Russian figure skaters fly to World Championships

Skaters representing the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (Photo from Instagram account @ermolina.o)

The athletes who will be representing the Figure Skating Federation of Russia at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships finished their training camp in Novogorsk and boarded a charter flight to Stockholm today.

Only the figure skaters, their coaches, doctors, as well as federation officials and Channel One journalists are onboard the Boeing 737 – fifty five individuals in total. It is a private flight operated by Russian flag carrier Aeroflot from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Onboard the charter flight (Video from the Instagram stories of Tiffani Zagorski)

Due to the decision by the Court of Arbitration of Sport at the end of 2020, Russian athletes cannot represent Russia at World Championships and the Olympic Games – that is, compete under the Russian flag or the country’s national anthem – until mid-December 2022. Therefore, Russian figure skaters will compete representing the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSR) and will use an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at awards ceremonies.

The new team gear does not have a Russian flag but contains the traditional red and white colors, and have the logos of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, Channel One, and Rostelecom.

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