Evgeni Semenenko leads after short program; reigning World champions lead pairs’ and ice dance disciplines at Russian Nationals

Evgeni Semenenko at the 2021 Rostelecom Cup in Sochi on November 26, 2021. (Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images)

The Russian Figure Skating Championships kicked off in Saint Petersburg on Thursday with the men’s, the ice dance, and the pairs’ disciplines – Evgeni Semenenko presented a clean short program and leads a close men’s competition, while the favorites are at the top of the standings in the pairs’ and ice dance events.

Last season’s Russian junior national champion Evgeni Semenenko continues to show that he has a promising future – eighth at the 2021 World Championships, Semenenko began his short program performance with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and then completed a quad Salchow and a triple axel. The 18-year-old Saint Petersburg native received all positive grades of execution and earned the leading score of 98.03 points for his presentation.

2021 Russian national bronze medalist Mark Kondratiuk is another one of the top candidates to represent his nation at the upcoming Olympics – the 18-year-old figure skater started his short program routine with a quad toe loop, later landing a triple axel and a quad Salchow-double toe loop combination. Kondratiuk – who earned Russia a third spot in the men’s discipline for the Olympics at the Nebelhorn Trophy this season – received a score of 97.77 points and is currently second.

A silver medalist at the Russian Championships last season, 21-year-old Makar Ignatov completed a strong short program performance in his hometown and is in contention for a podium spot again. He began his outing with a successful quad loop and then received a negative grade of execution for a non-ideal landing on a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination. He culminated his jumping sequences with a good triple axel. Ignatov received a score of 95.84 points and is in third position.

Three-time Russian national champion Mikhail Kolyada will have to make up a less-than four-point deficit during tomorrow’s free skate event – the 26-year-old started his performance in the short program event with a good quad Salchow-triple toe loop combination and an impressive quad toe loop but then popped an axel attempt. Kolyada earned level four ratings for all of his spins and his step sequence but the missed jump was too costly. He received a score of 94.26 points and is currently in fifth place.

Results after short program:

  1. Evgeni Semenenko – 98.03
  2. Mark Kondratiuk – 97.77
  3. Makar Ignatov – 95.84
  4. Alexey Erokhov – 95.24
  5. Mikhail Kolyada – 94.26
  6. Alexander Samarin – 94.23
  7. Petr Gumennik – 91.04
  8. Andrei Mozalev – 90.98
  9. Artur Danielian – 87.74
  10. Artem Kovalev – 87.14
  11. Gleb Lutfullin – 86.87
  12. Dmitri Aliev – 86.40
  13. Ilya Yablokov – 85.40
  14. Roman Savosin – 82.64
  15. Vladislav Dikidzhi – 82.24
  16. Kirill Sarnovskiy – 80.31
  17. Andrei Anisimov – 65.34
  18. Egor Rukhin – 64.85

Judges’ Scores

Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov at the 2021 Rostelecom Cupin Sochi on November 26, 2021. (Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images)

2019 World Junior and 2021 World champions Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov presented a spectacular short program and hold the lead heading into Saturday’s free skate face-off. Skating to La Esmeralda, Mishina and Galliamov completed a level four triple twist lift, a successful triple flip throw, and well executed side-by-side triple Salchows. The duo received level four ratings and positive grades of execution for every one of their technical elements, earning a big score of 83.74 points.

2020 European champions and team-mates of the leaders, Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii found themselves skating in a difficult position – right after Mishina’s and Galliamov’s strong performance – but put up a massive score of their own. Skating to Swan Lake, they completed the same elements as the leaders and earned high marks on the execution of each as well. After their short program presentation, Boikova and Kozlovskii are second by a fraction of a point – they earned a score of 82.84 points.

Reigning three-time national champions Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov began their routine with side-by-side triple toe loops and a triple twist lift but then committed a costly error on a subsequent lift – which was aborted. Tarasova and Morozov successfully completed the remainder of the program and are in third place, with a score of 78.68 points, after the first day of the competition.

Results after short program:

  1. Anastasia Mishina & Aleksandr Galliamov – 83.74
  2. Aleksandra Boikova & Dmitrii Kozlovskii – 82.84
  3. Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov – 78.68
  4. Iuliia Artemeva & Mikhail Nazarychev – 76.26
  5. Daria Pavliuchenko & Denis Khodykin – 75.40
  6. Yasmina Kadyrova & Ivan Balchenko – 73.77
  7. Karina Akopova & Nikita Rakhmanin – 73.06
  8. Natalia Khabibullina & Ilya Knyazhuk – 71.35
  9. Ekaterina Chikmareva & Matvei Ianchenkov – 68.44
  10. Ekaterina Petushkova & Evgenii Malikov – 67.27
  11. Ekaterina Geinish & Ilya Mironov – 65.78
  12. Anastasia Mukhortova & Dmitry Evgenyev – 59.88

Judges’ Scores

Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov at the 2022 Russian Figure Skating Championships. (Photo by Peter Kovalev/TASS via Getty Images)

Reigning World champions of the ice dance discipline, Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov took a commanding lead of the competition – the two-time national champions presented a strong rhythm dance and are poised and ready to battle for the top places on the international stage in the upcoming major events. Skating to a mixture of You Can Leave Your Hat On by Joe Cocker and Brick House by The Commodores, Sinitsina and Katsalapov received a score of 93.61 points.

Last season’s Russian national champions Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin delivered a tough challenge for the current leaders with a rhythm dance score in the high eighties. Performing their routine to a mixture of Everybody by The Backstreet Boys and Monster by Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber, Stepanova and Bukin earned a score of 88.76 points.

Fresh from their first gold medal performance at the international senior level last month at the Warsaw Cup, Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin are surprisingly setting forth the possibility to be contenders for their country’s Olympic roster. The daughter of coach Eteri Tutberidze and the son of actor Boris Smolkin skated to a combination of Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas and Bom Bidi Bom by Nick Jonas and Nicki Minaj – they received a high rhythm dance score of 83.99 points.

Results after rhythm dance:

  1. Victoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov – 93.61
  2. Alexandra Stepanova & Ivan Bukin – 88.76
  3. Diana Davis & Gleb Smolkin – 83.99
  4. Tiffany Zagorski & Jonathan Guerreiro – 79.36
  5. Annabelle Morozov & Andrei Bagin – 78.02
  6. Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva & Egor Bazin – 77.91
  7. Anastasia Skoptsova & Kirill Aleshin – 75.36
  8. Elizaveta Shanaeva & Devid Naryzhnyy – 74.83
  9. Arina Ushakova & Maxim Nekrasov – 70.27
  10. Elizaveta Pasechnik & Dmitry Blinov – 66.23
  11. Ekaterina Mironova & Evgeni Ustenko – 64.28
  12. Vlada Pavlenina & Aleksnadr Aleksanyan – 61.58
  13. Angelina Lazareva & Maxim Prokofiev – 57.84
  14. Ksenia Ermakova & Vladislav Panteleyev – 44.99

Judges’ Scores

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