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

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

Mikhail Kolyada brings back last season’s free skate program

2018 World bronze medalist and three-time Russian national champion Mikhail Kolyada will bring back last season’s free skate program moving forward – skating to Nureyev, from The White Crow, by Ilan Eshkeri and performed by Lisa Batiashvili. The program is choreographed by Ilia Averbukh. Kolyada’s coach Alexei Mishin told Russia’s Match TV, “When we startedContinue reading “Mikhail Kolyada brings back last season’s free skate program”

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva leads at Finlandia Trophy after short program

At the International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series competition in Finland – the 2021 Finlandia Trophy, Russian figure skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva received a new personal best short program score of 81.53 points and took the lead of the women’s event. The 2015 World champion and 2021 World silver medalist began her performance with a successfulContinue reading “Elizaveta Tuktamysheva leads at Finlandia Trophy after short program”

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva wins first stage of Cup of Russia series

At the first stage of this season’s Cup of Russia series, in Syzran, former World champion and this year’s World silver medalist Elizaveta Tuktamysheva started her campaign to make the 2022 Winter Olympics by winning gold at her first competition of the new season. Following the withdrawal of Alexandra Trusova after the short program, TuktamyshevaContinue reading “Elizaveta Tuktamysheva wins first stage of Cup of Russia series”

Alexandra Trusova performs at Alexei Mishin’s 80th birthday celebration show

Two-time World Junior champion Alexandra Trusova is among some of Evgeni Plushenko’s students to perform at the 80th birthday celebration of Alexei Mishin, in St. Petersburg. Although Mishin’s birthday is on March 8, the exhibition-style show is being held and filmed at the Yubileyny Sports Palace today, March 6. It will air on St. Petersburg’sContinue reading “Alexandra Trusova performs at Alexei Mishin’s 80th birthday celebration show”

Alexei Mishin tested positive for COVID-19

Last week, 79-year-old figure skating coach Alexei Mishin contracted the coronavirus disease. Mishin attended the 2021 Russian National Championships from December 24 to 27 in Chelyabinsk and says he tested positive for COVID-19 in first days of January. The legendary coach told Russian news agency TASS: “I got sick with the coronavirus; my wife gotContinue reading “Alexei Mishin tested positive for COVID-19”