Figure Skating

Trusova impresses as Medvedeva unveils innovative free program at Russian Test Skates

Alena Kostornaia skips second day in Moscow with Mikhail Kolyada impressing on his return to action after missing 2019-20 season.

By Olympic Channel ·

Alexandra Trusova impressed on the second day of the Russian Test Skates in Moscow.

Meanwhile, PyeongChang 2018 figure skating silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva unveiled an imaginative and innovative routine which delighted her fans inside the Megasport Arena.

Last season's top performer, Alena Kostornaia, elected to skip the exhibition having decided that her free program - being choreographed remotely by Shae-Lynn Bourne - was not yet ready to perform in public.

Just five women took to the ice for the free skate on Sunday (13 September) with a fever forcing Sofia Samodurova to join Kostornaia on the sidelines.

Trusova growing into new routine

Skating to O Verona, Trusova - who has visibly grown in height in recent months - fell on her opening quad Lutz and had a hand down on a quad toe loop.

She skated very well apart from that, with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination the pick of her jumping elements.

And where previously the 16-year-old had been all about jumping, there are already signs that new coach Evgeni Plushenko is having an influence with some mature musical interpretation particularly in the middle section of the routine.

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Reigning Russian champion Anna Shcherbakova, the only member of the '3A' still with coach Eteri Tutberidze after Trusova and Kostornaia joined Plushenko, was solid rather than spectacular in her routine to Panu Aaltio's Forgiveness.

The Grand Prix Final runner-up was another to fall on her opening jump, a quad Lutz, and chose not to attempt any more quads in her skate.

Medvedeva was last to skate and did not disappoint the crowd despite being less than foot-perfect on the ice.

Performing to Cirque du Soleil's Alegria, the 20-year-old demonstrated a departure from her choreography in the past, although an attempted cartwheel certainly did not go according to plan.

Another former world champion, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, also showed signs of rust in her free skate to Bhina Yunusov's The Song of the Bird.

At 23, Tuktamysheva was the veteran of the field and fell on her trademark triple Axel before

World junior champion Kamila Valieva danced to Ravel's Bolero, the music famously used by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean when they won ice dance Olympic gold at Sarajevo 1984.

The 14-year-old, who remains ineligible for senior competitions, had a big fall on her opening quad toe loop but did land a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination in a routine which was technically sound but lacked the excitement of some of the other performers.

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Kolyada comes to the party in men's event

Mikhail Kolyada missed all of the 2019 season with sinusitis but showed he is going to be one to watch on his return to competition.

The 25-year-old, a team silver medallist at PyeongChang 2018 and World Championship bronze medallist, had a clean short program yesterday and skated superbly again today to Nureyev by Lisa Batiashvili from the film The White Crow.

He opened with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and, apart from a hand down on a triple Axel, this was a spectacular performance from the man from Saint Petersburg.

Despite his stony expression, coach Alexei Mishin would have been delighted with his charge's performance which prompted a standing ovation from the crowd.

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World junior champion Andrei Mozalev had a fine skate as he embarks on his first season in the senior ranks.

Performing to 'The Man With The Harmonica' by Apollo 440, the 17-year-old was largely clean with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a quad toe loop and a triple Axel the highlights.

With more quads in the pipeline for the Lausanne YOG 2020 silver medallist, he could be set for big things this term.

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It was not such a good day for Makar Ignatov who was third at last year's Rostelecom Cup after winning the Nebelhorn Trophy.

The 20-year-old fell on his opening quad loop and struggled from thereon.

He was seen holding his lower back afterwards and appeared to be in some pain.

Alexander Samarin had a tough act to follow coming immediately after Kolyada.

His jumping was a little below-par in his free skate to Jonathan Roy's Keeping Me Alive although he did well to recover from a fall on his opening quad flip attempt.

World junior bronze medallist Petr Gumennik had just the one quad - an opening quad Salchow - in his skate to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera.

There was also a clean triple Axel in a sound routine which bodes well for the coming season.

European pairs champions Alexandra Boikova and Dmitri Kozlovski also impressed with their free skate to the James Bond theme tune.