure skater fell on a triple flip attempt and the again on a triple loop, but held on to her double axel try. She earned a total competition score of 150.68 points and rounded out the top ten.
21-year-old Armenian representative Anastasiya Galustyan was eleventh after the short program with a total performance score of 52.06 points. The Moscow-born figure skater was scheduled to begin the free skate performances; however, she withdrew due to medical reasons.
Two-time Russian National champion Anna Shcherbakova withdrew from the competition in the morning of the first day of the event due to pneumonia.
- Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (Russia) – 223.39
- Alena Kostornaia (Russia) – 220.78
- Anastasiia Guliakova (Russia) – 199.03
- Alexandra Trusova (Russia) – 198.93
- Elizaveta Nugumanova (Russia) – 191.52
- Eva-Lotta Kiibus (Estonia) – 186.00
- Sofia Samodurova (Russia) – 184.81
- Viktoriia Safonova (Belarus) – 184.57
- Ekaterina Ryabova (Azerbaijan) – 167.85
- Alina Urushadze (Georgia) – 150.68
WD – Anastasiya Galustyan (Armenia) – 11th after short program (52.06 points)