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Event Preview: Russians Look To Maintain Dominance

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Noah Bodenstein SUI at the end of his routine on the Malley Ice Rink during the Figure Skating Men’s Single Short Programme at the Lausanne Skating Arena. The Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday 10 January 2020. Photo: OIS/Joe Toth. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC.

The first Figure Skating medals will be on offer on day 3 of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.

Russia is expected to continue their domination of the Figure Skating events at Lausanne 2020. In Pairs, they sit 1, 2 heading into the free program.

The gold medal is Panfilova/Rylov’s medal to lose. They sit 11.29 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Mukhametzianova/Mironov (also of Russia). Mukhametzianova/Mironov finished the short program with 60.45 points. They will look to impress the judges once again, and maintain Russia’s stronghold at the top of the leaderboard.

One of the bigger surprises of the Figure Skating competitions so far is who sits in third place after the short program, Georgia. Georgia finished the short program with 59.14 points, which actually means they are just over 1 point off the silver medal position. Butaeva/Berulava will look to again put on a flawless performance, and challenge the Russian pairs. Their coach is of Russian origin, so might have a trick or two up his sleeve for the free program.

The best of the rest in the short program was the United States. Fleming/Isbell made too many mistakes, and it cost them dearly. They will have to perform extremely well, and hope for some mistakes from the Georgians and Russians, if they wish to win a medal.

Following the conclusion of the Pairs event at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics, the men’s Singles event will take center stage.

After the short program, Russia’s Andrei Mozalev finds himself leading the competition. He scored an outstanding 79.72 points, to get an advantage of 3.1 points over his nearest rival, Danill Samsonov.

Samsonov, the second best Russian after the short program, recovered well from an early mistake in his short program to find himself with a score of 76.62 points. Samsonov has leaded a quad jump before, so he may try to up his difficulty to steal the gold away from Mozalev.

Third after the short program was Yuma Kagiyama of Japan. He also sits within fighting distance of Mozalev (6.96 points behind). He will be hoping for some mistakes from Russians.

Aleksa Rakic, a late substitute to the competition, will try to win a medal for Canada. He sits 2 points behind Kagiyama after the short program where he set his personal best score. He’ll need another personal best score if he wants to figure into the medals.

The Pairs Free Skating will take place at 11:30 local time. You can tune into the Olympic Channel to watch the competition live. The men will follow at 14:00 local time. You can also follow Totallympics Media for our coverage of the events.

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