Ready, Steady, Skate! 2015 Rostelecom Cup is about to begin

Only a couple of hours separate us from the debut of this year’s edition of Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. Until Short Dance starts (15:00, local time), here’s a few glimpses from yesterday’s practice, starting dancers, men, pair skaters. May we all have a wonderful Grand Prix event; the official hashtags are: #CoR15 and #GPMoscow. And don’t forget to pay us a visit from time to time: tons of great photos will follow…

Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin  practicing their "Frida" free dance in Moscow

Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin practicing their “Frida” free dance in Moscow

Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin, one of the three ice dance couples from Russia competing in 2015 Rostelecom Cup; here they are, practicing their wonderful Art Nouveau free dance

Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin, one of the three ice dance couples from Russia competing in 2015 Rostelecom Cup; here they are, practicing their wonderful Art Nouveau free dance

Beautiful, serene: Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov during practice, at 2015 Rostelecom Cup

Beautiful, serene: Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov during practice, at 2015 Rostelecom Cup

Ivan Righini, ready to take the ice for men's practice in Moscow

Ivan Righini, ready to take the ice for men’s practice in Moscow

Canada's Nam Nguyen during practice in Moscow

Canada’s Nam Nguyen during practice in Moscow

A calm, confident Adam Rippon during practice at 2015 Rostelecom Cup

A calm, confident Adam Rippon during practice at 2015 Rostelecom Cup

Ivan Righini on the ice of Luzhniki arena in Moscow

Ivan Righini on the ice of Luzhniki arena in Moscow

Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek during practice in Moscow; confidence seems to be one of their fortes

Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek during practice in Moscow; confidence seems to be one of their fortes

9 Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek 2015 CoR practice

2015 Cup of China's champions, Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov, during practice in Moscow

2015 Cup of China’s champions, Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov, during practice in Moscow