Kamila Valieva breaks more world records, Morisi Kvitelashvili wins first ISU Grand Prix Series gold medal in Russia

During the sixth, and final, stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Series in Russia – the 2021 Rostelecom Cup – world records were shattered, a first time winner was found in the men’s event, and reigning world champions dominantly secured their places at next month’s ISU Grand Prix Final in Japan.Continue reading “Kamila Valieva breaks more world records, Morisi Kvitelashvili wins first ISU Grand Prix Series gold medal in Russia”

Schedule and starting order for the 2021 Rostelecom Cup

This weekend, the sixth, and final, stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Series – the 2021 Rostelecom Cup – takes place in Sochi, Russia at the Iceberg Skating Palace – the venue of the figure skating events at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The winners of last season’s Rostelecom Cup – whichContinue reading “Schedule and starting order for the 2021 Rostelecom Cup”

Yuzuru Hanyu withdraws from Rostelecom Cup

The Japan Skating Federation has announced that two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World champion Yuzuru Hanyu will miss the Rostelecom Cup – the Russian stage of the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series. Hanyu was previously expected to participate at the NHK Trophy in Japan last week but was forced to withdraw dueContinue reading “Yuzuru Hanyu withdraws from Rostelecom Cup”

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”