Will the Japanese Ladies and the Russian Men be able to bring their season-opening form from the indoor rink at Obihiro to the Tomakomai Highland Sports Center this weekend? The coast city, situated 200 kilometre west from Obihiro on the Japanese Hokkaido island, hosts the first outdoor ISU World Cup Speed Skating event since German Inzell in 2008.
The Japanese ladies gave the home crowd something to cheer in Obihiro after winning the Team Pursuit and going on to win two gold medals and one silver. Olympic 5000m Champion Esmee Visser (NED) won her career first World Cup gold medal in the Ladies' 3000m on Sunday, while Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) smashed the opposition in the Men's 1000m. Håvard Lorentzen (NOR) took 500m gold.
Olympic Champions Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) and Alina Zagitova as well as World Pairs silver medalists Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and Ice Dancers Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS) came out on top on an eventful day of competition at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow (RUS). Rostelecom Cup was the fifth event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2018/19.
Pavel Kulizhnikov left Olympic Champion Kjeld Nuis more than half a second behind to win the Men's 1000m on the final day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating first leg in Obihiro. Patrick Roest dominated the 5000m and the Netherlands won the Team Sprint.
After two days of sovereign skating on home soil, the Japanese ladies were not able to collect more golds on the final day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating first leg in Obihiro. Vanessa Herzog won the 1000m, while Esmee Visser clinched her career first World Cup gold in the 3000m, and Russia took home Team Sprint gold.
Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova of Russia skated off with the gold medal as the Rostelecom Cup concluded with the Ladies Free Skating in Moscow on Saturday. Her Russian teammate Sofia Samodurova earned the silver, her second Grand Prix medal, while Korean skater Eunsoo Lim rose from sixth place to capture the bronze medal.
Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov of Russia bounced back from a practice accident to win their second Grand Prix title this season at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow on Saturday.
Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin danced to their second Grand Prix gold medal and straight into their first ISU Grand Prix Final with a sublime display at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow Saturday. Sara Hurtado/Kirill Khaliavin of Spain leapfrogged Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko (USA) to take the silver and the first Ice Dance Grand Prix medal for their country.
Two-time Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan overcame an ankle injury to win his second Grand Prix gold medal as the Rostelecom Cup continued Saturday in Moscow. Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia claimed the silver, the first ISU Grand Prix medal for his country, while Kazuki Tomono of Japan earned the bronze.
Russia’s Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova skated to a confident lead in the Ladies Short Program at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow on Friday, winning the first segment of the competition with 13 points to spare. Her teammate Sofia Samodurova came second, followed by Alexia Paganini of Switzerland.
Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov of Russia gave a stylish performance in the Pairs Short Program to take the lead as the Rostelecom Cup continued Friday in Moscow. Italy’s Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise came second and young Russians Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin are currently ranked third.
Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin took the lead in the Rhythm Dance on the first day of the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow Friday. Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko (USA) are currently ranked second and Sara Hurtado/Kirill Khaliavin of Spain lie third.