A few of this season’s most exciting performances so far

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone in every walk of life but it started off well – You Young and Yuma Kagiyama were among the gold medalists at the Winter Youth Olympics, Russians took all of the gold medals and won ten of the total twelve medals at the European Championships, Rika Kihira won her second consecutive and Yuzuru Hanyu won his first ever Four Continents Championships, and Kamila Valieva shined at the World Junior Championships.

After the world shut down in mid-March, the season ended and the new one brought in non-traditional style events, opportunities for some underrated figure skaters to perform in international competitions, and interesting results.

Anna Shcherbakova: won both stages of the Cup of Russia series this season and is one of the favorites at the Russian National Championships this month

Anna Shcherbakova (Russia) – free skate at the first stage of the Cup of Russia series

Eva-Lotta Kiibus: won the Nebelhorn Trophy, was second at the Budapest Trophy, and was the highest placed non-Russian skater at the Rostelecom Cup

Eva-Lotta Kiibus (Estonia) – short program at the Budapest Trophy

Nathan Chen: won the ISP Points Challenge, his fourth consecutive Skate America, and the Las Vegas Invitational

Nathan Chen (United States) – short program at Skate America

Alexandra Trusova: won two stages of the Cup of Russia series and landed four quads in the free skate at the fourth stage

Alexandra Trusova (Russia) – free skate at the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series

Kamila Valieva: silver medal at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series and gold medal at the fifth stage

Kamila Valieva (Russia) – short program at the fifth stage of the Cup of Russia series

Daniel Grassl: gold medalist at the Budapest Trophy, winner of two stages of the Italian Grand Prix series, and the Italian national champion for the third consecutive season

Daniel Grassl (Italy) – free skate at the Italian National Championships

Yuma Kagiyama: winner of the NHK Trophy in his debut ISU Grand Prix series event

Yuma Kagiyama (Japan) – short program at the NHK Trophy

Tiffany Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro: winners of the third stage of the Cup of Russia series and silver medalists at the Rostelecom Cup

Tiffany Zagorski / Jonathan Guerreiro (Russia) – rhythm dance at the Rostelecom Cup

Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov: winners of two stages of the Cup of Russia series and silver medalists at the Rostelecom Cup

Anastasia Mishina / Aleksandr Galliamov (Russia) – short program at the fifth stage of the Cup of Russia series

Elizaveta Nugumanova: showed many improvements on the Cup of Russia circuit and placed in the top five at the Rostelecom Cup in her debut ISU Grand Prix series event

Elizaveta Nugumanova (Russia) – free skate at the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series

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