Russia’s figure skater in men’s singles Mikhail Kolyada was reported to suffer from a severe nasal infection and was replaced in the national team by Andrey Lazukin ahead of the 2019 ISU World Team Trophy in Japan’s Fukuoka.
According to a statement from the press service of the Russian Figure Skating Federation (RFSF), 24-year-old Kolyada was diagnosed with a sinus infection relapse and therefore was replaced with 21-year-old teammate Andrey Lazukin for the upcoming international tournament.
The 2019 ISU (International Skating Union) World Team Trophy is scheduled to be held in Japan’s Fukuoka between April 11 and 14.
Last month, on March 20-24, Japan’s Saitama was the host for the 2019 ISU World Skating Championships.
The final competition of the season, the sixth edition of the World Team Trophy, takes place in Fukuoka, Japan, April 11-14. The top six highest scoring nations of the 2018-2019 season earned the right to compete at this competition.
Competition format: Skaters earn points that go towards a team total. The skater/team that places first in each discipline earns 12 points, decreasing in descending order by 1 point. (The last placed singles skaters will receive 1 point, pairs and ice dance teams receive 7 points). The team with the highest aggregate score at the end of the competition will win the ISU World Team Trophy along with substantial prize money.
This year, Russia qualified first with 9038 points, ahead of Team USA (7752 points), Japan (6991 points), France (5541 points), Italy (4344 points), and Canada (4217 points).
History of the competition: Team Japan struck gold in 2012 and 2017. Team USA won the Trophy in 2009, 2013 and 2015.
Russia: Team Captain – Nikita Katsalapov – (Alina Zagitova/Evgenia Medvedeva had prior show commitments) Sofia Samodurova, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Mikhail Kolyada, Alexander Samarin, Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov, Natalia Zabiiako/Alexander Enbert
France: Team Captain – Morgan Ciprès Laurine Lecavelier, Maé-Bérénice Meite, Kevin Aymoz, Adam Siao Him Fa, Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron, Vanessa James/Morgan Ciprès
U.S.: Team Captain – Madison Hubbell Mariah Bell, Bradie Tennell, Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou, Ashley Cain/Timothy LeDuc, Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue
Italy: Team Captain – Marco Fabbri Daniel Grassl, Matteo Rizzo, Marina Piredda, Roberta Rodeghiero, Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise, Charlène Guignard/Marco Fabbri
Canada: Team Captain – Andrew Poje Keegan Messing, Nam Nguyen, Alaine Chartrand, Gabrielle Daleman, Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro, Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje
Coach Inna Goncharenko told RIA Novosti that the acute phase of rivalry between 2015 world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva had disappeared, and if both figure skaters were in the World Team Championship, they would not compete with each other.
The World Team Championships will be held on April 11-14 in Fukuoka, Japan. Russia in women's single skating will be presented by schoolgirl Alexei Mishin Tuktamysheva and Sofia Samodurova. Tuktamysheva did not become a participant of the World Championship, which ended on Sunday in Japanese Saitama, because she missed the January Russian Championship due to illness, and then lost to the Russian Cup Final Evgenia Medvedeva, after which the Russian Federation Figure Skating Federation decided to declare the third world championship quota Medvedev, who won the tournament in bronze.
Goncharenko does not believe that if Medvedev and Tuktamysheva were in the same squad at a future tournament in Fukuoka, the world team championship would once again turn into a competition between these figure skaters. “No, I don’t think it would be so,” Goncharenko said by the telephone.
“First, it’s really other competitions in spirit,” she continued. “Secondly, the rivalry over the third quota is a past. Liza is also a world champion, she has both character and brains, and she would not allow this rivalry at the team championship. I personally really want Lisa to show herself and get a good skate with an axel with the rest of the purely executed elements. With courage, which she is capable of."
The specialist noted that the tournament at the Russian national team "has very good chances to win."
In the tournament of singles, Russia will be represented by Mikhail Kolyada, who took the 6th place at the World Championships, and Alexander Samarin, who became the 12th. “Samarin - yes, he will cope. I always believed in him and believe,” the trainer noted. “He has a character, and I think that Sasha will definitely cope, especially because he has a wormhole left after the World Cup. He wants to show himself with the best side. And I can only hope for Misha. "
Two-time world champion Nathan Chen appeared in good form during the afternoon practice on Wednesday ahead of the start of the World Team Trophy here on Thursday.
Chen, who became the first American to defend the world title in 35 years when he triumphed last month in Saitama, worked on his free skate to “Land of All” and tore off one quad after another while barely breaking a sweat.
While some of the skaters competing here had a two-week break after the worlds, Chen’s was actually just one week, as he stayed in Japan to do “Stars on Ice,” then returned to classes at Yale University. Chen, who will turn 20 next month, said he felt good despite the short duration between events.
“Physically I feel all right. It was a little bit of a tight turnaround,” Chen stated. “Ultimately it is what it is and I got good training time in. I had a lot of time to focus on school after worlds and I feel pretty good coming here.”