Sofia Biryukova gets second Grand Prix event, replaces Ando

Sofia Biryukova of Russia

Russia’s Sofia Biryukova was added to the ISU list of participants of the Cup of China 2012.

The name of Biryukova appeared among others contenders of Cup of China, which will be held in Shanghai on November 2 – 4, after two-time World champion Miki Ando officially announced her withdraw from that Grand Prix stage as well as from the entire tournament.

Initially, 18-year-old Sofia Biryukova has been assigned just to one Grand Prix stage of this season – NHK Trophy 2012, which will be held in Sendai, Japan from November 23–25, 2012.

In 2010 the student of Viktoria Butsaeva (Volchkova) debuted at Grand Prix stages at the Cup of Russia, where she finished sixth. Last season Biryukova finished fourth at the same competition.

Photo: Mikhail Mokrushin

WFS - An independent online sports magazine