Valieva dominates the first day of the Cup of Russia 5th stage

Kamila Valieva

14-year-old Kamila Valieva landed a triple axel and received three bonus points for spins to earn a total short program score of 86.20 points and took a commanding lead in the fifth and final stage of this season’s Cup of Russia series.

The reigning World Junior champion opened her performance with a triple flip, fully rotated her triple axel attempt, and landed a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. Skating to Storm by Eric Radford, Valieva received a total program component score of 36.96 points and her total result of 86.20 points is the highest score any lady has ever received for a short program performance. The official ISU-recognized world record for the short program is 85.45 points by Alena Kostornaia at last season’s ISU Grand Prix Final.

After positive COVID-19 test results of Kostornaia and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Ksenia Tsibinova took advantage of the opportunity and holds second position after the short program. The skater, training at CSKA, began her performance with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and a double axel. Tsibinova then held on to a triple loop and received a total program score of 67.59 points.

Former student of both Eteri Tutberidze and Evgeni Plushenko, 16-year-old Anastasia Tarakanova is also in position to medal at the event in Moscow. Now coached by Ksenia Ivanova, the Moscow-native began her short program with a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination. A medalist at multiple events on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series throughout the years, Tarakanova ended her performance well, with a double axel and later a triple flip. She earned a total performance score of 64.18 points and is over ten points ahead of fourth place.

Full results after short program

  1. Kamila Valieva – 86.20
  2. Ksenia Tsibinova – 67.59
  3. Anastasia Tarakanova – 64.18
  4. Valeria Kostina – 53.93
  5. Daria Okladnikova – 52.38
  6. Ksenia Okladnikova – 51.77
  7. Daria Parinova – 47.39

Former World Junior champion Alexey Erokhov participated at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series, also in Moscow, and was sixth overall. The 21-year-old opened his short program performance at the fifth stage with a quad Salchow and then landed a triple axel. A former student of Tutberidze at Khrustalny, he completed his short program performance with a triple loop-triple toe loop combination and earned a total program component score of 86.20 points to take the lead.

16-year-old Egor Rukhin landed his opening quad toe loop and then held on to an under-rotate triple axel. Another former member of Tutberidze’s team, Rukhin now trains at CSKA. He landed a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination to end his short program performance and received a total score of 82.04 points. He currently occupies second place.

Bronze medalist at the recent Rostelecom Cup, 18-year-old Petr Gumennik landed his opening quad – a lutz; however, fell on his next triple axel and triple Lutz-double toe loop combination. He received the highest total program component score among the men – 41.00 points – and earned a total performance score of 76.08 points to be third heading into the free skate.

Full results after short program

  1. Alexey Erokhov – 86.20
  2. Egor Rukhin – 82.04
  3. Petr Gumennik – 76.08
  4. Artem Zotov – 72.78
  5. Vladislav Katichev – 65.44

Following the withdrawal of Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii, former World Junior champions Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov became the sole favorite to win the pairs’ event. Skating their impressive short program routine to music from the ballet La Esmeralda, Mishina and Galliamov completed a good triple twist lift, a triple Lutz throw, and received a positive grade of execution for their side-by-side triple Salchow. The couple earned a total performance score of 80.13 points.

Third at the first stage of this season’s Cup of Russia series, Anastasia Balabanova and Aleksei Svyatchenko completed each element and received a total short program score of 64.60 points to get second place after the first day of the competition. Second at the same first stage event, Ksenia Akhantieva and Valerii Kolesov made slight errors and are currently third with a total short program score of 62.71 points.

Full results after short program

  1. Anastasia Mishina / Aleksandr Galliamov – 80.13
  2. Anastasia Balabanova / Aleksei Svyatchenko – 64.60
  3. Ksenia Akhantieva / Valerii Kolesov – 62.71
  4. Diana Mukhametzianova / Ilya Mironov – 58.63
  5. Maria Alkhova / Sergei Bezborodko – 49.43

Winners of the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series and bronze medalists at last month’s Rostelecom Cup, Anastasia Skoptsova and Kirill Aleshin delivered a strong rhythm dance performance. The 2018 World Junior champions who have been fifth at Nationals the last two seasons are looking to improve this year with strong performances so far. They took the lead after the first day of the fifth stage with a total rhythm dance score of 81.81 points.

Sixth at last season’s Nationals, Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko skated to music from the film Burlesque. They earned a total program score of 76.39 and are over twenty points ahead of third place. Currently occupying the bronze medal position are the young couple Sofia Kartashova and Ilya Karpov. They received a total rhythm dance performance result of 55.90 points.

Full results after rhythm dance

  1. Anastasia Skoptsova / Kirill Aleshin – 81.81
  2. Sofia Shevchenko / Igor Eremenko – 76.39
  3. Sofia Kartashova / Ilya Karpov – 55.90
  4. Vladlena Chashnikova / Zakhar Cherezov – 45.29
  5. Aleksandra Trukhina / Ivan Kapustin – 37.56

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