Anna Shcherbakova becomes World champion as Russian ladies sweep podium

Just two days before her seventeenth birthday, three-time Russian national champion Anna Shcherbakova ended the tough 2020-2021 figure skating season with the ultimate victory – a World title. Leader after a clean short program performance on Wednesday, Shcherbakova was the final lady to step onto the ice on Friday for the free skate and aContinue reading “Anna Shcherbakova becomes World champion as Russian ladies sweep podium”

Anna Shcherbakova leads at Worlds after short program

The 2021 World Figure Skating Championships began in Stockholm this week and the first competitions got underway today. A highly anticipated ladies’ short program event opened the competition with a very strong and competitive field of athletes. Leader heading into the free skate is Anna Shcherbakova. Three-time Russian national champion Shcherbakova is among the favoritesContinue reading “Anna Shcherbakova leads at Worlds after short program”

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”

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”

Kamila Valieva lands quad Salchow in practice

The official Instagram account of Eteri Tutberidze’s team uploaded a video of 14-year-old Kamila Valieva landing a quad Salchow during practice today. Valieva is the 2020 World Junior champion and the 2019-2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix series champion. Due to the cancelation of all major international junior competitions this season, the big favorite at nextContinue reading “Kamila Valieva lands quad Salchow in practice”

Tutberidze receives award “for contributions to Russian figure skating”

Following the victory of her student Kamila Valieva at the fifth stage of the Cup of Russia series, Eteri Tutberidze received an award “for contributions to Russian figure skating.” The award was given to the coach by Alexander Gorshkov, the President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, during the award ceremony of the ladies’Continue reading “Tutberidze receives award “for contributions to Russian figure skating””

Valieva dominates the first day of the Cup of Russia 5th stage

14-year-old Kamila Valieva landed a triple axel and received three bonus points for spins to earn a total short program score of 86.20 points and took a commanding lead in the fifth and final stage of this season’s Cup of Russia series. The reigning World Junior champion opened her performance with a triple flip, fullyContinue reading “Valieva dominates the first day of the Cup of Russia 5th stage”