Figure Skating

Russian figure skater Alena Kostornaia tests positive for COVID-19, out of Cup of Russia

The reigning European and Grand Prix Final champion will miss the final stage of the Cup of Russia this weekend. Fellow Russians Tuktamysheva, Aliev also tested positive this week.

By Nick McCarvel ·

Another Russian figure skater has tested positive for COVID-19.

This time it’s the reigning European and Grand Prix Final champion, Alena Kostornaia, 17, who has been confirmed to have the coronavirus by the Russia Skating Federation.

She will miss the fifth and final stage of the Cup of Russia, a domestic series, this coming weekend. The Russian national championships are set for late this month, 23-27 December.

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Earlier this week, 2015 world champion and recent Rostelecom Cup winner Elizaveta Tuktamysheva was revealed to have tested positive, as has Dmitri Aliev, the reigning Russian men's champion.

Kostornaia finished second behind Tuktamysheva at Rostelecom Cup two weeks ago. In her senior Grand Prix debut season last year, she swept gold at both her assignments before winning at the six-skater Grand Prix Final in Italy.

No detail was provided as to her symptoms, though it was said that Kostornaia tested positive as part of mandatory pre-event testing for the Cup of Russia in Moscow.

In July, Kostornaia left coach Eteri Tutberidze to work with Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko, along with Alexandra Trusova.

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