2013 Russian Nationals

PAIRS (or Vapor (??), according to Google Translator):

1 Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov MSK 228.92 1 1
2 Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov SPB 207.37 2 2
3 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov SPB 195.46 3 3

Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov did not skate; their coach claims that Larionov is having boot problems and could not endanger his partner, according to Wikipedia.

MEN:

1 Evgeny Plushenko SPB 265.94 1 1
2 Sergei Voronov MSK 254.06 2 2
3 Konstantin Menshov SPB 228.88 6 3

Artur Gachinski was fourth.

This is the tenth national title for Plushenko, who is now 30 years old.
According to GoldenSkate:
“I am very happy with my performance, but I had to fight for it,” admitted the 2006 Olympic Champion. “Yesterday, I said that the long program would be much harder and the prediction turned out to be true. My back ached and I had to skate through this pain.”

Golden Skate article

DANCE:

FPl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev MSK 174.72 1 1
2 Elena Ilina / Nikita Katsalapov MSK 171.67 2 2
3 Catherine Ryazanov / Ilia Tkachenko MOB 163.87 5 3

That’s the third consecutive national title for Bobrova/Soloviev.

LADIES:

FPl. Name Nation Points CP PP
1 Elizaveta Tuktamysheva SPG 196.57 1 1
2 Elena Radionova MSK 191.26 3 2
3 Adelina Sotnikova MSK 190.75 2 3

Alena Leonova was seventh; Ksenia Makarova eighth.

Tuktamysheva skated to her first national title in spite of being under the weather. Silver medalist Radionova is only 13, so will not be skating at Europeans. Bronze medalist Sotnikova is a three-time Russian champion, and she and Tuktamysheva are finally old enough to skate at Europeans. Serafima Sakhanovich finished fourth, but she is only 12, so I’m not sure who the third Russian skater at Europeans will be. Julia Lipnitskaia did not skate at Russian Nationals because she is continuing to recover from a concussion that she sustained prior to the Grand Prix final.

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2 responses

  1. My goodness Pluschenko just seems to have been competing for forever. As Tim Goebbel said in his podcast with Jennifer Kirk ‘what does Plushchenko have to skate for or prove? He has won everything there is to win. I don’t understand why he keeps doing it.’ I agree wholeheartedly, enough already. It was eleven years ago he did the “Sex Bomb” exhibition program at 2001 Worlds in Vancouver. Don’t you think its time to say goodbye dasvidaniya . . . .

    • I think the fact that Plushy is still competing has less to do with him and more to do with the Russian Skating Federation. Gachinski won a fluke medal at Worlds in 2011, but hasn’t panned out otherwise. The Federation does not want to risk having only one men’s spot for Sochi. While the Russians have young women skaters all over the place, their men’s field is really weak at this point.

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