Russian Elena Radionova stressed that pleased to take part in the World Team Cup, because it interested in the competition, as they wake up the team spirit. 17-year-old figure skater won a vote of fans, defines the third athlete in the national team. The tournament will be held in the American Spokane 22 - 24 April.
- I am very pleased to participate in the World Cup team - leads the "R-Sport" Radionova words. - It is very interesting to play there, because it is completely different competition. It wakes up the team spirit. The team is very strong line-up in Europe. I would like to fight for the victory.
Russian figure skater Yevgeny Medvedeva, Maxim Kovtun Elena Radionova became part of the European team at the World Team Cup in 2016 in the United States. This was reported on the official tournament website.
Earlier, Director General of the Federation of figure skating on skates Russia Alexander Kogan announced performance Yelizaveta Tuktamysheva Russians in the European team, which also included by Russian figure skater Sergei Voronov and sports pair Ksenia Stolbov / Fedor Klimov.
However, on the eve of the World Team Cup the athletes coach Alexei Mishin told Tass that Tuktamysheva will not perform at the tournament due to injury. The World Team Cup will be held April 22-24 at Spokane.
Two reigning world champions and two current U.S. champions — Gracie Gold and Adam Rippon — will headline the three-day team-style event beginning Friday in Spokane, Washington, which serves as an encore of sorts to the grand prix and world championship season, or maybe a chance for those who didn’t do as well as they’d hoped at the world championships earlier this month in Boston to cleanse the palate a little.
However it unfolds, the event figures to be well received. Spokane has done nothing but set attendance records for skating events in the past, including an enduring standard of 158,170 for the U.S. championships in 2010.
It pits three continents — North America, Europe and Asia — against one another in a team-scoring format involving all four skating disciplines: men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dance. Hence the Ryder Cup analogy, enhanced by the presence of non-skating team captains — Kristi Yamaguchi for North America, Christopher Dean for Europe and Shizuka Arakawa for Asia, Olympic gold medalists all.
The participants were selected through a combination of placement in the world rankings and a fan vote, a la American all-star games.
Russian figure skater Elena Radionova likely to go to the USA to participate in the World Team Cup straight to the top of the competition, said athlete coach Inna Goncharenko to the agency "F-Sport".
Radionova won a vote of fans , defines the third athlete in the composition of the European team to participate in the World Team Cup, which will be held in the American Spokane 22-24 April.
"I think we will fly to the United States up against the competition. Arriving in advance is not easy. The only difficulty is that we have obtained the flights from the United States back and forth after the World Cup. This is hard, but nothing, we will try to cope. The composition of the team Europe is very strong, we will try to fight for the victory, "- Goncharenko said by telephone.
She noted that Radionova received great support of fans. "This is a joyous occasion is doubly happy that Lena was held in the composition of the participants on the results of the voting This means that she has a great support of fans why it is doubly pleasant and honorable and responsible at the same time..." - Said Goncharenko .
In addition to Radionova, the European team includes world champion Evgeny Medvedev (Russia), Robert Rodegero (Italy), Maxim Kovtun (Russia), Sergei Voronov (Russia), Michal Brezina (Czech Republic), sporting a pair Ksenia Stolbov / Fedor Klimov (Russia) and Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise (Italy), dance duets Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron (France), Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte (Italy).