Russian figure skaters to watch next season
03 August, 2018
In St. Petersburg, we are already more than halfway through the summer, which means that the time of fancy boat parties is slowly coming to an end. However, before we brace ourselves for autumn with its cold rain and ever shorter days, we should remember our prospects are not all grey and gloomy. For one, the new figure skating season is about to start!
If you are not familiar with figure skating, you should know one thing: Russian ladies are the best skaters in the world. In this article, we introduce you to three most successful girls in the Russian world of figure skating. Just read, watch and learn and we promise you will become an avid fan and figure skating expert in no time.
Two-time world champion, two-time European champion and the winner of two silver medals in the last Winter Olympics. There is something about Evgenia’s skating which is just captivating. She has not only broken several world records with her refined technique and jumps (she even does them with both arms raised above her head!), but also touched the hearts of all spectators with her expressiveness and elegant movements. Each of her programmes tells a story: She can turn into the heroine of her favourite Japanese manga series, Sailor Moon, or become Anna Karenina and act out the sad story of love, loss and death.
The 18-year-old figure skater and fan of K-pop was born in Moscow. Her mother brought her to the ice rink when she was just three and a half years old and Zhenya immediately felt at home there. She rose to the top thanks to her former coach, Eteri Tutberidze, who is known for her strict methods and success in training young girls. But it was also Evgenia’s determination, motivation and incredibly hard work that made her one of the best figure skaters in the world. She believes one should never relax, but always strive to improve and push one’s limits. Maybe that is how she managed to win silver in the Olympics, even though she was still recovering from an injury.
A few months ago, Evgenia announced she was leaving Tutberidze. She is currently training in Canada with Brian Orser and we cannot wait to see her skating in the new season!
If Medvedeva only came second in the Olympics, who took gold, you ask? Alina Zagitova, the 16-year-old Russian figure skater, who is also coached by Tutberidze. She was only 15 at the time of the Olympics, but after an extremely successful first season in the senior category, when she won the Grand Prix, Russian Nationals and the European Championships, this has come as a surprise to no one. She performed an extremely difficult free skate to Don Quixote with all eleven jumps placed in the second half of the programme. She also holds the world record for the highest score in a Ladies’ short programme.
Alina comes from Izhevsk, a city in the Ural region. She was named after the famous Russian gymnast, Alina Kabaeva, so it seems it has always been her destiny to become a great sportswoman. She started skating at the age of four and when she was thirteen, she moved to Moscow to train with Tutberidze. She lives in the city with her grandmother, two chinchillas, a dog and a cat.
Alinas’s programmes for the next season have already been announced: we will see her as Carmen in the free skate and she will perform her short programme to music from Phantom of the Opera. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Sasha is still in the junior category, but she is the only female figure skater in the world who has performed two quadruple jumps in the free programme. At the age of 14, she already holds several records, including the highest technical score in the free skate in the Ladies category, both junior and senior. Last year, she became the youngest lady to ever win Junior Grand Prix as well as World Junior Championship.
The talented figure skater was born in Ryazan and took her first steps on the ice at the age of four. Seven years later, she moved to Moscow and since 2016, she is training with Eteri Tutberidze’s team – no surprises there, right? Sasha lives with her parents and two younger brothers. She is famous not only for her exquisite jumps, but also for her Rapunzel-like hair and her Chihuahua Tina, who could easily win the title of the best dressed dog in Russia.
We hope you enjoyed this article and gained a bit of an insight into the world of figure skating. Are you as excited for the next season as we are? Let us know on our Facebook page!