Posts Tagged ‘2007 Russian National Figure Skating Championships’

Domnina and Shabalin capture second national title

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin won their second title, while teammates Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski and Ekaterina Rubleva and Ivan Shefer won the silver and bronze, respectively.

All medalists have earned a spot at the upcoming European Figure Skating Championships.

Domnina and Shabalin opened their powerful routine to Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances with a very good level four dance spin, followed by a solid level four diagonal step sequence, and an…

Griazev edges out Lutai for national title

Andrei Griazev captured his first senior title in the men’s event, while Andrei Lutai won his first senior medal (the silver). Sergei Dobrin won his second consecutive bronze.

All medalists have earned a spot at the upcoming European Figure Skating Championships.

Griazev skated a solid program which included eight good triple jumps – three of which were in combination with other jumps, as well as good spins and a very good…

Doronina catapults to gold at Russian Nationals

Ksenia Doronina, who was 13th last year, rose from fourth place after the short program to win the title. Alexandra Ievleva won the silver, while Elena Sokolova had to settle for bronze.

All medalists have earned a spot at the upcoming European Figure Skating Championships.

Lilia Biktagirova and Yana Smekhnova did not compete. The reasons were not confirmed at the time of this article, however it was suggested by officials that…

Domnina and Shabalin maintain lead at Russian Nationals

The event continued with the OD in which the dance for the 2006-2007 season is the “Tango”. Couples can choose one to three tango rhythms. If two rhythms are used, one can be repeated. Vocals are permitted.

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin were sharp and precise in their routine, earning a level four on all elements. The current national silver medalists produced excellent synchronized twizzles, a midline step sequence, a…

Mukhortova and Trankov take pairs title at Russian Nationals

Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov won their first senior National title in the pairs event, while teammates Julia Obertas and Sergei Slavnov settled for a second consecutive silver medal.

Elena Efaieva and Alexei Menshikov won the bronze. They placed sixth in 2005 and withdrew in 2006 when Efaieva sustained a concussion in a fall during practice.

Yuka Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov withdrew two weeks ago due to Kawaguchi’s ankle injury which…

Lutai leads men in Mytishi

Andrei Lutai appeared relaxed and confident, delivering a solid performance which featured a triple Axel, a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination, a triple loop, and very good spins and footwork. The 20-year-old placed first with 77.20 points.

“I’m pretty happy with my performance,” said Lutai, adding that he may attempt a quad in the long program.

Skating with expression and good character to a Latin medley, Andrei Griazev fell out of the…

Domnina and Shabalin lead at Russian Nationals

The Compulsory Dance (CD) for the event was the Golden Waltz. The dance was invented by Natalia Dubova, Marina Klimova, and Sergei Ponomarenko and was first performed at the 1987 Moscow Cup.

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin delivered a powerful CD, emphasizing holds and displaying good expression to place first with 41.26 points.

Clearly a class apart from the rest of the field, Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski placed second with…

Mukhortova and Trankov lead pairs at Russian Nationals

Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov were very confident and powerful in their routine, reeling off very good side-by-side triple toeloops, a good double twist, a solid throw triple loop, and an excellent lift. The current national bronze medalists were awarded 63.50 points for a first place finish after the short.

“We were very suprised to find ourselves in the lead,” said Trankov. “Before Nationals, we have changed the ending of…

Ievleva leads ladies at Russian Nationals

Skating to a blues medley, Alexandra Ievleva was playful and expressive, landing a triple loop-double toeloop combination, a triple toeloop, and a double Axel out of a twizzle. The 19-year-old also produced a level three straight line footwork sequence, a good layback spin (featuring unusual blade-to-head variations), and a good level four spiral sequence to earn 55.85 points for a first place finish.

Ievleva later commented that she felt she…