That was an interesting competition. Unfortunately in Junior and senior ladies there are quite a few ladies who do exactly the same difficulty, same jumps and the only way to distinguish them is through GOE and PCS, which is starting to make the marking very subjective. I think some skaters were slightly helped to better results (which makes me wonder whether this is starting to be about who is your coach rather than what you do on the ice). As a consequence, if a few is helped up, it pushes others down. For example, I didn’t see anything special in Sinitsina and Kostiuk, that would justify their marks in the SP, which helped them to better places overall. That impacted on Tarakanova, who was left with only 4th place in both SP and FS and 5th overall, even though she skated well. In seniors I felt Tarusina got the short straw. It’s life and Russia must be happy that they have so many decent skaters, but it must be heartbreaking for the skaters. I really wish some of them changed countries because that would increase the level of skating in ladies at the Europeans and at the GP events.
Alena Kanysheva, who won the older girls title, will be age eligible for the JGP in the fall and could (likely) make her JGP debut. She is coached by Svetlana Panova, who was Maria Sotksova's old coach.
Senior Men top 5:
1 Andrei Lazukin GBU SSOR Star Ice, St. Petersburg 242.48 1 1
SP (83.60; 4Lz, 4T fall, 3A): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMqRtQ50yx8
FS (158.88; landed 4Lz & 4T at start): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQk3itx0P00
2 Alexander Akimov GBU SSOR Star ice, St. Petersburg 230.44 3 3
3 Artem Lezheev Karelia 228.83 4 2
4 Alexander Petrov GBU SSOR Star ice, St. Petersburg 228.00 2 4
5 Roman Galkin St. Petersburg State University of Economics, St. Petersburg 210.54 5 5
Alisa Fedichkina finished 10th 152.42 (5th in SP, 11th in FS).
Junior Ladies was won by Sofia ХОЗЯИНОВА (Khozyainova?) 191.42 (67.79 SP, 123.63 FS).
Junior Men was won by Mikhail Polyansky 218.87 (77.19 SP, 141.68 FS) - he belongs to Tamara Moskvina's club in St. Petersburg.
ETA Junior Pairs results:
1 Alexandra KOSHEVAYA / Dmitry BUSHLANOV GBU SSOOR Star ice, St. Petersburg 163.26 2 1
2 Stanislava VISLOVOBOVA / Alexey BRYUKHANOV GBU SSOOR Star ice, St. Petersburg 160.36 1 2
3 Daria BOYTSOVA / Anatoly SLASTIN GBU SSOOR Star ice, St. Petersburg 123.54 3 3
4 Alina Yakubova / Klim Shabashev ГБУ СШ№2 Москоспорта, Moscow 115.38 4 4
WD Tatyana KUZMINA / Alexey HVALKO SPb GBU SSOR, St. Petersburg