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Georgia’s 2020 European bronze medalist Morisi Kvitelashvili captured the Men’s Short Program as the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup kicked off Friday in Moscow. Petr Gumennik of Russia came second followed by teammate Mikhail Kolyada.

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Morisi Kvitelashvili (GEO) finished top in Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup © International Skating Union (ISU)

Skating to “Amsterdam” by Jacques Brel, Kvitelashvili hit a quadruple Salchow-triple toeloop, a triple Axel and quadruple toeloop. The 25-year-old earned a level four for two spins and a level three for the change sit spin and the step sequence for a score of 99.56 points. 

“It has been a long preparation and I am pleased that I finally was able to compete and to present myself,” Kvitelashvili said. “I am happy it worked out. The story behind my program is that I am a seaman who is on shore after a long trip and has fun, and all this happens in Amsterdam.” 

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Russian teenager Petr Gumennik performs to 'Moonlight Sonata' in Moscow © International Skating Union (ISU)

Gumennik produced a quadruple Salchow, triple Axel, triple Lutz-triple loop combination as well as level-four spins and footwork in his routine to a modern arrangement of “Moonlight Sonata”. The ISU World Junior bronze medalist scored 96.26 points. 

“I am pleased that I skated clean and got many points,” the 18-year-old said. “We originally planned to skate with two quads, Lutz and Salchow, but just before the warm-up on the floor my coach Veronika Daineko told me we’re not going to do that. I felt relief and less nervous, because it has already become easy for me to skate the program with one quad.”

Kolyada almost fell on his opening quad toeloop that was slightly underrotated, but recovered to nail a triple Axel, triple Lutz-triple toeloop and excellent spins and footwork in his upbeat program to “Let’s Get Loud” by The Baseballs. The 25-year-old two-time European bronze medalist picked up 93.34 points.

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Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) recovered from a shaky start to finish in third place on Day 1 © International Skating Union (ISU)

“Everything worked out today except for the quad toe,” the 2018 World bronze medalist said. “I enjoyed the atmosphere here and we’ll continue to work.” 

Makar Ignatov (RUS) is not far behind in fourth place on 91.82 points. He landed a rare quad loop. Russia’s 2020 ISU European Champion Dmitri Aliev underrotated his triple Axel to place fifth on 89.62 points. The 2020 ISU World Junior Champion Andrei Mozalev (RUS) impressed with a quad flip, but stepped out of an underrotated quad toe and had no combination to finish sixth (86.01 points).

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