Hendrickx, Kiibus strongest at Budapest Trophy

This weekend at the Budapest Trophy in Hungary, Loena Hendrickx made a successful return, Eva-Lotta Kiibus medaled in her second consecutive competition, and Alexandra Feigin got on to the podium of an ISU Challenger Series event for the first time. Prior to this week, Belgian figure skater Hendrickx had not competed since March of 2019.Continue reading “Hendrickx, Kiibus strongest at Budapest Trophy”

Shabotova, Brejeva lead the way in junior ladies’ event at Budapest Trophy

Moscow-born Ukrainian figure skater Anastasiia Shabotova won the junior ladies’ event at the Budapest Trophy. The 14-year-old had a three-point lead after the short program and extended it with a solid performance in the free skate. The former Russian representative opened her free skate with a triple axel. A few under-rotations and a singled loopContinue reading “Shabotova, Brejeva lead the way in junior ladies’ event at Budapest Trophy”

Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi receive bye into Nationals

The ice dance couple of 27-year-old Kana Muramoto and 34-year-old Daisuke Takahashi received an exemption from the West Japan Championship, scheduled to start on the last weekend of October, and received a bye into the Japanese National Championship. According to the Japanese Skating Federation, the exemption from having to participate in the qualifying event isContinue reading “Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi receive bye into Nationals”

Daniel Grassl wins at the Budapest Trophy

Italian figure skater Daniel Grassl had no match at the Budapest Trophy in Hungary. The two-time National champion delivered two good programs and earned a total score of 233.04 points to win his first competition of the season. Already with more than ten points ahead of the closest rival after the short program, 18-year-old GrasslContinue reading “Daniel Grassl wins at the Budapest Trophy”

Cup of Russia to have virtual fans

Russia’s Channel One announced on social media that they will be installing screens at venues during upcoming figure skating competitions and fans can virtually support their favorite athletes. Per the television channel’s post, anybody can become a virtual fan, regardless of location – city or country. It is only necessary to upload a video orContinue reading “Cup of Russia to have virtual fans”

Evgeny Plushenko opens up about internal situation

This month, there have been multiple reports in the Russian media about internal conflicts between Alexandra Trusova and Alena Kostornaia at Evgeny Plushenko’s figure skating academy. Sports news website Sport Express was recently able to get an interview with Plushenko and just published an excerpt from it – about keeping the two famed skaters separateContinue reading “Evgeny Plushenko opens up about internal situation”

Sergei Davydov’s interview with Russian media

Russian sports news publication Sport Express published an interview with figure skating coach at CSKA, Sergei Davydov, in which he shared his thoughts about internal competitions within a practice group, athletes choosing training conditions they prefer, and hard work being the key to success above all else. This season, Davydov’s skaters have already been aContinue reading “Sergei Davydov’s interview with Russian media”

Evgenia Medvedeva’s back injury update

Russian news agency TASS reports that two separate sources have informed them that Evgenia Medvedeva has a pinched nerve in her spine. A surgery is not needed at this time. The two-time World champion has been diagnosed with a pinched nerve between two vertebrae in her back. Medvedeva currently does exercise therapy, swims, undergoes physiotherapyContinue reading “Evgenia Medvedeva’s back injury update”

Maria Sotskova’s recent interview, which disappeared from the source

A few days ago, Russian news publication Express Gazette (in Russian – Экспресс газета) published an interview with figure skater Maria Sotskova about her side of the story regarding the reported disqualification for doping. Oddly, the interview soon disappeared from the website and the the link to the article now shows a 404 Error message,Continue reading “Maria Sotskova’s recent interview, which disappeared from the source”

Elizaveta Nugumanova wins at the N. A. Panin Memorial competition

This week, St. Petersburg hosted the annual N. A. Panin-Kolomenkin Memorial competition, in honor of 1908 Olympic gold medal winning figure skater Nikolai Panin. The all-Russian ladies’ event featured ten participants, just one non-Russian representative – Moscow-born Ekaterina Ryabova of Azerbaijan – and was won by 18-year-old Elizaveta Nugumanova. Leader after the short program, St.Continue reading “Elizaveta Nugumanova wins at the N. A. Panin Memorial competition”