Posts Tagged ‘2008 Russian National Figure Skating Championships’

Kawaguchi and Smirnov take gold in St. Petersburg

Kawaguchi and Smirnov take gold in St. Petersburg

Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov won the gold medal at their first ever Russian National Championships, while Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov settled for silver. Arina Ushakova and Sergei Karev rose from sixth to third…

Khokhlova and Novitski dominate at Russian Nationals

Khokhlova and Novitski dominate at Russian Nationals

Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski dominated the field throughout the entire event to win their first national title, while Ekaterina Rubleva and Ivan Shefer won their first silver.

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev…

Voronov takes gold at Russian Nationals

Voronov takes gold at Russian Nationals

Sergei Voronov won his first national title after an inspiring long program set to tango music by Astor Piazzolla. The student of Alexei Urmanov opened with a solid quadruple toeloop (which earned him an additional 2.00 bonus from the RFSF)…

Khokhlova and Novitski maintain lead

Khokhlova and Novitski maintain lead

Jana Khokhlova (22) and Sergei Novitski (26) continued to dominate the dance field as they won the Original Dance (OD) with 65.48 (35.08/31.38) points.

The 2007 Russian National silver medalists were flawless and expressive in…

Kawaguchi and Smirnov lead pairs in St. Petersburg

Kawaguchi and Smirnov lead pairs in St. Petersburg

Yuko Kawaguchi (26) and Alexander Smirnov (23) won the Pairs Short Program despite an error in their side-by-side spin which was graded only a level 2 and had negative Grades of Execution (GOE).

The team performed…

Doronina defends Russian National title

Katarina Gerboldt, who stood in sixth after the short, won the ladies free skate, but missed the podium by 0.80 points. The 18-year-old earned 96.76 (46.98/52.28) points for her performance to Scheherezade and 144.64 overall.

The student of Alexei Mishin received two points deduction – one for falling on her second triple and another for finishing behind the music. Nonetheless, the 2007 Golden Spin bronze medalist landed four triple jumps:…

Khokhlova and Novitski lead at Russian Nationals

Khokhlova and Novitski lead at Russian Nationals

The 2008 Russian National Figure Skating Championships, which began today in St. Petersburg, marks the end of an era for Russian figure skating with last season’s retirement of Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov, Elena Sokolova, Viktoria Volchkova, and Ilia Klimkin.

After retiring,…

Doronina leads ladies at Russian Nationals

Doronina leads ladies at Russian Nationals

In the Ladies Short Program, defending champion Ksenia Doronina finally overcame the difficulties which plagued her this season. Doronina was forced to withdraw from the Cup of Russia in November by the Russian Figure Skating Federation (RFSF) due to poor showings at national competitions.

In St. Petersburg,…

Voronov takes lead in St. Petersburg

Voronov takes lead in St. Petersburg

Sergei Voronov currently leads in the men’s field with more than a 10-point advantage after delivering a clean and inspired performance to Piano Concerto #2 by Sergei Rachmaninov. The student of Alexei Urmanov completed a clean quadruple toeloop-double toeloop combination, a triple Axel, and a triple…