Elizaveta Nugumanova becomes Mercedes-Benz ambassador

18-year-old Russian figure skater Elizaveta Nugumanova became an ambassador of Mercedes-Benz, which she announced on her Instagram account. The athlete from St. Petersburg had a sort of breakout season with a fifth place finish in her debut senior level ISU Grand Prix series event and a career-best sixth place performance at the 2021 Russian NationalContinue reading “Elizaveta Nugumanova becomes Mercedes-Benz ambassador”

ISU Council Meeting decisions regarding figure skating

The International Skating Union (ISU) reported the decisions made in the ISU Council Meeting on March 2, which took place online. The discussions mainly covered the 2020-2021 season’s ISU Event Calendar. The Council confirmed that the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships will go on as scheduled – from March 22 to 28 in Stockholm, Sweden.Continue reading “ISU Council Meeting decisions regarding figure skating”

Gleikhengauz says meeting between Team Tutberidze and Kostornaia happened

Choreographer of Eteri Tutberidze’s team at Sambo-70 Daniil Gleikhengauz revealed to Russian news outlet Sport Express that the coaches of the group had a meeting with Alena Kostornaia about her potential return; however, the decision about her transfer has not been finalized. Gleikhengauz said, “Today we really had a meeting with Alena, the decision willContinue reading “Gleikhengauz says meeting between Team Tutberidze and Kostornaia happened”

RUSADA explains disqualification of Maria Sotskova

On March 3, the Figure Skating Federation of Russia announced a ten-year ban of former Olympic figure skater Maria Sotskova. The following day, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) explained the disqualification in a press release. According to the decision by the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee of the agency, Sotskova in eligible to take part in theContinue reading “RUSADA explains disqualification of Maria Sotskova”

Plushenko and Rudkovskaya speak about Kostornaia transfer

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko told Russian news agency TASS that he is fine with the departure of Alena Kostornaia to her previous coach Eteri Tutberidze. On March 3, rumors of inside sources claiming that 2020 European champion Kostornaia intends to return to Tutberidze’s team arose in the Russian media. Those rumors soon becameContinue reading “Plushenko and Rudkovskaya speak about Kostornaia transfer”

Gleikhengauz responds to Kostornaia transfer news

Amid reports that 2020 European champion Alena Kostornaia has returned to Eteri Tutberidze’s team, coach and choreographer of the group Daniil Gleikhengauz took to his Instagram stories to deny the reports that the transition is already official. On March 3, rumors began circulating that Kostornaia has left Evgeni Plushenko and Sergei Rozanov in order toContinue reading “Gleikhengauz responds to Kostornaia transfer news”

Schedule and participants at the 2021 Challenge Cup

During the last week of February, The Hague – in the Netherlands – will host the international figure skating competition Challenge Cup. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, only the senior events will take place in the competition. Additionally, this year, the Challenge Cup will hold the ice dance event for the first time sinceContinue reading “Schedule and participants at the 2021 Challenge Cup”

Official song of the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships

The official song of the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships – Circles and Squares, by Måns Zelmerlöw and Polina Gagarina – was released on most audio platforms on February 19. Zelmerlöw was the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest with the hit song Heroes, while Gagarina was the runner-up at the same music competition withContinue reading “Official song of the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships”

Schedule and participants at the Cup of Russia Final

From February 27 through March 2, Moscow’s Megasport Sport Palace will be the home of the final of the 2020-2021 Cup of Russia series. This event serves as a qualifying event for the Russian national team to the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships in Sweden. Anna Shcherbakova, Mikhail Kolyada, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, asContinue reading “Schedule and participants at the Cup of Russia Final”

Shcherbakova and Trusova will not participate at Cup of Russia Final

The Figure Skating Federation of Russia released the preliminary list of participants who will take part in the final of the Cup of Russia series next week. Three-time Russian champion Anna Shcherbakova and two-time World Junior champion Alexandra Trusova were not included. This season, the Russian figure skating federation decided to change the selection processContinue reading “Shcherbakova and Trusova will not participate at Cup of Russia Final”