The Grand Prix Series in figure skating starts on October 20 in Moscow in the arena "Megasport". It is considered that from this moment the real season begins. Now is not the time to change anything - you can only hone what you have gained. Many of those who will fight for gold at the Olympics in Pyeongchang in February will come to the Moscow ice. In any case, two main contenders will perform in single skating. With the Olympic programs.
Everybody knows about Evgenia Medvedeva. It, unlike others, can afford to change even the Olympic programs, and this will not affect the assessments of the two-time world champion in any way. The only time in her adult career, she suffered a tournament defeat at the Russian Grand Prix - 2015. Then she was beaten by Elena Radionova . Unfortunately, Radionova has not made progress in her skating since that time, including for natural reasons (the little girl turned into a posh girl).
By and large, for Elena Radionova the Moscow stage will be decisive for the whole season. Depending on how she performs at the Rostelecom Cup, she will or will see the third candidate for the Olympic tour in the women's national team of Russia, or finally put an end.
Yes, the season is just beginning, and formally everything will be decided at the December championship of Russia in St. Petersburg, but the unsuccessful performance will then be difficult to level out by other competitions.
Salt Lake City’s Nathan Chen’s technique trumped Yuzuru Hanyu’s superiority in program components to win the men’s event at the Rostelecom Cup, the first leg of this year’s six Grand Prix figure skating competitions.
Chen, the US national champion, reeled off four quads including a spectacular opening quad Lutz-triple toe opening combination and a quad-double-double cascade in the second half of the free skate Saturday. Hanyu did three quads, but won the free skate segment with a six-point advantage on components.
However, Chen was far ahead after Friday’s short program and 2014 Olympic gold medalist Hanyu’s win in the free skate wasn’t enough to knock him out of first place.
“The beginning half of my program, I was really happy with. The quads I did relatively well ... then in the second half I got a bit tired,” Chen said,
The main star of the Russian team in figure skating Evgenia Medvedeva for the first time in two years appeared in official competitions in Moscow. And she became the best in the short program, almost without updating her own unofficial world record.
What do you associate with Evgenia Medvedeva? Many will answer for sure: "Stability." It is this word, there is such a feeling, arises in talking about a two-time world champion more often. And rightly so. A significant part of the palace "Megasport" and even more serious audience at the screens on Friday was waiting as the main event of the day on the ice of the last starting number - her, to Medvedeva. A girl who does not lose two seasons in a row. And she did not disappoint.
Or, for example, "perfectionism." Also about her. As a result of the short program, she did not reach just a tenth of a point to the best result in her career, which is also an unofficial world record. Conquered the hall, raising the audience. Sitting near the man (you will meet such in public transport - and you will not suspect so immediately love of figure skating or sublime epithets) after the rent, Zhenya enthusiastically explained to the neighbor: "That was all in one breath." And the skater herself said at the press conference that she was not quite happy: "This is not even half of what needs to be done at the competitions, rather - one-fourth."
Of course, it is a phenomenon. Although Medvedeva's experience at the adult level is by and large not so great. She has already influenced her kind of figure skating in the most direct way. It was the Russian woman, two years ago, who was the first in the world to perform a short program, where all jumps for the sake of additional bonuses stood in the second half. Now it's fashion. And the trend, apparently, will only gain popularity - this step is more and more skaters, especially for the young.
This is the first time in her career when you have to deal with such a serious competition. Someone is trying to get a Russian woman with her own weapon - moving jumps to the second half. Others, like the American Mirai Nagasu, comes from another trump card - the triple axel. Unfortunately, he only harmed Mirai in Moscow, and we did not see if this method could help against Medvedev. Evgenia herself is probably more difficult this year than ever. But we, of course, are even more interesting.
Evgenia Medvedeva has bugs in her head. At least that's how the world's top women's figure skater calls the little demons and doubts that she needs for success.
Just 17 years old and already a two-time world champion, the Russian prodigy cruised to victory in the season's opening Grand Prix event Saturday, keeping her on course as favourite for the Olympic gold medal in February.
Despite her dominance, Medvedeva said she's on an emotional tightrope every time she skates, and that's how she likes it.
A devotee of old-fashioned self-motivation — she's never worked with a sports psychologist — Medvedeva likes to skate with a few doubts and hang-ups, known colloquially in Russian as "bugs in your head."
"You need these bugs because they make you disciplined," she said Sunday. Without them, Medvedeva said she'd relax too much and make mistakes, but "too many of these bugs can cause you horrible problems too, when they start eating at you from inside."