This week: New world records, retirements, familiar faces, and some unfortunate injuries…
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There have been further updates to the assignments of the Grand Prix.
Alexey Erokhov (RUS) withdrew from Rostelecom Cup, and Andrei Lazukin (RUS) was assigned in his stead (source)
Nicole Schott (GER) withdrew from Rostelecom Cup (source)
Andrew Torgashev (USA) has withdrawn from the Junior Grand Prix Final. Stephen Gogolev (CAN) has been called up to compete (source)
Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier (USA) have withdrawn from Internationaux de France (source)
Chafik Besseghier (FRA) has withdrawn from Internationaux de France (source)
Chinese skater Li Zijun has retired from competitive figure skating at the age of 21. We'll miss her dearly, but we look forward to seeing what she does next! (source)
Cup of China has been confirmed as a Grand Prix Series event for the season 2019-20. (source)
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) have confirmed that they will compete at Internationaux de France next week in Grenoble, stating that Guillaume’s back injury, which caused them to withdraw from NHK Trophy, is healing well. (source)
Adam Rippon (USA) has announced his official retirement from competitive figure skating. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours! (source)
GP Rostelecom Cup (26-28 October)
The fifth stop in the 2018-19 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating was in Moscow, Russia. To see the standings of the Grand Prix Series, please visit the ISU’s website.
Ladies - 1st: Alina Zagitova (RUS), 2nd: Sofia Samudurova (RUS), 3rd: Eunsoo Lim (KOR)
Alina Zagitova set a new World Record at this event for the Short Program.
Pairs - 1st: Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 2nd: Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise (ITA), 3rd: Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin (RUS)
Tarasova/Morosov set a new World Record at this event for the Short Program
Ice Dance - 1st: Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS), 2nd: Sara Hurtado/Kirill Khaliavin (ESP), 3rd: Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko (USA)
Stepanova/Bukin set a new World Record at this event for the Free Dance.
Men - Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), 2nd: Morisi Kvitelashvili (GEO), 3rd: Kazuki Tomono (JPN)
Yuzuru Hanyu set a new World Record at this event for the Short Program.
CS Inge Solar Memorial / Alpen Trophy
Ladies - 1st: Anna Tarusina (RUS), 2nd: Serafima Sakhanovich (RUS), 3rd: Brooklee Han (AUS)
Pairs - 1st: Anastasia Mishina/Alexander Galliamov (RUS), 2nd: Rebecca Ghilardi/Filippo Ambrosini (RUS), 3rd: N/A
Ice Dance - 1st: Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri (ITA), 2nd: Lorraine McNamara/Quinn Carpenter (USA), 3rd: Marie-Jade Lauriault/Romain Le Gac (FRA)
Men - 1st: Daniel Grassl (ITA), 2nd: Roman Sadovsky (CAN), 3rd: Tomoki Hiwatashi (USA)
Retired skater Nobunari Oda (JPN) caught up with Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS) and Elena Radionova (RUS) at the Rostelecom Cup!
Yuna Shiraiwa (JPN) started a crowdfunding campaign to finance her skating - and met her goal in less than two days! You can donate to the campaign here.
13yr old Alysa Liu (USA) landed two 3As in her Free Skate at Pacific Coast Sectionals this weekend (source)
GPF qualifier Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) took some time during Rostelecom Cup to interview Nathan Chen (USA). Watch out for the interview release soon (source)
Kazuki Tomono (JPN) seemed to have a lot of fun at the Rostelecom banquet! Check out his sweet dance moves here.