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Cup of Russia
Moscow, Russia
Nov. 26 - 29, 1998
Fifth Event of the Grand Prix Series

The fifth event in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, the Cup of Russia, concluded in Moscow, Russia on Saturday (results and standings attached).

In a fascinating domestic battle, Alexei Urmanov (RUS) took the lead in the men's short program. Urmanov was faultless, landing a triple axel-triple toeloop combination and a triple lutz in his classical program set to Bach. The 1994 Olympic champion earned one 5.9 for required elements and eight more for presentation. Second was training partner and world bronze medallist Evgeny Plushenko. He opened with an attempt at a quadruple toeloop but just two-footed the landing and then could only manage a double toeloop in combination with his triple axel. The third Russian, Alexander Abt (struggling with an ankle injury), stumbled after his unusual triple axel/triple loop combination and his planned quadruple toeloop ended up as a triple to put him in third place.

In the free, Plushenko was the first to skate. Again, it was not to be a quad - instead a triple toeloop - but he then reeled off seven more triples, including a triple axel/double toeloop combination. He stuttered between a triple lutz and triple toeloop but included lightning fast step sequences and excellent spins to earn two 5.8s for technique and one 5.9 and four 5.8s for presentation. Abt followed but his injury clearly hampered him. He fell on a triple flip and stumbled slightly on the landings of two other jumps in his Egyptian program to stay in third.

Urmanov knew what he had to do. He opened with a huge triple flip/triple toeloop that nearly took him into the boards but fell at the end of a triple axel/triple toeloop combination. Four more triples followed and two superb unusual combination spins in his elegant tango routine. The judges split 6 to 3 in favour of Urmanov, whose stronger presentation marks (including four 5.9s) just gave him the edge over Plushenko, who has yet to beat him.

It was Urmanov's first win in his comeback season after the serious groin injury that forced him to pull out of the 1997 World Championships when leading after the short program. He then missed the entire 1997/98 season. Urmanov and Abt now qualify for the Grand Prix Final along with Alexei Yagudin (RUS) and Michael Weiss (USA). It was a non-points scoring event for Plushenko who skates in Japan.

It was also a Russian sweep in the ladies' event. Elena Sokolova, winner in Gelsenkirchen, took the lead with a clean short program that included a triple lutz/double toeloop combination and a triple loop. World silver medallist Irina Slutskaya just two-footed her triple lutz/double toeloop combination but landed a triple loop and performed her trademark double Biellmann spin combination to take second. Julia Soldatova, training partner of world bronze medallist Maria Butyrskaya, got the majority of the judges' votes to place third ahead of Laetitia Hubert (FRA) in a split decision.

In the free, the judges faced a hard challenge to separate the top three. Soldatova put a hand down on her opening triple salchow but then landed five clean triples, including two in combination, in a technically challenging program. Sokolova followed and also landed two triples in combination but could only manage one other clean triple. Her program featured fast step sequences and good spins. Slutskaya started by two-footing her triple lutz and putting a hand down on a triple salchow but then improved as her program went on, landing four clean triples (again including two combinations) and showing fast spins and footwork.

The judges were divided with each of the three skaters receiving first places but the majority verdict went to Sokolova followed by Soldatova and Slutskaya. That means Sokolova (like Butyrskaya) qualifies for the Grand Prix Final with the maximum 24 points. It was a non-points scoring event for Slutskaya who must secure her place in the Final at the NHK Trophy next week.

As expected, world champions and Olympic silver medallists Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze (RUS) won the pairs competition - but it was far closer than predicted. They won the short with a program that included side by side triple toeloops and a spectacular thrown triple loop to earn a total of nine 5.8s. Dorota Zagorska & Mariusz Siudek (POL) placed a surprise second ahead of the rapidly improving new pairing of Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman (USA). Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhao (CHN), winners in Canada, finished fifth after a major error during the required overhead lift.

The free program saw Shen & Zhao make up for that error with a high quality display that included side by side triple toeloops and double axels, a triple twist and two high thrown jumps. Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze made uncharacteristic errors but the overall speed and strength of their skating and their intricate choreography gave them the edge over the Chinese in a 6:3 majority verdict from the judges. Ina & Zimmerman, together only five months, moved up another level from Paris last week. They too featured a triple twist, complex lifts, side by side triple toeloops and double axels - but just one thrown jump. They lost second place to the Chinese by a 6:3 majority verdict to stay in third.

The final results saw Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze take the title qualify for the Final with the maximum 24 points. Shen & Zhao (9 points) skate in Japan next week and Ina & Zimmerman, currently in third place on 16 points, must wait to see if that will take them to the Final. "That was a big improvement from Germany," said Ovsiannikov afterwards. "We are very pleased because Angelika has had problems with her back again and we have not had so much training time."

Tatiana Navka and her new partner Roman Kostomarov made it a third Russian sweep when their dramatic and intricate free dance, set to Ravel's Bolero, moved them up to third ahead of Silwia Nowak & Sebastian Kolasinski (POL). Like the first two Russian couples, their programs are choreographed by Natalia Linichuk.

Krylova & Ovsiannikov now qualify for the Final with the maximum 24 points. Lobacheva & Averbukh, on 18 points, also have booked their place in St Petersburg. Already qualified are Shae-Lynn Bourne & Victor Kraatz (CAN).



CUP OF RUSSIA RESULTS & ISU GRAND PRIX POINTS

LADIES                                  	     Factored  Grand Prix
PLC     SP      FP             			             Placing   Points  

1.      1       1        Elena Sokolova  		RUS     1.5     12
2.      3       2        Julia Soldatova 		RUS    	3.5    	9
3.      2       3        Irina Slutskaya 		RUS     4.0   	NPS
4.      5       4        Yuka Kanazawa   		JPN     6.5     5       
5.      4       5        Laetitia Hubert 		FRA     7.0     NPS
6.      6       6        Anna Rechnio    		POL    	9.0     3
7.      11     7         Veronika Dytrtova       	CZE     12.5    2
8.      9       8        Amber Corwin    		USA     12.5    1
9.      8       9        Angela Derochie 		CAN    	13.0    -
10.    	7       11       Yulia Lavrenchuk 		UKR    	14.5    -
11.     12     10        Silvia Fontana  		ITA     16.0    -
12.     10     12        Franziska Guenther      	GER    	18.0   	-

MEN
1.      1      	1       Alexei Urmanov  		RUS     1.5     12      
2.     	2      	2      	Evgeny Plushenko        	RUS     3.0     NPS
3.      3      	3       Alexander Abt   		RUS    	4.5     7
4.     	5      	4       Ivan Dinev      		BUL    	6.5     5
5.      4      	6       Szabolcs Vidrai 		HUN    	8.0     4
6.      8      	5       Evgeny Pliuta   		UKR     9.0     3          
7.      11     	7       Selichi Suzuki  		JPN     12.5    2
8.      6      	10      Jeff Langdon    		CAN     13.0    1
9.      12     	8       Michael Tyllesen        	DEN     14.0   	-
10.     10     	9      	Markus Leminen  		FIN     14.0   	-
11.    	9      	11      Frederic Dombier        	FRA     15.5   	-  
12.     9      	11      Timothy Goebel  		USA     15.5   	-


PAIRS
1.      1      	1       Elena Berezhnaya/Anton Sikharulidze     RUS	1.5     12
2.     	5      	2       Xue Shen/Hongbo Zhao    		CHN     4.5     9
3.     	3       3       Kyoko Ina/John Zimmerman        	USA     4.5	7           
4.      2       4       Dorota Zagorska/Mauriuz Siudek  	POL     5.0	5
5.     	4      	5       Marina Eltsova/Andrei Bushkov   	RUS     7.0	4           
6.      6      	6       Tatiana Totmianina/Maksim Marinin      	RUS	9.0    	3
7.     	7      	7       Nadia Micalleff/Bruno Marcotte  	CAN    	10.5    -
8.     	8      	8       Heather Allebach/Matthew Evers  	USA    	12.0    -

DANCE
PLC    	CD     OD    	FD      
1.      1      	1      	1       Anjelika Krylova & Oleg Ovsiannikov     RUS	2.0     12
2.      2       2       2       Irina Lobacheva & Ilia Averbukh 	RUS     4.0	9
3.      4      	4      	3       Tatiana Navka/Roman Kostomarov  	RUS     7.0	7
4.      3      	3      	4       Silwia Nowak/Sebastian Kolasinski       POL	7.0     5
5.      5       5       5       Naomi Lang/Peter Tchernyshev    	USA    	10.0    4
6.      6       6       6       Chantal Lefebvre/Michel Brunet  	CAN    	12.0    3
7.      7       7      	7       Dominique Deniaud/Martial Jaffredo      FRA	14.0    2
8.     	8       8       8       Stephanie Rauer/Thomas Rauer    	GER    	16.0    1
9.      10      9       9       Angelika Fuhring/Bruno Ellinger 	AUT    	18.4    -
10.     9       10      10      Kornelia Barany/Andras Rosnik   	HUN   	19.6    -

NPS= non points scoring event


ISU GRAND PRIX STANDINGS AFTER FIVE EVENTS (OF SIX)

LADIES (top six qualify for Final)                              	No. of events
1.      Elena Sokolova  		RUS     	24    pts     
2.      Maria Butyrskaya        	RUS     	24             	2
3.      Nicole Bobek    		USA     	14             	2
4.      Elena Liashenko 		UKR     	12              1
5.      Fumie Suguri    		JPN     	9               1
6.      Julia Soldatova 		RUS     	9               1
7.      Yulia Lavrenchuk        	UKR     	9               2
8.      Laetitia Hubert 		FRA     	9               2
9.      Anna Rechnio    		POL     	8               2
10.     Angela Nikodinov        	USA     	7               1
11.     Irina Slutskaya 		RUS     	7               1
12.     Vanessa Gusmeroli       	FRA     	7               1
13.     Yuka Kanazawa   		JPN     	5               1
14.     Jennifer Robinson       	CAN     	5               2
15.     Amber Corwin    		USA     	5               2
16.     Brittney McConn 		USA     	5               2
17.     Diana Poth      		HUN     	5               2
18.     Tatijana Malinina       	UZB     	4               1
19.     Alisa Drei      		FIN     	3               1
20.     Hanae Yokoya    		JPN     	2               1
21.     Mojca Kopac     		SLO     	2               1               
22.     Veronika Dytrtova       	CZE     	2               1
23.     Yulia Vorobieva 		AZE     	1               1
24.     Andrea Diewald  		GER     	1               1
25.     Eva-Maria Fitze 		GER     	1               1


MEN (top six qualify for Final)
1.      Alexei Yagudin  		RUS     	24              2
2.      Alexei Urmanov  		RUS     	19              2
3.      Michael Weiss   		USA     	18              2
4.      Alexander Abt   		RUS     	16              2
5.      Elvis Stojko    		CAN     	14              2
6.      Evgeny Plushenko        	RUS     	12              1
7.      Szabolcs Vidrai 		HUN     	11              2
8.      Ivan Dinev      		BUL     	10              2
9.      Andrejs Vlascenko       	GER     	7               1
10.     Emmanuel Sandhu 		CAN     	7               1
11.     Laurent Tobel  			FRA     	7               2
12.     Dmitry Dmitrenko        	UKR     	5               1
13.     Naoki Shigematsu        	JPN     	5               1
14.     Takeshi Honda   		JPN     	4               1
15.     Derrick Delmore 		USA     	4               1
16.     Thierry Cerez   		FRA     	4               2
17.     Evgeny Pliuta   		UKR     	3               1
18.     Jean-Francois Hebert    	CAN     	3               2
19.     Sven Meyer      		GER     	3               2
20.     Jason Denommee  		CAN     	2               1
21.     Seiichi Suzuki  		JPN     	2               1
22.     Michael Hopfes  		GER     	2               2
23.     Roman Skorniakov        	UZB     	2               1
24=    	Yamato Tamura  		 	JPN     	1               1
24=    	Robert Grzegorczyk      	POL     	1               1
26.     Jeff Langdon    		CAN     	1               2



PAIRS (top five qualify for Final)
1.      Elena Berezhnaya/Anton Sikharulidze     	RUS     	24              2
2.      Maria Petrova/Alexei Tikhonov   		RUS     	21              2
3.      Kyoko Ina/John Zimmerman        		USA     	16              2
4.      Sarah Abitbol/Stephane Bernadis 		FRA     	15              2
5.      Kristy Sargeant/Kris Wirtz      		CAN     	14              2       
6.      Marina Eltsova/Andrei Bushkov   		RUS     	11              2
7.      Peggy Schwarz/Mirko Mueller     		GER     	9               1
8.      Xue Shen/Hongbo Zhao    			CHN     	9               1
9.      Katerina Berankova/Otto Dlabola 		CZE     	8               2
10.     Jamie Sale/David Pelletier      		CAN     	7               1
11.     Victoria Maxiuta/Vladislav Zhovnirsky   	RUS     	7               1
12.     Tiffany Stiegler/Johnnie Stiegler       	USA     	7               2
13=    	Valerie Saurette/J-S Fecteau    		CAN     	7               2
13=    	Tatiana Totmianina/Maxim Marinin        	RUS     	7               2
15.     Dorota Zagorska/Mariusz Siudek  		POL     	5               1
16.     Danielle Hartsell/Steve Hartsell        	USA     	5               1
17.     M-C Savard-Gagnon/Luc Bradet    		CAN     	4               1
18.     Mariana Kautz/Norman Jeschke    		GER     	3               1       
        



DANCE (top five qualify for Final)
1.      Anjelika Krylova/Oleg Ovsiannikov       	RUS     	24              2
2.      Shae-Lynn Bourne/Victor Kraatz  		CAN     	21              2
3.      Irina Lobacheva/Ilia Averbukh   		RUS     	18              2
4=     	Barbara Fusar-Poli/Maurizio Margaglio   	ITA     	16              2
4=     	Margarita Drobiazko/Povilas Vanagas     	LTU     	16              2
6.      Marina Anissina/Gwendal Peizerat        	FRA     	12              1
7.      Sylwia Nowak/Sebastian Kolasinski       	POL     	12              2
8.      Elena Grushina/Ruslan Goncharov 		UKR     	10              2
9.      Anna Semenovich/Vladimir Fedorov        	RUS     	10              2
10.     Galit Chait/Sergey Sakhnovsky   		ISR     	8               2
11.     Naomi Lang/Peter Tchernyshev    		USA     	8               2
12.     Kati Winkler/Rene Lohse 			GER     	7               1       
13.     Tatiana Navka/Roman Kostomarov  		RUS     	7               1
14.     Albena Denkova/Maxim Staviyski  		BUL     	7               2
15.     Chantal Lefebvre/Michel Brunet  		CAN     	6               2
16.     Olga Sharutenko/Dmitri Naumkin  		RUS     	5               2
17.     Marie-France Dubreuil/Patrice Lauzon    	CAN     	4               2
18.     Isabelle Delobel/Olivier Schoenfelder   	FRA     	4               2
19.     Eve Chalom/Mathew Gates 			USA     	2               1
20.     Dominique Deniaud/Martial Jaffredo      	FRA     	2               2
21.     Eliane Hugentobler/Daniel Hugentobler   	SUI     	1               1
22.     Angelika Fuehring/Bruno Ellinger        	AUT     	1               2
23.     Stephanie Rauer/Thomas Rauer    		GER     	1               2
23.     Debbie Koegei/Oleg Fediukov     		USA     	1               1

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