The Russian federation will announce the 2022 Olympic Winter Games team following the 2022 European Championships.
The 2022 Russian Championships take place in St. Petersburg, Dec. 22-26. This competition is the primary qualifying event for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, European and World Championships teams. Russia can field three entries in all four disciplines in Beijing.
Skaters qualified for nationals by competing at two stops on the Russian Cup series, the Russian Cup final and/or at international competitions such as the Grand Prix Series.
The women′s competition will have the attention of the entire skating world with five top contenders vying for the three spots in Beijing. Kamila Valieva and Anna Shcherbakova both won two Grand Prix titles this season; Elizaveta Tuktamysheva finished second at both her assignments; Alexandra Trusova won Skate America but was forced to skip her second assignment due to injury; and Maiia Khromykh and Alena Kostornaia both finished second and third at their respective events. Kostornaia was forced to withdraw from this competition after suffering a fracture to her right wrist that will take six to eight weeks to heal. Anastasiia Guliakova, the first alternate, was assigned in her place, but she too has withdrawn due to an ankle injury. Arina Onishchenko has replaced her.
While there are a number of contenders aiming for a step on the men′s podium, this will be Mikhail Kolyada′s competition to lose. That seems unlikely given the results of the other men who will be chasing a top three finish in St. Petersburg, which includes Evgeni Semenenko, Petr Gumennik, Dmitri Aliev and Andrei Mozalev. Daniil Samsonov has withdrawn as he continues to recover from Osgood-Schlatter’s disease. Artem Kovalev, the first alternate for the Junior Grand Prix Final, replaced Samsonov.
Four pairs teams will be in a battle for a top-three finish: Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov, Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, and Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin. Alina Pepeleva and Roman Pleshkov have withdrawn. He has a knee injury and is not permitted to start jumping until January.
In ice dance, Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov are a shoe-in for gold ahead of Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin. Tiffani Zagorski and Johnathan Guerreiro have been sidelined all season with illness and injury, so it is not possible to assess their readiness for this competition. Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko withdrew for undisclosed medical reasons.
Russia′s national network Channel 1 will live stream the official draw, the competition and behind the scenes vignettes on its website. Ted Barton will once again host the English commentary on the network′s YouTube channel (available worldwide).
In 2018, the Russian federation amended its senior eligibility rules to permit the top junior skaters — who will be age eligible for the senior level the following season — to compete at senior nationals in the current season.
This competition overlaps with the 2021 All Japan Championships (link below).
START ORDERS/RESULTS (English)
START ORDERS/RESULTS (Russian)
CHANNEL 1 LIVE STREAM (Russian)
JSPORTS LIVE STREAM (Japan)
CHANNEL 1 YOUTUBE STREAMS/SCHEDULE (English Commentary)
OFFICIAL DRAW — LIVE STREAM Dec. 22 at 7:25 p.m. (LISTINGS ARE ST. PETERSBURG TIME)
|Dec. 23 – LIVE STREAM|
13:10 – Men′s Short
16:00 – Rhythm Dance
18:15 – Opening Ceremony
19:00 – Pairs Short
Dec. 24 – LIVE STREAM
12:40 – Free Dance
15:10 – Men′s Free
18:15 – Women′s Short
Dec. 25 – LIVE STREAM
Dec. 26 – LIVE STREAM
12:55 – Medal Ceremonies
2021 ALL JAPAN CHAMPIONSHIPS