Alena Kostornaia has withdrawn from Russian Nationals

Reigning European champion Alena Kostornaia will miss the Russian National Championships this week in Chelyabinsk. Alexander Gorshkov, President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, told Russian news agency TASS that “Kostornaia has not yet had time to recover from her illness and gain the necessary form for the performance.” Earlier this month, the 17-year-oldContinue reading “Alena Kostornaia has withdrawn from Russian Nationals”

Dmitri Aliev will not take part in Russian Nationals

Reigning European and Russian national champion Dmitri Aliev is forced to miss the Russian National Figure Skating Championships, which start December 24 in Chelyabinsk. Alexander Gorshkov, President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, told RIA Novosti that “Dmitri Aliev will not compete; doctors are not allowing him yet.” Aliev’s name was subsequently removed fromContinue reading “Dmitri Aliev will not take part in Russian Nationals”

Ilia Averbukh marries actress Elizaveta Arzamasova

2002 Olympic silver medal winning ice dancer turned choreographer and producer of ice skating shows Ilia Averbukh got married. The 46-year-old married 25-year-old actress Elizaveta Arzamasova. The route has been completed! This is Averbukh’s second marriage. In 1995, he married his partner Irina Lobacheva. Together the couple won a silver medal at the 2002 WinterContinue reading “Ilia Averbukh marries actress Elizaveta Arzamasova”

Alina Zagitova at hockey game

2018 Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova was present at the ice hockey game between Russia and the Czech Republic in Moscow on Saturday. Zagitova appeared on the television broadcast during the second period intermission and spoke about her relationship with hockey. As a reminder, her father – Ilnaz Zagitov – is a former hockey playerContinue reading “Alina Zagitova at hockey game”

Russia banned from Olympics

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) finally made a decision about the case regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which was presented last year. The CAS ruled RUSADA to be non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) in connection with its failure to procure the delivery of theContinue reading “Russia banned from Olympics”

Most tested Russian figure skaters by RUSADA in 2020

Russian news agency TASS obtained information showing the country’s most tested figure skaters in 2020 by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). 2019 European champion Alexander Samarin has been tested three times in the span of eleven months. Dmitri Aliev, Ivan Bukin, Anna Shcherbakova, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Dmitrii Kozlovskii, Daria Pavliuchenko, Alexandra Stepanova, and Tiffany Zagorski haveContinue reading “Most tested Russian figure skaters by RUSADA in 2020”

Sinitsina and Katsalapov withdraw from Russian Nationals

Reigning European and two-time Russian champions Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov have withdrawn from the 2021 Russian National Figure Skating Championships which start on December 24 in Chelyabinsk. TASS reported that Alexander Kogan, the General Director of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, said: “Sinitsina and Katsalapov will miss the Russian Championship, the doctors didContinue reading “Sinitsina and Katsalapov withdraw from Russian Nationals”

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 KihiraContinue reading “A few of this season’s most exciting performances so far”

2020-2021 Japanese National Figure Skating Championships

Yuzuru Hanyu, Rika Kihira, Shoma Uno, and more have been confirmed to take part in the 2020-2021 Japanese National Figure Skating Championships in Nagano from December 25 to 28. In late November, the pairs event was canceled due to the only entry – Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara – facing difficulties traveling to Japan fromContinue reading “2020-2021 Japanese National Figure Skating Championships”

Medvedeva will perform at the exhibition gala at Russian Nationals

Two-time World and European champion Evgenia Medvedeva told Russia’s Channel One in an interview that she will perform at the exhibition gala at the 2021 Russian National Championships in Chelyabinsk on December 27. Medvedeva said: “I will agree to New Year’s shows. This is my motivation to get myself out of a rather serious illness.Continue reading “Medvedeva will perform at the exhibition gala at Russian Nationals”