European Figure Skating Championships – cancelled

The International Skating Union (ISU) published a press release announcing the cancellation of the 2021 European Figure Skating Championships, originally scheduled to take part from January 25 to 31 in Zagreb, Croatia. The ISU Council decided to cancel the event because of “the worsening worldwide COVID-19 pandemic situation and the consequent increasing risks for organizersContinue reading “European Figure Skating Championships – cancelled”

Kagiyama and Sakamoto dominate at NHK Trophy; Takahashi completes ice dance debut

Leader of the ladies’ event after the short program, 20-year-old Kaori Sakamoto won her first career ISU Grand Prix series event in Japan. Ahead by almost six points heading into the free skate, Sakamoto opened her second routine with a double axel. Skating to music from The Matrix, the 2018 Four Continents champion landed aContinue reading “Kagiyama and Sakamoto dominate at NHK Trophy; Takahashi completes ice dance debut”

Schedule and participants at NHK Trophy

The final event of this season’s ISU Grand Prix series will take place in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan this weekend. Due to the many changes because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will not feature a pairs’ event. Also, all but one participant are Japanese – the lone non-Japanese figure skater being Young You ofContinue reading “Schedule and participants at NHK Trophy”

Translated interview from Russian media with Elizaveta Nugumanova

Russian sports news outlet Sport24 published an interview with Elizaveta Nugumanova after her performance at the Russian stage of the ISU Grand Prix series. A late addition to the competition following the withdrawal of Evgenia Medvedeva, the 18-year-old from St. Petersburg made her senior level Grand Prix series debut with a top five result. NugumanovaContinue reading “Translated interview from Russian media with Elizaveta Nugumanova”

Tuktamysheva wins Rostelecom Cup

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva landed two triple axels and presented two outstanding programs in Moscow for her first ISU Grand Prix series victory since the 2018 Skate Canada. Former World and European champion Tuktamysheva landed her opening triple axel-double toe loop combination; the 23-year-old figure skater held on to another triple axel, landed a triple Lutz, andContinue reading “Tuktamysheva wins Rostelecom Cup”

Boikova and Kozlovskii win at Rostelecom Cup

2020 European champions and last season’s Russian National Championship gold medalists Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii began their performance with a side-by-side triple Salchow attempt. Skating to music from James Bond, the pair then completed a side-by-side triple toe loop-double toe loop-double toe loop combination, a triple twist lift, and Boikova held on to aContinue reading “Boikova and Kozlovskii win at Rostelecom Cup”

Sinitsina and Katsalapov win Rostelecom Cup

Leaders after the rhythm dance, reigning European champions and silver medalists at the 2019 World Championship, Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov skated to music by Michael Jackson. Performing in their first competition since withdrawing in the middle of their free dance performance at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow this past October,Continue reading “Sinitsina and Katsalapov win Rostelecom Cup”

Kolyada wins Rostelecom Cup

Former World and European Championship bronze medalist Mikhail Kolyada changed his coach to Alexei Mishin this offseason, after having worked with Valentina Chebotareva since the age of five, and already won the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi this season, as well as the Ice Star competition in Belarus in October. Kolyada beganContinue reading “Kolyada wins Rostelecom Cup”

Kostornaia leads after short program at Rostelecom Cup

Reigning European champion and winner of last season’s ISU Grand Prix Final, Alena Kostornaia took the lead of the ladies’ event of the Russian stage in this season’s ISU Grand Prix series. The 17-year-old began her short program with a double axel instead of her signature triple attempt. Now representing Angels of Plushenko, the secondContinue reading “Kostornaia leads after short program at Rostelecom Cup”

Mishina and Galliamov lead Rostelecom Cup after short program

Winners of the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series in Kazan two weeks ago, Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov opened their short program performance with a three twist lift. Skating to music from La Esmeralda, Mishina landed a triple Lutz throw and then held on to her triple Salchow attempt during the side-by-sideContinue reading “Mishina and Galliamov lead Rostelecom Cup after short program”