Sofia Biryukova – Premiere

Review by Vladislav Luchianov

Just gorgeous, in my opinion, was the first start at the senior’s Grand Prix for the Russia’s Sofia Biryukova. Despite the fact that usually a debut at the home ice arena can be difficult, Sofia looked very confident on the ice.

In her short program at Cup of Russia Sofia showed just a wonderful short program! Let’s start with the fact that for this program, to the music of Giacomo Puccini, was perfectly matched the dress and related accessories. Who watched the opera “Tosca” in the theatre knows what I mean. Special attention is given great choreography which fully has embodied the idea of a musical composition.

Sofia was in image of performance throughout all the program, from the first second until the final chord. The girl in the debut performance looked very relaxed that was perfectly combined with grace and high level of execution of the difficult technical elements. It is possible to tell with confidence that the debut of this talented young skater at the big competitions has gone very well.

Cup of Russia – Sofia Biryukova, short program

Cup of Russia short program’s results (top five):


1 Akiko SUZUKI JPN 57.43
2 Agnes ZAWADZKI USA 56.84
3 Ashley WAGNER USA 56.17
4 Sofia BIRYUKOVA RUS 54.99
5 Miki ANDO JPN 54.00


1 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 61.91
2 Narumi TAKAHASHI / Mervin TRAN JPN 55.90
3 Katarina GERBOLDT / Alexander ENBERT RUS 53.62
4 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA 52.58
5 Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS CAN 51.67


1 Patrick CHAN CAN 81.96
2 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 77.61
3 Tomas VERNER CZE 74.10
4 Artur GACHINSKI RUS 72.41
5 Alban PREAUBERT FRA 70.50

Ice Dance:

1 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 60.80
2 Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALI ITA 57.65
3 Nora HOFFMANN / Maxim ZAVOZIN HUN 57.24
4 Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOV RUS 51.97
5 Madison HUBBELL / Keiffer HUBBELL USA 50.59

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