Morozova, Anisimov claim wins on second stage of Cup of Russia

Teenagers take victory in low-key event in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia; ice dance world champs Sinitsina/Katsalapov (pictured) skated in rhythm dance before withdrawing

By ZK Goh

In a second stage of the domestic Cup of Russia figure skating series shorn of star names, 14-year-old Anastasia Morozova and 17-year-old Andrei Anisimov took the top spots in the ladies' and men's singles competition respectively on Tuesday (12 October).

Moscow-trained Morozova led the competition, held in Yoshkar-Ola in west-central Russia, after the short program and continued her fine form into the free skate, topping both segments.

None of the ladies' competitors in Yoshkar-Ola attempted a quad jump or triple Axel, and Morozova's relatively clean routines – only losing points for edge calls on three of her triple Lutz attempts across both performances – were enough to seal victory.

Her total of 178.01 points was nearly five clear of the next-best skater.

In the men's event, Anisimov – who has finished sixth and seventh at his two ISU Junior Grand Prix appearances this season – won a six-athlete competition by a runaway margin of nearly 28 points.

The only man to attempt multiple quadruple jumps, landing a clean quad Salchow in the short program and a clean quad toeloop in the free (as well as a quad Sal landed on the quarter in the free), Anisimov eased to a comfortable victory.

Yoshkar-Ola did see some star power earlier in the event, as world champion ice dancers Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov (pictured) took part in the rhythm dance on Sunday (10 October), scoring 92.03 points, before withdrawing from the free dance.