Latvian figure skater Deniss Vasiljevs wins Nebelhorn Trophy

Deniss Vasiljevs became the first Latvian to win the Nebelhorn Trophy on Friday in Oberstdorf, Germany. Having started the day in fifth place – the 21-year-old athlete performed a career-best free skate and took the coveted prize. Vasiljevs began his program with a quad salchow and followed up with two triple axels. He kept theContinue reading “Latvian figure skater Deniss Vasiljevs wins Nebelhorn Trophy”

Anna Shcherbakova – behind the scenes at Syzran

Russia’s Channel One (Первый канал) posted a video on YouTube of behind the scenes shots from figure skating’s Cup of Russia in Syzran. The 19-minute long footage follows two-time Russian National Champion, 16-year-old Anna Shcherbakova during the first stage of the season. The video includes clips of Shcherbakova practicing in the mornings of the competition,Continue reading “Anna Shcherbakova – behind the scenes at Syzran”

Update of Alena Kostornaia’s coaching transfer

According to the news agency TASS, in a conversation with the president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, Aleksandr Gorshkov – he revealed that the 2020 European Champion’s Aliona Kostornaia’s transition to Evgeny Plushenko’s academy was not discussed in the Federation’s report meeting. Gorshkov, who has been president of the Federation since June 2010, saysContinue reading “Update of Alena Kostornaia’s coaching transfer”

Megasport Arena to host 2020 Rostelecom Cup

Yesterday the Russian Figure Skating Federation announced that the ISU Grand Prix event Rostelecom Cup will be held in Moscow at the Megasport Arena. The 13,000-seat sports palace opened in 2006 and was the home of the Rostelecom Cup from 2007 to 2012. After a brief stint in a different arena in Moscow, the eventContinue reading “Megasport Arena to host 2020 Rostelecom Cup”

Nathan Chen and Mariah Bell are top performers at ISP Points Challenge

U.S. Figure Skating is hosting a domestic virtual competition this year, called International Selection Pool (ISP) Points Challenge. During this event the top American skaters are debuting their 2020-2021 programs in front of national, international, and ISU-level judges for assignments in future international competitions. Each athlete sends in recordings of their program and gets rankedContinue reading “Nathan Chen and Mariah Bell are top performers at ISP Points Challenge”

War of words continues in Russian figure skating

Overnight the tensions between Eteri Tutberidze’s and Evgeny Plushenko’s camps spilt over again. First a post from Tutberidze of a screenshot that shows Plushenko offering Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova an opportunity to train with him, and later a response from Plushenko’s wife Yana Rudkovskaya in the Russian media about it. The official Team TutberidzeContinue reading “War of words continues in Russian figure skating”

Team Tutberidze maintains dominance with Sofya Akatyeva

Days after Anna Shcherbakova won the ladies’ event at the first stage of the Cup of Russia, another Sambo-70 star – Sofya Akatyeva – followed suit in the junior ladies’ event. Already holding a 16.11-point lead after the short program, the 12-year-old figure skater opened up her free skate program with a triple axel andContinue reading “Team Tutberidze maintains dominance with Sofya Akatyeva”

Russian skater Elena Radionova officially retires

Having last competed at the Russian National Championships in December 2017, former World Championship medalist Elena Radionova officially announced her retirement from competitive skating on Tuesday. Radionova came to prominence in the 2012-2013 season when she made her international junior debut. After winning the Junior Grand Prix Final the young Russian took the silver medalContinue reading “Russian skater Elena Radionova officially retires”