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Rostelecom Cup: The Men

The Rostelecom Cup Men’s competition was held in Moscow, Russia, November 14-16, 2014. The event was the fourth in the ISU GP Series.

Short Program Leaders:

  1. Javier Fernandez (ESP)
  2. Sergei Voronov (RUS)
  3. Takahiko Kozuka (JPN)

The musical selections chosen by the top Men was a 50 year-old American R&B classic song sandwiched in between two comic operas.   The three competitors used the newly allowed vocals to enhance the programs.

Javier Fernandez (ESP) earned the highest men’s short program score in the 2014 GP season (93.92). His three clean jumps – 4S, 3Lz+3T, and 3A – earned over 34 points.  Two spins and the footwork were Level4.

The Barber of Seville free skate victory sealed the gold medal. The reining European champion opened with the first of three planned quads – a clean 4T, and then stumbled on the other two. He completed four triples. The program, while choreographically entertaining, lacked a seamless presentation due to the failed jumping passes.

Fernandez moved to Canada in 2011 to train with two-time Olympic silver medalist, Brian Orser. The Madrid native will return to Spain to compete at the GP Final in December.

Sergei Voronov (RUS) placed 2nd in both programs and won the silver medal, his highest finish ever in a GP event.

The highlight of both programs was the opening huge 4T+3T that earned over 16 points in each performance.

The Alexander Zhulin choreographed free program to a medley of songs including, “It’s a Man’s World” by James Brown and “At Last” by Kenny G added five clean triples after the quad combination and a 3A+2T after the midway mark earning 12.35 points. Two spins received Level4.

Vornonov was the oldest Rostelecom Cup men’s competitor at age 27.

Michal Brezina (CZE) moved from 4th to 3rd to win the bronze medal.  His animated interpretation of The Barber of Seville produced six clean triples, including two 3A, one in combination after the midway mark that earned 11.35 points. He completed the 4S+2T for 12.86 points, but fell on the single 4S later in the program.  Two spins earned Level4, the footwork was Level3, and the closing spin only Level1.

“I’m really happy that I finally did what I did the whole summer in practice,” smiled the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist.

Brezina’s family attended the 2014 Rostelecom Cup to also cheer on his younger sister who competed in the ladies division. Rudolf Brezina, the sibling’s father, coaches Eliska Brezinova, who trains part-time in Germany with her brother.

The final men’s placement was determined by the point count, which explains the need to accrue the maximum GOE allowed for each element.

Misha Ge (UZB) was 5th in the short and free programs, but placed 4th overall edging out Jason Brown (USA) who was 7th and 4th and finished 5th.  Takahiko Kozuka plummeted from 3rd in the short to a 7th place free, and placed 6th. Max Aaron (USA) was 6th in both programs, but ended up in 7th place.

The Rostelecom Cup Men will compete next at the following GP event:

  • Sergei Voronov (RUS) – NHK Trophy

Javier Fernandez (ESP) earned a position at the GP Final.

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