Alena Kostornaia turns 18

Russian figure skater Alena Kostornaia turns 18 years old today. The Moscow native recently returned to the group of Eteri Tutberidze, after about a season with Evgeni Plushenko, and will be preparing for the 2022 Winter Olympics at the Sambo-70 club – Kostornaia was the 2020 European champion and the 2019-2020 International Skating Union (ISU)Continue reading “Alena Kostornaia turns 18”

Alena Kostornaia accepted to Eteri Tutberidze’s team

It’s finally official – 2020 European champion and 2019-2020 ISU Grand Prix series winner Alena Kostornaia has been accepted to return to Khrustalny by coach Eteri Tutberidze. This was reported on the Russian news show Vremya (English: Time) on Channel One. Kostornaia stated that the training process with Evgeni Plushenko simply did not work out.Continue reading “Alena Kostornaia accepted to Eteri Tutberidze’s team”

Photo of Kostornaia at Khrustalny

A photo of Alena Kostornaia at the Khrustalny ice skating rink was posted by Miroslava Lebedeva on her Instagram stories. Originally uploaded with the phrase “Glad to see you” in Russian, the image was taken down and then reposted without the words. Along with a few other skaters from Angels of Plushenko, Kostornaia was supposedContinue reading “Photo of Kostornaia at Khrustalny”

Sambo-70 director says the club cannot solve Kostornaia’s financial issues

General Director of the Sports and Education Center Sambo-70 Renat Laishev told Russian news agency TASS that the institution cannot financially interfere in the financial issues regarding the return of Alena Kostornaia to Eteri Tutberidze’s group. Earlier on Friday, wife of Evgeni Plushenko and co-owner of Angels of Plushenko Yana Rudkovskaya informed sports news publicationContinue reading “Sambo-70 director says the club cannot solve Kostornaia’s financial issues”

Rudkovskaya speaks about Kostornaia’s contract with Angels of Plushenko

In a conversation with Russian sports news publication Sport Express, well-known producer and co-owner of Angels of Plushenko Yana Rudkovskaya spoke about the nuances of Alena Kostornaia’s contractual obligations. Rudkovskaya informed the publication that because Kostornaia is 17 years old, and thus a minor, her mother signed a contract on behalf of her with AngelsContinue reading “Rudkovskaya speaks about Kostornaia’s contract with Angels of Plushenko”

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”

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 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”

Alena Kostornaia has recovered from illness and is training

In early December, Alena Kostornaia tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to miss the fifth stage of the Cup of Russia series and later the Russian National Championships. Two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of Kostornaia’s coaches Evgeni Plushenko told Russian sports news outlet Sport24 that “Sasha Trusova and Alena Kostornaia are doing well.Continue reading “Alena Kostornaia has recovered from illness and is training”