European Champions in Action at ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup

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isu.org|21-Nov-2020 13:57

The reigning ISU European Figure Skating Champions in all disciplines Dmitri Aliev (RUS), Alena Kostornaia (RUS), Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS) and Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) as well as World and European medalists lead the lineup at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup from November 20-22, in Moscow (RUS).

Following a decision of the ISU Council due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, the Grand Prix events are primarily domestically run events with domestic skaters and skaters who train in the host country or respective geographical region competing.

Overview over the contenders

ISU European Figure Skating Champion Dmitri Aliev (RUS) faces stiff competition in the Men’s event with 2018 ISU World Figure Skating bronze medalist Mikhail Kolyada (RUS), who returns to competition after missing the past season due to health problems and 2020 ISU European Figure Skating bronze medalist Morisi Kvitelashvili (GEO). 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Champion Andrei Mozalev (RUS) debuts at the senior ISU Grand Prix and is another medal contender. 

The Ladies event features a star-studded field that includes current ISU European Figure Skating Champion Alena Kostornaia (RUS), ISU European Figure Skating bronze medalist and “quad queen” Alexandra Trusova (RUS), ISU European Figure Skating silver medalist Anna Shcherbakova (RUS), 2019 European Figure Skating Champion Sofia Samodurova (RUS) and 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS).

In the Pairs, ISU European Figure Skating Champions Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS) have to expect a challenge from 2019 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final bronze medalists Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov (RUS). ISU World Junior Figure Skating Champions Apollinariia Panfilova/Dmitry Rylov (RUS), ISU World Junior Figure Skating silver medalists Ksenia Akhanteva/Valeri Kolesov (RUS) and ISU World Junior Figure Skating bronze medalists Iuliia Artemeva/Mikhail Nazarychev (RUS) debut at the senior-level ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and want to challenge for the podium.

ISU European Figure Skating Champions Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) lead the Ice Dance competition. Other contenders include Tiffani Zagorski/Jonathan Guerreiro (RUS), Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva/Egor Bazin (RUS), Allison Reed/Saulius Ambruvelicius (LTU) and Alexandra Nazarova/Maxim Nikitin (UKR).

Overall, 60 skaters/couples that represent nine ISU Members compete at Rostelecom Cup.