Medvedeva questionable for Cup of Russia

Russian news agency TASS reports that two-time World champion Evgenia Medvedeva might miss the second stage of the Cup of Russia series this weekend. Sources close to the situation say that Medvedeva is experiencing back problems, the same reason for which she withdrew from the first stage of the series last month. The second eventContinue reading “Medvedeva questionable for Cup of Russia”

Medvedeva – best known figure skater in St. Petersburg

Russian sports news publication Sports Daily came up with a fun idea to find out who is the most well-known figure skater by regular Russian residents – they went out onto the streets of St. Petersburg and surveyed random people. Their first question was to determine if people know the current standings in the sport:Continue reading “Medvedeva – best known figure skater in St. Petersburg”

Chen and Bell maintain top overall scores in ISP Points Challenge

The video footage and results of the second opportunity performances in U.S. Figure Skating’s ISP Points Challenge have been posted. Even with lower total scores this time, both of Rafael Arutyunyan’s skaters – Nathan Chen and Mariah Bell – have maintained the top positions in the virtual competition. Two-time World champion Chen remains untouchable byContinue reading “Chen and Bell maintain top overall scores in ISP Points Challenge”

Alena Kostornaia does not train with Elena Ilinykh

A day after it was revealed that Alexandra Trusova no longer works with coach Sergei Rozanov, Russian media is buzzing over more coaching arrangements at Evgeny Plushenko’s figure skating academy. According to an article by sports news website Sport Express, Olympic gold medalist Elena Ilinykh no longer works with Alena Kostornaia. This is due toContinue reading “Alena Kostornaia does not train with Elena Ilinykh”

Matteo Rizzo splits with Franca Bianconi

Italian figure skater Matteo Rizzo announced on social media that he will no longer be training with longtime coach Franca Bianconi. 22-year-old Rizzo had been working with Bianconi since he was six years old. With the coach’s guidance, Rizzo has won a gold medal at the 2019 Winter Universiade, a bronze medal at the 2019Continue reading “Matteo Rizzo splits with Franca Bianconi”

Figure skating schools in Moscow – closed

Last week, the Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin announced an extension of the weeklong holiday break for the city’s schools this month. In order to slow down the spread of COVID-19, now schools in one of the world’s largest cities will be closed for two weeks – from October 5 to 18. The enforced closuresContinue reading “Figure skating schools in Moscow – closed”

Arena set to host ISU Grand Prix in France closed to COVID-19

The official website of the arena in Grenoble, set to host the fourth event of the 2020-2021 ISU Grand Prix series, has indicated that the venue has closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in France. The venue – Patinoire Polesud – does not specify how long it will be shut down and it is stillContinue reading “Arena set to host ISU Grand Prix in France closed to COVID-19”

Alexandra Trusova does not train with Sergei Rozanov

Russian news agency TASS was able to acquire information that two-time World Junior figure skating champion Alexandra Trusova no longer trains with Sergei Rozanov. Trusova and Rozanov both left Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny in May for Evgeny Plushenko’s Angels of Plushenko. Now a source from inside the team says that even though there was no conflict,Continue reading “Alexandra Trusova does not train with Sergei Rozanov”

Adelina Sotnikova officially opens figure skating school

Over a month ago, 2014 Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova started her own figure skating school – Sotka School. Today, the former athlete celebrated its official opening. The opening took place at the ice skating rink Morozovo, in Moscow, and was attended by the general director of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, Alexander Kogan.Continue reading “Adelina Sotnikova officially opens figure skating school”

Japan Open results – Team Blue beats Team Red

As many as 1,292 fans were admitted into the 36,500-seat Saitama Super Arena for the all-Japanese version of the Japan Open figure skating competition. Led by the team’s top ladies’ skater Wakaba Higuchi and the team’s top men’s performer Sato Yamamoto, the Blue team defeated the Red team by exactly four points. This year, dueContinue reading “Japan Open results – Team Blue beats Team Red”