Russia is hosting its annual test skates this weekend. The test skates determine who will receive international assignments and who will watch them on television. The on-ice rivalry is at an all-time high at this event with many skaters vying for few spots on the junior and senior Grand Prix circuits, Europeans and Worlds. With the Olympic Winter Games just six months away there is a lot on the line and skating well at this event is paramount.
News sources report that Anna Pogorilaya is experiencing psychological issues related to her performance at the 2017 World Championships and did not skate at this event. Polina Tsurskaya and Alena Leonova (reportedly ill) also did not attend the test skates.
Alina Zagitova, the reigning Junior Grand Prix Final and World Junior champion is moving into the senior ranks this season, which will likely set up a battle between her and Evgenia Medvedeva.
China is also hosting its National Grand Prix. Here are some of the short and long programs from both events.
Evgenia Medvedeva /Long Program
Alina Zagitova/Long Program
Maria Sotskova/Long Program
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva/Long Program
Elena Radionova/Long Program
Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Solovyev – Free Dance
Tiffany Zahorski/Jonathon Guerreiro – Short Dance