2020-21 Russian Men's figure skating

Tolstoj

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Yay indeed for Vetlugin's first win at a Russian Cup stage :D Pity about today's falls, yesterday's SP was beautiful. I kind of wish he had all Level 4s in his FP too (not worth that much extra but is a real statement of quality in Junior men, especially on the a step sequence), but maybe he has to conserve his energy for those jumps.

Also happy for Zonov, he has a classic aura to him - smooth edges and nice lines, Chebotareva really teaches good basic skating skills!

You don't mean Kirill S do you, Lariko?

(I think it's ok as long as we don't go into specifics on the scores and stuff... and anyway the folks on Ladies thread get away with more...)

I'm so into Chebotareva's packaging, they take their times with the elements, no rush to include the big ones immediately, and rather work on quality of jumps, skating (ballet training i bet too), spins. They have a good choreographer too, cause i remember even Konstantinova and Kolyada old programs were always very unique.
 

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Studio-38 probably keeps their streams archeived in their VK archives
 

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Had a peep at Kutovoi and Mozalev's SP from Panin Memorial. Made my mediocre day just a bit brighter.
Little Andrei landed a beauty of a 3A and got all Level 4s with great GOE! Skating to Apologise is almost forgiveable...
As for slightly bigger Andrei, pity about the 4F but relieved that that his costume has no obvious reference to sadism. In fact it's quite spiffy (I'm partial to jackets). He's also one to hit his levels.
 

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Had a peep at Kutovoi and Mozalev's SP from Panin Memorial. Made my mediocre day just a bit brighter.
Little Andrei landed a beauty of a 3A and got all Level 4s with great GOE! Skating to Apologise is almost forgiveable...
As for slightly bigger Andrei, pity about the 4F but relieved that that his costume has no obvious reference to sadism. In fact it's quite spiffy (I'm partial to jackets). He's also one to hit his levels.
Oh, now you’ve made my day, with Kutovoy landing 3A in competition. Fingers crossed it’s the first of many!
 

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Fairly large post. Google translation, I think we all get the gist 🤷‍♀️ Original links provided...

Cup II SP interviews

Evgeny Semenenko: "I think the debut in the masters was a success"
Evgeny Semenenko leads after the short program at the second stage of the Russian Cup - Rostelecom in Moscow.

- This is the first time I skated in this Megasport arena, such a large skating rink, and even in public. Other starts this season were held without spectators. In St. Petersburg I have already competed in masters, but these competitions are of a completely different level for me. I was a little worried, of course, but in general, I tried to do everything. At this stage there were two small mistakes, but I think the debut was a success.

For me, it doesn't make much difference whether to compete at an adult level or at a junior level, in any case, you have to do your own thing. The main thing is that I have a desire to compete, prove and show what I can do.

I like the program that I skate this season. I myself insisted that they take the music from “Gangster Petersburg”, to which Evgeni Plushenko once performed. I dedicated this program to Zhenya, a student of Alexei Nikolaevich and Tatyana Nikolaevna Mishin. I'm not afraid that Zhenya and I will be compared in this program, since it is set to the same music. As I said, I want to show decent skating and compete with rivals, - commented Evgeny Semenenko.

Artem Kovalev: "At the beginning of the skating I got stuck, and I think this influenced skating and grades"
Artem Kovalev takes second place after the short program at the second stage of the Russian Cup - Rostelecom in Moscow. In Syzran, at the first tournament, Kovalev won and started at Megasport for the second stage in a row:

- I have been fruitfully preparing for this stage. In the first week, we slightly reduced the load, then we began to gain shape. I did a lot of ligaments, skated the program, trained spins, jumps ...

Here, at the beginning of the skate, I squeezed, and I think it influenced skating and grades. I skated a little worse now than in Syzran, but this only means that there is something to work on.

Alexander Samarin: “Until the last moment we were deciding whether I could perform in Moscow”
Alexander Samarin is fourth after the short program at the second stage of the Russian Cup - Rostelecom in Moscow. Sasha missed the previous scheduled start due to injury and until the last moment the question was being decided whether he would be able to perform now:

- Until the last moment, the coaches and I did not know if I could play in Moscow. The first stage in Syzran had to be missed due to injury. Immediately after the test runs, I had "clamps" in my back, and until this week I was treated and recovered. I went on the ice, one might say, 4 days ago, about some two quads in the short program, even one did not have to talk about, I planned to go with triples. It was my initiative to try a quadruple.

Thank you very much to my team, which insisted that I still perform in Moscow, because it is necessary, without it nowhere. Now I am gradually recovering, it is difficult to say anything more concrete about a full recovery, plans. We will see. In any case, we will continue to work, - said Alexander Samarin.

Petr Gumennik: "In this program, the image of the Demon is closer to me, although the coaches and I have not decided yet"

Winner of the Junior World Championship Petr Gumennik takes fifth place after the short program at the second stage of the Russian Cup - Rostelecom in Moscow. After the performance, the athlete commented on his rental:

- In principle, I'm not upset, I skated with pleasure. I did not show everything he could, but it was not a shameful rental, but with a quadruple salchow. I fell on the salchow, because the last two days this jump was not working for me. Other jumps are in place, and I think that the reason for the unsuccessful execution was the mistakes that I want in the free program and will try to fix it.

This program is new for me, it is gradually rolling. But we haven’t fully decided on the images. The coaches see me in the form of the Petrel, and the choreographer we work with believes that this is Lermontov's Demon. The Demon is closer to me personally.

In any case, in order to express ideas and images on the ice, you need to skate the program cleanly. This is not working yet. Everyone knows what the preparation for the season was, but I do not want to blame my shortcomings on this, as well as the fact that I grew up. I think we need to work harder, achieve stability, and then everything will work out, - said Petr Gumennik.

Matvei Vetlugin: "I would rate my short program at a four"

Matvey Vetlugin leads after the short program in the junior men's singles skating competition at the second stage of the Russian Cup - Rostelecom in Moscow. Andrey Anisimov is in the second position, Kirill Sarnovsky is in the third.

After the performance, Matvey Vetlugin assessed his rental as follows:


- I would rate my rental of a short program as a four. In the beginning, I did not feel so confident, I squeezed, so I stumbled at the very beginning of the program. I think it affected the components, the second grade. But, in principle, all the jumps were successful, there were small mistakes, one could get more advantages. Already on the steps and on the last spins, I completely let go of myself, relaxed and skated well, with emotions ...

After the test skates, I had a short break before the Moscow championship, then a little "took a break" - a little bit reduced the training volume. Now there will be cyclical work in a row: there has already been one start, exactly two weeks later, now, the second stage of the National Cup and two weeks later the third stage in Sochi. Work, I think, is enough. You need to keep yourself at the peak so that the entire volume does not disappear, - commented Matvey Vetlugin.

Cup II FP interviews

Artem Kovalev - the winner of the second stage of the Russian Cup, Alexander Samarin won silver, Pyotr Gumennik - bronze


Thanking for the congratulations on the victory, Artem Kovalev commented on his performance at the Moscow start:

- Of course, I was very nervous, although it was the second stage for me. Unfortunately, not everything worked out. There was a slight nerve, but in general, I think I managed it. In the short and free program I had mistakes, and I understand that you cannot lose points on this.

I was pleased that the audience supported me throughout the free skate. These are indescribable sensations that everyone needs to experience! Two victories at the stages of the Russian Cup, of course, do not relax me. I know what to work on. Over new quadruples, sliding, spins, tracks in order to get more points, more pluses ... Work on a quadruple toeloop, because if in the free I can jump a quadruple salchow twice, then in the short I cannot repeat the same jump, thereby I gain less than those people who jump two quads ...

Of course, I'm tired now and after this start you can breathe out a little. But you shouldn't relax. The season is not easy, because at the skates I skated in juniors, and at these starts I compete in seniors. After the skates, I immediately began to prepare a master program. I skated the Moscow championship and that's it - I immediately began to prepare a program for the masters, add a quadruple to the short program and a choreographic steps to the free. Initially, after the skates, we were sure that in the season we would go to the masters, because the juniors are no longer the same, I am 17 years old, we need to move on. Only to be selected for the championship of Russia is already a little childish ...

Did you expect yourself to win two stages of the Russian Cup? As Evgeny Viktorovich (Plushenko - approx.) and Alexander Sergeevich (Volkov - approx.) said: just do your job. Yes, I skated better in training, but I hope I will show my successful skates again ...

Of course, preparation for the season was difficult ... Especially at first, at the training camp in Kislovodsk. Probably, for a month and a half I did not understand how you can skate at all ... Imagine, for me it was an incomprehensible feeling. You seem to know how to skate, but you do an elementary jump - a triple toeloop and you rip off ... I didn't understand why, how ... But when I returned to Moscow, everything gradually recovered.

Quarantine, of course, affected preparation. But during these months I never even had a thought, and if suddenly, what to do? I knew one thing: I needed to train and train. What else? How else? We were all in such conditions, - commented Artem Kovalev.

European Championship medalist Alexander Samarin skated a version of the free program without quads, the athlete did not fully recover from a back injury:

- It was hard to skate. Mixed feelings: there is satisfaction that I have passed exactly, but still the level of triple jumps is somehow awkward ... In any case, thank you all for your support, for the opportunity to speak here, first of all to the doctors who work with me. We will now continue the treatment. I will not say anything about further plans yet, the main thing now is health ...

We have prepared programs for the season. The music for the free, if you remember, was changed at the end of last season, I managed to skate this variation at the tournament in Tallinn. Short is new. After the rentals, we made a new costume so that there would be no associations with the marine theme. But in general, both costumes, both blue and red, were taken from the ensemble of Igor Moiseev, so there can be no questions ...

Now I will be treated. I'm not going to guess anything. We must save ourselves. A more important season is ahead, ”explained Alexander Samarin.

Petr Gumennik won the bronze medal, skating the program with a quadruple salchow and triple axels, not counting the rest of the elements.

- At these competitions I was going to perform two quadruple salchows and two triple axels. But, as I said yesterday, Salchow did not go very well, and the coach and I decided to play it safe, to skate free with one quad. Not everything was calculated, but in principle, the rental was good. I did everything, except for one triple axel. I overdid it a little, added one step for beauty, drove into the side, I had to change the drawing, bend it a little and the jump itself eventually bent ...

For the future, I would like to add emotions, improve gliding, but the main thing is to increase the number of quadruple jumps. In principle, I can do lutz, toeloop and salchow in training, and if you count, then you can do five quads in the program. But it must be rolled in and done. This is what I want to learn ...

And I also have a dream to enter the Faculty of Fundamental Medicine at Moscow State University. I generally want to be a doctor. People always need doctors, I will not be left without work. It is very interesting. My mom is a doctor - a pediatric neurologist. And I also decided to study as a neurologist, and the best university for this is Moscow State University. I became interested in all the faculties that are there, how everything goes, got inspired and decided that I really wanted to do it, but not now. Now figure skating is a priority for me.

The Faculty of Fundant Medicine deals with both science and practice. From the fourth year, I read, students begin to do operations.

You can stay in science. This side attracts me. But I am afraid that a scientist may not be useful, that his development will not be appreciated, and a doctor is always needed, there is always work, people always need help. The profession of a doctor is difficult but interesting. And if you like it, then it's not so difficult. But studying to be a doctor for 8 years. And this is still in perspective. My parents supported me. But they support me in everything, - admitted Peter Gumennik.

The leader after the short program Evgeny Semenenko finished the competition in fourth place:

- At the test skates, the quad toeloop did not work and there was a error on the axel. I did a quadruple Salchow, I think I coped with everything else. After the short program, the gaps were small, everyone could get around the other, the price was one mistake ...

I went to the free program calmly, with a cool head, but as long as I still lack competitive experience, I have to roll and roll programs, everything will come.

I really like the programs. Both are new. Thanks to Nikita Mikhailov ... Never mind, we will continue to work, - said Evgeny Semenenko.

Video interviews of Matvei Vetlugin, Vsevolod Knyazev, Fyodor Zonov, Mark Lukin

Pre Cup III interviews

Rukavitsyn: skater Aliev is preparing for the Russian Cup in Sochi as usual

The skater was forced to undergo examination and treatment in Germany due to increased pain in the lower back, passing into the right hip joint.
“Everything is fine, we are preparing for the stage of the Russian Cup in Sochi as usual,” Rukavitsyn said.

In a big interview with "Sport Day by Day", Honored Coach of Russia Tatyana Mishina raised many different topics: (relevant topics only)
- After the test skates in Moscow, absolutely everyone applauded Misha Kolyada, rejoicing at his return. A little less than three weeks pass, and we learn that at the test skates in St. Petersburg he has a fall, a "butterfly", a step-out and a lag from Andrei Mozalev more than 20 points. How did the coaching staff react to such a difference?
- You have to understand that so far he has inserted only one quadruple jump into the programs - a toeloop. In training, he also jumps Salchow, but all this needs to be combined in programs. At the skates in St. Petersburg, of course, he did not go to the start to lose. But it turned out that way. The saddest thing is when they make a butterfly.

- What is it connected with in the first place: lack of physical fitness or psychological problems?
- Probably, he still has psychological problems. "Butterflies" periodically slip. But he himself understands everything perfectly. Now he is working on two toeloop and two axels. But Salchow is also needed to have at least three quadruple jumps in the free program.

- What happened to Zhenya Semenenko, who was the first after the short program at the Cup stage in Moscow, and in the end became only the fourth?
- Fell on the toeloop (smiles). I was worried, of course, but on the whole I was ready. In St. Petersburg he rolled it cleanly with two quads different, with two axels. After all, he never made a single mistake in training before the stage in Moscow. But nothing. We did not focus on the bad. It was still his first start among adults. He [Alexander] Samarin in general, probably for the first time saw next to him on the ice. And the reviews were positive. We focused more on positive things. We realized that Zhenya is competitive. With [Artem] Kovalev, who won in Moscow, he had competed and beat him before. [Petr] Gumennik is a prize-winner of the junior world championship, he also had certain advantages. The fact that Zhenya competed with them on equal terms is a good result. Further more.

- Will he not perform in Sochi?
- No. After training in Novogorsk, he will return to St. Petersburg. His next stage is in Kazan. This was planned in advance.

- What to expect from Gleb Lutfullin?
- He will not perform in Sochi. He has a back injury and is still recovering. Rapid growth, so he must be allowed to recover so that the problems do not go somewhere far. The guy is capable, talented - he must be given time. In Novogorsk, he skates programs with Tatiana Nikolaevna Prokofieva, does what is possible with back problems. Still working.

-Will he miss the stages of the Russian Cup?
- We hope that we may be ready for Kazan. Skipping a season is very bad. We must look for opportunities to perform.

Post Panin Memorial

Coach Mozalev: "Three quads in a free program is not the limit"

“I don’t like to make hasty conclusions. Andrei and I must carefully analyze the performance. But I can say that such not the most successful skates should also happen sometimes. Despite the fact that the competition was held at our home rink, there were no indulgences. This tournament is the same as everyone else.

We tried a quad flip last year. Andrey made good attempts. He also tried quadruple lutz. After returning to the ice, they rolled both the flip and the lutz, but over time the flip became better, so we decided to skate with him for now. During the quarantine, we did not sit on the couch for two months. Yes, we did not have ice, but there were parks and forests.

So far, Mozalev does a flip with varying success: he does it in some performances, and falls in others. Therefore, this jump is in the stabilization stage. It is clear that he does it in training. Not with the stability that the toeloop, of course. But we are working in this direction.

Three quads in a free program is not the limit. As they say in business: many situations are dictated by the market. Can you see what's going on in men's skating? If some time ago with one quadruple you could be at the top, now with one quadruple, by and large, there is nothing to catch. I am a proponent of progress, so we will not dwell on this content. I'm not talking about this season now. But we are preparing other quads as well. We are moving towards this gradually, step by step. Otherwise, you can overload the program so that the athlete will not take anything out.”

Mozalev: “There was a goal - to perform this season with three quads. We tried different ones, but we decided that the flip would be better "

“I can say that today was a training session before the stages of the Russian Cup. I analyzed the skate with a coach and realized what I was missing. I will work on it.

I have not had such a thing before that I did three quads in one program. You just need to spend a little more energy on such a performance. And so everything is the same. Probably, today I didn't have enough strength.

I had a goal - to perform this season with three quads. I tried different quads, but decided that the flip would be better. I put it in and started skating. It took me about one or two training sessions to start landing it.”
 
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Yay, lots of Russian Mens' news! Thank you RemyRose :D

Side note: Would anyone know what 'ligaments' and 'squeeze' mean, since they appear quite frequently in Google-translated Russian?
I'm also curious to know what Matvei was saying in his video interview, since he won without the greatest skate...
This program is new for me, it is gradually rolling. But we haven’t fully decided on the images. The coaches see me in the form of the Petrel, and the choreographer we work with believes that this is Lermontov's Demon. The Demon is closer to me personally.
You can stay in science. This side attracts me. But I am afraid that a scientist may not be useful, that his development will not be appreciated, and a doctor is always needed, there is always work, people always need help.
As a scientist I say: Come to the dark side, Petr :devil: (But not too soon, maybe after the next Olympics!)
 

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I'm so into Chebotareva's packaging, they take their times with the elements, no rush to include the big ones immediately, and rather work on quality of jumps, skating (ballet training i bet too), spins. They have a good choreographer too, cause i remember even Konstantinova and Kolyada old programs were always very unique.
Chebotareva is best known for Kolyada who she trained from the start, but actually she often takes skaters from the provinces who are a bit behind their peers in Moscow and St. Petersburg and need to catch up. Zonov is on of those, he's been skating with her from 2018-2019. Also when left to her own devices she generally avoids putting unstable jumps into programs. With Kolyada there was a lot of Fed pressure but nobody cares about what Zonov does. As for ballet and dance training it's very stringent in her group and skaters are not allowed to slack off, none of that "I just want to jump" stuff goes with Klyushnichenko (their choreographer).
 
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