On Sunday, January 21, the second Russian Ice Jumping Championship with team competitions came to an end. Despite the entertaining format of the event, the skaters approached it with seriousness, demonstrating their best skills and despite the difficulties, did not give up even after falls.
The captains of the teams were known in advance – Dmitry Kozlovsky for the “blue” and Alexander Galliamov for the “red”. Team compositions were determined in front of the audience. The “blue” team included Margarita Bazilyuk, Sofia Muravyova, Maria Gordeeva, Lev Lazarev, Evgeny Semenenko, Ivan Popov, Ekaterina Chikmaryova – Matvey Yanchenkov, and Dmitry Aliev. The Red team included Adelia Petrosyan, Elena Kostyleva, Ekaterina Koltsova, Arseniy Fedotov, Vladislav Dikidzhi, Petr Gumennik, Elizaveta Osokina – Artyom Gritsyenko and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva was selected.
The competition consisted of five stages, at each of which, except for the first stage, three participants from each team took part. In the first stage the captains and their partners, as well as two more sports pairs performed. They had to perform two twists, two different throws, two cascades of two jumps or one of three. Only one attempt was given for each element.
Boykova and Kozlovsky tried a quadruple ejection, but failed to perform it. Despite the low scores, the Blue team was in the lead due to mistakes by the Red team.
In the second stage, the singles players had to perform two different triple jumps each. Tuktamysheva fell off her lutz and made an error on her flip. Tatiana Tarasova, who was commenting on the competition, was surprised by this turn of events and said she couldn’t even remember the last time she saw Elizaveta fall. The former world champion herself was also a little discouraged.
“It worked better on the show. It’s really exciting. It’s not that it’s a comeback – I think it’s going to be a lot more successful than these attempts. But it’s still cool to be here and feel the competitive adrenaline,” noted Empress.
After the second stage, the Reds were slightly ahead with a score of 76.31 to 75.42.
On the third stage, the contestants had to perform four-turn jumps. Petrosyan did a flip, but missed a tulup, losing to Lazarev.
Alexandra Boikova did not understand why Petrosyan was not given a “tick” on the jump.
“The question is, why didn’t Adelia get a tick?” – Boykova said to Kozlovsky, which was heard on air.
Dmitry Kozlovsky had this to say about the judging at the Russian Jumping Championships.
“The judging, I think, was fair.
I showed that it is necessary to watch the replay of the jump Petrosyan? Specifically to the situation with Adelia – her lunges were right in front of our boxes, and it was obvious that there was an undercurl. And it was put there.
Would I take a shuttle at a competition to see my opponent’s undercurl? I would. Why not? The only question is how long the competition would have lasted then,” said Kozlovsky.
The duel between Semenenko and Gumennik, who have long been competing with each other for the title of the best figure skater in the country, became decisive in the round. Mishin’s pupil won twice in this confrontation at the Russian Championships, but this time the victory in a face-to-face dispute remained with Peter. He performed the Salchow and Rittberger to perfection and beat his opponent by 2.48 points.
“He came out and decided everything like Peter the Great,” commented teammate Galliamov. At the same time, the overall advantage of the Reds remained minimal – only 0.27 points.
At the fourth stage of the team ice skating competition in Russia, it was time to perform cascades. Participants had to present two cascades (or one cascade and one sequence), with the first jumps in each cascade being different and the total number of elements not exceeding three. The beginning of the stage was marked by mutual violation of the rules. First Fedotov performed two axel combinations instead of one, which resulted in a loss of points, and then Muravyova made the same mistakes. It turned out that both teams were not aware of the subtleties of the rules and had to make changes to the set of jumps for the next competitors on the fly.
After the competition, Galliamov explained that their team was unaware of the rule when Arseny made the jumps. He said that they were told that he was given about ten points less and they didn’t understand the reason. So Galliamov turned to the General Director of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, Alexander Ilyich Kogan, for a hint to avoid repeating the mistake.
Elena Kostyleva produced an impressive performance, including a sequences of quadruple salchow, triple tulup and double axel, as well as a cascade of triple lutz – triple tulup – double tulup. However, the highest score in this round was earned by Margarita Bazyliuk, the new Russian champion, who presented a cascade of a quadruple tulup – and two triple tulups. Thus, the Blue team narrowed the points gap with the Red team.
Before the final stage, the Reds held a lead of almost four points. At the final stage, the competitors had to demonstrate cascades or combinations of no more than five jumps. However, Popov and Fedotov made mistakes in this round, and after a great performance by Bazyliuk, Kostyleva took to the ice. She fell from the fourth salchow, receiving only 7.8 points, which automatically decided the winner. Despite what happened, all the participants supported Kostyleva, and Galliamov emphasized that she still has a lot of opportunities ahead of her in the sport.
Elena Kostyleva escaped a serious injury after a fall at the World Jumping Championships.
“After a fall with the handle Lena got by with a bruise.
Thanks to everyone who cheered and worried,” – said the mom of the figure skater on social network.
“There was no examination. Applied ice, elbow bruised. If tomorrow there is a relapse, we will go to the traumatologist,” – quoted Irina Kostyleva TASS.
Thus, the Blue team with Dmitry Kozlovsky at the helm won the competition and received a prize of 5 million rubles, while the Red team took second place, receiving a bonus of 3 million rubles. This victory was a historic one for the FFCCR in team tournaments, and Kozlovsky jokingly noted at the press conference the golden rule: “Whose team is helped by Trankov, loses”.