“I do think about this possibility (to get the second spot), but I just need to work and skate well at the Russian Cup Final,” noted Kondratiuk. “Then whatever happens, happens.” Before saying this, the skater had just turned in a career-best performance in the team competition, reeling off three quads – one toe and two Salchows. “This was the best I’ve ever done, score-wise and element-wise,” he said. “My performance at Russian Nationals has given me confidence and I focused on this event as I always do, like for an important competition and not for a show.”
Kondratiuk needed his optimism when he lost more or less two complete seasons due to injury problems. When he was 13, the skater was diagnosed with Osgood–Schlatter disease, a painful inflammation of the patellar ligament in the knee that affects mostly boys when they are growing.
“I missed one season completely,” he recalled. “I wasn’t even skating, and in the second season, I was just trying a little bit. I thought about quitting. I thought, if it is that painful, I probably can’t do it (skating). But I felt it would be stupid to stop because I was told that this will go away with time. So, I decided to wait, to heal and see how it goes.”
Last summer Kondratiuk had a personal exhibition and has also participated in about seven collective exhibitions.
“The most memorable one was held by an organization that is supporting homeless people,” he revealed. “I gave a performance there that was about humanity and help for people.”
He is also collaborating with musicians and has created covers for singles and albums. “Once I did the cover of a single for a rapper in the USA and another album had like half a million listenings. That was nice!”
Stepanova/Bukin do not plan to participate in the Russian Cup Finals. (not an injury or sickness. the team is already guaranteed a place on the World Team after their win @ the Russian Nationals.)
Действующие чемпионы России в танцах на льду Александра Степанова и Иван Букин не собираются выступать в Финале Кубка России, сообщила РИА Новости тренер... Спорт РИА Новости, 12.02.2021rsport.ria.ru
Samarin also will not skate in the RCF. Not an injury, just taking time to recover and regain his athletic form.
По словам тренера спортсмена Светланы Соколовской, фигуристку надо восстановиться и привести физическую форму в порядокtass.ru
Tarasova/Morozov also will not participate in the Russian Cup Finals.
Tarasenko is his name. He used to be in Tutberidze’s group. He switched to pairs, stayed one season but didn’t enjoy it. He is now Lipnitskaya’s husband now.Russian Pairs skater, Nika Osipova, will now skate for Holland, in a team with Dmitrii Epstein. Nika is 20, Dmitrii is 27.
They will make their first appearance in Challenge Cup in The Hague at the end of February.
Российская фигуристка Ника Осипова, ранее выступавшая в парном катании с Александром Галлямовым, будет представлять сборную Нидерландов.nevasport.ru
Nika skated in earlier years (2017) with Gallyamov
... and then had another partner (i don't know his name)
Great and very honest interview with Ekaterina Bobrova about Sochi experience, meldonium ban, injuries, feelings at her lows and highs, and first steps on the ice
«Зал засмеялся, и мне это помогло. Я так разозлилась!» Драматическая развязка домашней Олимпиады в монологе Екатерины БобровойКак горькая неудача может привести к еще одной олимпийской медали и бесценному опыту.matchtv.ru
Huh? Isn't he on the Challenge Cup roster for this weekend instead?Mikhail Kolyada may withdraw from Russian Cup Final, due to neck problems.
Or prefer Zagitova because they got bored with Medvedeva... It doesn’t always have to be because of her stay in Canada. I found Medvedeva a bit same-ish. The first and second senior season - great. But then it was getting all the time the same things, nothing new... so it came to liking more Zagitova because she was different, but now I prefer 3As and Valieva because they all have different styles. That may be reason I will like them longer than I did Medvedeva and Zagitova, because they are 4, each of them with completely different style so it doesn’t become so same again and again.That reminds me of the Turkish basketball player (Enes Kanter?) who faced a lot of issues because of his activism about Turkey. Not the same situation at all, but a reminder of how sports and politics can intertwine.
In Medvedeva/Zagitova discussions, there is definitely a crowd who seems to prefer Zagitova because of Medvedeva's Canada sojourn.
I honestly believed Medvedeva beat Zagitova. Zagitova's jumps were more impressive but in terms of the total package that was Med.Definitely not saying all fans, just a subset. For sure there are valid reasons to prefer Zagitova. I was rooting for Medvedeva in 2018 but Zagitova has grown on me a ton.