Alexei Yagudin and Evgeny Plushenko on Instagram

Two Russian Olympic gold medalists – who were once opponents on the ice – got involved in an entertaining Instagram comment battle. Alexei Yagudin reacted to another round of the conflict between Evgeny Plushenko and Sambo-70 director Renat Laishev by posting a funny video on Instagram. It began after a comment by Laishev about theContinue reading “Alexei Yagudin and Evgeny Plushenko on Instagram”

Carolina Kostner told Italian media not to count out a return

Italian sports publication La Gazzetta dello Sport published a short article about a conversation with 2012 World and five-time European champion Carolina Kostner. The figure skater shared her manta, spoke about her most memorable career experience, and cautiously mentioned future plans. Kostner described ice skating as a form of art. She called it a representationContinue reading “Carolina Kostner told Italian media not to count out a return”

Elizaveta Berestovskaya wins at 2nd stage of the Cup of Russia

Leader after the short program in the junior ladies’ event at the Cup of Russia series, Elizaveta Berestovskaya started her free skate with a quad-double combination – having landed the quad toe loop, she fell on the double toe loop. She, again, fell on a subsequent quad toe loop. Having a double-digit lead over thirdContinue reading “Elizaveta Berestovskaya wins at 2nd stage of the Cup of Russia”

Matvei Vetlugin wins junior event at Cup of Russia

Leader after the short program, Matvei Vetlugin skated to music by Queen. Holding a comfortable lead, the athlete just needed a clean performance to win gold. He opened his free skate with an impressive triple axel but fell on the next triple axel, which should have been in a combination. He also lost his footingContinue reading “Matvei Vetlugin wins junior event at Cup of Russia”

No fans at the third stage of the Cup of Russia

The Figure Skating Federation of Russia has confirmed that there will be no fans in attendance at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi. Scheduled from October 23 to 27, the event will take place at the practice rink next to the Iceberg Skating Palace – which hosted the 2014 WinterContinue reading “No fans at the third stage of the Cup of Russia”

Kamila Valieva after the free skate

At only the age of 14, Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva made her senior level debut this past weekend at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow. Even though she is not old enough to do so at international competitions, Valieva is already competing against the world’s best skaters due toContinue reading “Kamila Valieva after the free skate”

RUSADA resumes tests in figure skating

New information obtained by news agency TASS reveals that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) resumed testing athletes for performance enhancing drugs in mid-June, after over a two month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, and tested multiple figure skating champions. From August to September, the organization tested ten skaters – including World champions Evgenia Medvedeva,Continue reading “RUSADA resumes tests in figure skating”

Alexandra Trusova wins at the second stage of the Cup of Russia

16-year-old Russian figure skating star Alexandra Trusova successfully rebounded in her first competition this season – she started the day third but performed an impressive array of jumps to win the second stage of the Cup of Russia series. Two-time World Junior champion Trusova opened her performance with a quad Lutz, which she nearly fellContinue reading “Alexandra Trusova wins at the second stage of the Cup of Russia”

Artem Kovalev wins at the second stage of the Cup of Russia

Two young skaters led the men’s event from the beginning to the end. Evgeny Semenko entered Sunday with the lead after the short program and then Artem Kovalev delivered a fantastic performance in the free skate to win gold at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow. Winner of the firstContinue reading “Artem Kovalev wins at the second stage of the Cup of Russia”

Sinitsina and Katsalapov withdraw during free dance performance

2020 European champions Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov could not complete their free dance due to an injury at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow. Following their withdrawal from the competition, Annabelle Morozov and Andrei Bagin took the victory. Sinitsina and Katsalapov began their new free dance program as leadersContinue reading “Sinitsina and Katsalapov withdraw during free dance performance”