Happy New Year!
Here are some results from some National Championships abroad:
(1) Vera BARAZOVA/Yuri LARIONOV
(2) Ksenia STOLBOVA/Fedor KLIMOV
(3) Anastasia MARTIUSHEVA/Sergei ROGONOV
(Volosozhar/Trankov and Kavaguti/Smirnov both received byes to Europeans due to injury.)
(1) Evgeny PLUSHENKO (he’s baaack…)
(2) Artur GACHINSKI
(3) Sergei VORONOV
There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not Plushy can compete at Euros, since there is now a requirement for skaters to earn a certain number of points by participating in international competitions. Russian Nationals was Plushenko’s first competition of the season. An appeal to the ISU was resolved in Plushenko’s favor.
(1) Ekaterina BOBROVA/Dmitri SOLOVIEV
(2) Elena ILINYKH/Nikita KATSALAPOV
(3) Ekaterina RIAZANOVA/Ilia TKACHENKO
(1) Adelina SOTNIKOVA
(2) Julia LIPNITSKAIA
(3) Alena LEONOVA
(Ksenia Makarova finished fourth; Elizaveta Tuktamisheva finished sixth. The fifth and eighth place finishers are only 12 years old!!)
Due to age restrictions, the ladies’ skaters going to Europeans in Sheffield, UK will be Leonova, Ksenia Makarova, and either Polina Korobeynikova (7th) or Sofia Biryukova (9th), depending on visa requirements for Britain.
(1) Daisuke TAKAHASHI
(2) Takahika KOZUKA
(3) Yuzuru HANYU
(1) Mao ASADA
(2) Akiko SUZUKI
(3) Kanako MURAKAMI
(1) Narumi TAKAHASHI/Mervin TRAN (they were the only competitors)
(1) Burina OI/Tayo MIZUTANI
(2) Emi HARAI/Marien DE LA ASUNCION
(3) Anna TAKEI/Yuya YAMADA
(The only other competitors, Reed/Reed, withdrew).
In other international news, Brian Joubert won his 8th French National title, followed by Florent Amodio. Pechelat/Bourzat won dance.
The 2012 European Figure Skating Championships will be held in Sheffield, England from January 23-29. The 2012 US Nationals are at the same time in San Jose, California. 2012 Canadians are January 16-22 in Moncton, New Brunswick. 2012 Four Continents will be February 7-12 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. 2012 Worlds will be in Nice, France from March 26-April 1.