2013 Rostelecom Cup Day 1

22 Nov

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Day one has completed at 2013 Rostelecom Cup, the final stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, and members of Team USA are in medal contention ahead of their final performances.

In the ladies event, American Agnes Zawadzki skated to a personal best score of 60.45 and is in third after the short program, while teammate Mirai Nagasu is only .01 points behind in fourth. Both Zawadzki and Nagasu opened with clean triple toe-triple toe combinations and while Nagasu edged Zawadzki in the execution of her elements, Zawadzki got the slight nod in the base value for her elements and in points for her components.

In first place, topping her personal best score by nearly six points is Russian Julia Lipnitskaia with 72.24 points. She executed a clean skate which included an opening triple Lutz-triple toe, worth an event-best 11 points. In second is 2012 World champion Carolina Kostner of Italy with 67.74 points.

In the men’s event, Maxim Kovtun, in his home country, delivered the short program of his lifetime. Kovtun executed a beautiful opening quad Salchow-triple toe combination followed by a quad toe and a triple Axel in the second half of his skate. He earned a score of 92.53, which is more than 11 points better than his previous personal best. In second place with 84.90 points is Tatsuki Machida of Japan, while Javier Fernandzez of Spain is in third with 81.87 points. American Richard Dornbush is in 63.74 points while, his teammate, Joshua Farris was forced to withdraw from the competition after sustaining an injury during practice.

In the pairs event, despite a mistake on the difficult throw triple Axel, Germans Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy are in first place with 73.25 points with Russians Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov and Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch in second and third with 69.72 and 65.65 points respectively.

Americans Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim posted a personal best score of 59.56 and are into fifth place. The duo, who train in Colorado Springs, will look to top their fifth place performance from their GP event earlier this year. Fellow Americans Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker are in seventh place with 51.59 points.

In the dance event, Russians Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitry Soloviev are well in front with 68.42 points. The reigning World bronze medalists paced the field with a big score for their components and also led the competition in points for their elements. Their step sequence received a short dance-best 8.36 points. Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje are in second with 61.50 while Russians Ekaterina Riazanova & Ilya Tkachenko are in third with 58.59. Looking for their second medal of the GP season, Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates are in fourth place with 57.80 points

(All times Eastern; subject to change)


Saturday, Nov. 13
5:00 a.m. – Ladies free
Mirai Nagasu – 5:54 a.m.
Agnes Zawadzki – 6:02 a.m.

6:50 a.m. – Pairs free
Davis/Brubaker – 7:05 a.m.
Scimeca/Knierim – 7:22 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – Men’s free
Richard Dornbush – 8:50 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – Free dance
Chock/Bates – 11:14 a.m.

(All times Eastern; subject to change)

Broadcast Date


Time (TV)

Friday, Nov. 22

Ladies short

6 p.m.

Pairs short

7 p.m.

Men’s short

9 p.m.

Short dance

10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23

Pairs free

6 p.m.

Free dance

7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24

Rebroadcast of NBC coverage


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