Khudaiberdieva and Bazin lead after rhythm dance at Cup of Russia

Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Egor Bazin at the 2021 Channel One Trophy. (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov/TASS via Getty Images)

Last season, the Cup of Russia series was perhaps the highest-level and most anticipated competition in figure skating – this week, another season of the series began in Syzran with both the junior and senior ice dance disciplines performing on the first day.

The second-year duo of Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Egor Bazin are the top-rated participants in the senior ice dance event and proved that with a solid rhythm dance performance. Winners of the first stage of the series last year, Khudaiberdieva and Bazin presented their performance to a mixture of Come Together by Gary Clark Jr and It’s Raining Men by Geri Halliwell. They received a score of 78.24 points.

Last season, Khudaiberdieva and Bazin won the first stage and were second at the third stage. The ice dancers also placed fourth at the Rostelecom Cup, fifth at the Russian National Championships, and were on the winning team at the Channel One Trophy.

The 18-year-old Khudaiberdieva and 26-year-old Bazin hold about a seventeen-point advantage over the two young ice dance couples of Angelina Lazareva and Maksim Prokofiev in second place and Ksenia Ermakova and Vladislav Panteleev in third place. Both of the later ice dance teams previously participated on the junior circuit.

Results after rhythm dance

  1. Elizaveta KHUDAIBERDIEVA / Egor BAZIN – 78.24
  2. Angelina LAZAREVA / Maksim PROKOFIEV – 61.35
  3. Ksenia ERMAKOVA / Vladislav PANTELEEV – 43.71

Judges’ Scores

Junior ice dance, after rhythm dance

  1. Olga MAMCHENKOVA / Mark VOLKOV – 67.71
  2. Alisa OVSYANKINA / Matvey SAMOKHIN – 59.34
  3. Anna SCHERBAKOVA / Egor GONCHAROV – 57.54
  4. Taisiya LINCHEVSKAYA / Timur BABAEV-SMIRNOV – 56.60
  5. Anna KOLOMENSKAYA / Artyom FROLOV – 50.68
  6. Arina GORSHENINA / Ilya MAKAROV – 46.96
  7. Irina SKOPINA / Bogdan PUPPIES – 41.04
  8. Maria Nekhaeva / Fyodor SANIN – 40.09
  9. Yana MATVEYSHINA / Timofey SUBBOTIN – 38.30
  10. Varvara SNETKOVA / Vladislav DAVYDOV – 37.33
  11. Daria BOBROVA / Egor BOLDYREV – 31.67

Judges’ Score

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