Alena Kostornaia

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Aliona Kostornaia
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Personal information
Native nameАлёна Сергеевна Косторная (Russian)
Full nameAliona Sergeyevna Kostornaia
Alternative namesAlyona Kostornaya
Country representedRussia Russia
Born (2003-08-24) 24 August 2003 (age 16)
Moscow, Russia
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Height1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
CoachEteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov
Former coachElena Zhgun, Marina Cherkasova
ChoreographerEteri Tutberidze, Daniil Gleikhengauz
Former choreographerSemyon Kaufman
Skating clubSambo 70
Training locationsMoscow
Began skating2007
World standing6 (2019-20)[1]
Season's bests35 (2018–19)[1]

11 (2018–19)[2]

12 (2017–18)[3]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total247.59 (WR)
2019–20 Grand Prix Final
Short program85.45 (WR)
2019–20 Grand Prix Final
Free skate162.14
2019–20 Grand Prix Final

Aliona Sergeyevna Kostornaia (Russian: Алёна Сергеевна Косторная, born 24 August 2003) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2020 European champion, the 2019–20 Grand Prix Final champion, the 2019 Internationaux de France champion, the 2019 NHK Trophy champion and the 2019 CS Finlandia Trophy champion. Competing domestically, she is the 2020 Russian national silver medalist, and a two-time Russian national bronze medalist (2018, 2019).

On the junior level, she is the 2018 Junior World silver medalist, the 2018–19 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, the 2017–18 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist, and a two-time Russian junior national silver medalist (2018, 2019).

Kostornaia is the tenth woman in history to have landed the triple Axel jump in a senior international competition. She is the third woman after teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Rika Kihira of Japan to attempt and land the maximum number of triple jumps allowed in one senior international competition: four in the short program and eight in the long program (see Zayak rule). She first accomplished this at the 2019 Internationaux de France, and later landed all twelve triples cleanly at the 2019–20 Grand Prix Final.[4][5]

She currently holds the world records for the highest total and short program scores, as well as the junior world record for the highest short program score, in ladies' skating.

Kostornaia is currently the sixth highest ranked ladies' singles skater in world by the International Skating Union following the 2019-20 figure skating season.

Personal life[edit]

Kostornaia was born on 24 August 2003 in Moscow to parents Sergei and Tatiana. She has a younger brother, Stepan.[6] Although she registers her name as "Alena" with the ISU, Kostornaia uses the romanization of "Aliona" on her official Instagram account.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kostornaia began learning to skate in 2007.[6] From 2012 to 2017, she was coached by Elena Zhgun in Moscow.[7]

Kostornaia had an injury in 2016.[citation needed] She finished 16th at the 2017 Russian Junior Championships. Eteri Tutberidze and Sergei Dudakov became her coaches in 2017.[7]

2017–2018 season: Junior international debut[edit]

Kostornaia's international debut came in early October 2017 at a 2017–18 ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) competition in Gdansk, Poland; ranked first in the short program and second in the free skate, she won the gold medal by a margin of 1.36 points over the silver medalist, her teammate and training partner Daria Panenkova.[8] She won silver behind Sofia Samodurova at JGP Italy by a margin of 0.04 points.[9] Her placements qualified her for the 2017–18 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, where she won silver, placing second in the short program, and first in the free skate. On the senior level, Kostornaia won bronze at the 2018 Russian Figure Skating Championships. She later won silver at the 2018 Russian Junior Championships behind teammate Alexandra Trusova by a margin of 0.58 points.

In March 2018, Kostornaia competed at the 2018 World Junior Championships. She placed second in the short program and the free skate, winning the silver medal behind Trusova.

2018–2019 season[edit]

Kostornaia (center) with her coaches at the 2019 Russian Championships.

Kostornaia had learned to perform a triple Axel in the preceding year, and had originally planned to introduce it into competition. However, she lost the jump following growth during the offseason.[10] Kostornaia started her season by competing in the 2018 JGP series. At her first JGP event of the season, she won the gold medal in Linz, Austria. She was ranked first in both the short program and the free skate and won the gold medal by a margin of more than 11 points over the silver medalist, her teammate Alena Kanysheva.[11]

She skated her second JGP event of the season at JGP Ostrava, where she was again ranked first in both the short program and the free skate. She won the gold medal by a margin of about 2 points over the silver medalist, Kim Ye-lim.[12] With two JGP victories, she qualified for the 2018–19 Junior Grand Prix Final, where she won the gold medal after placing first in both the short program and the free skate. She outscored her teammate and training partner Trusova by about 2.5 points. At this event, Kostornaia scored her personal best score of 217.98 points and she also set a new junior-level ladies' record for the short program (76.32 points).[13][10]

At the 2019 Russian Championships, Kostornaia placed third in the short program due to a fall during her step sequence, which she attributed to being "too relaxed" as she was nearing the end of the program and had already completed all of her jumping passes.[14] She then placed third in the free skate as well, winning her second consecutive national bronze medal.[15]

Kostornaia participated in the 2019 Russian Junior Championships, where she won the short program and placed second in the free skate. She was ranked second overall, winning her second consecutive junior national silver medal. After the event, she was named to the Russian team for the 2019 World Junior Championships along with training mates Trusova and Anna Shcherbakova. However, on March 4, the first day of the event, Kostornaia withdrew from the competition due to a medical condition, subsequently revealed by choreographer Daniil Gleikhengauz to be a leg inflammation that would require four weeks away from training. She was replaced by Ksenia Sinitsyna.[16]

2019–2020 season: Senior international debut and European title[edit]

For her programs, Kostornaia retained her short program from the previous season, and revised a Twilight-themed exhibition program from the previous year to serve as her free skate, citing how much she enjoyed skating it.[17] Shortly after debuting her programs at the Russian test skates, Kostornaia resumed training the triple Axel jump.[18] Kostornaia began her season at the 2019 CS Finlandia Trophy, marking her senior international debut, where she placed first in both the short program and free skate segments of the event. She incorporated two triple Axels in her free skate, becoming the tenth woman in history to land the jump in an international competition, and earned a total combined score of 234.84, 22.31 points ahead of silver medalist Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.[19]

Kostornaia (center) with Alina Zagitova (left) and Mariah Bell (right) at the 2019 Internationaux de France medal ceremony.

Making her senior Grand Prix debut at the 2019 Internationaux de France, Kostornaia ranked first in the short program, incorporating a triple Axel into it for the first time.[20] She then became the fourth woman ever, after Mao Asada, Rika Kihira and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, to land two fully rotated triple Axels in a free skate, placing first in the segment with a personal best score of 159.45 points. She took the gold medal over training mate and reigning World and Olympic champion Alina Zagitova by a margin of 19.94 points.[17] At the 2019 NHK Trophy, Kostornaia performed a clean short program with a successful triple Axel to place first in that segment, 5.15 points over Rika Kihira, who also landed a triple Axel, and set a new world record score of 85.04 for the ladies' short program at the senior level.[21] In the free, she again placed first and became the champion with a personal best total score of 240.00. Kostornaia thus became the top qualifier for the Grand Prix Final in Torino, with two gold medal finishes and 30 points overall.[22]

At the 2019–20 Grand Prix Final, she topped her own world record by scoring 85.45 in the short program, placing first.[23] In spite of having the only clean free skate amongst the ladies, Kostornaia ranked second in that segment, 0.51 point behind teammate Anna Shcherbakova. However, her lead from the short program was enough not only to win her the title by almost 7 points over Shcherbakova, but also to help her break the world record for the combined total score in ladies' singles skating, previously held by Alexandra Trusova. She became the fifth figure skater in any discipline to win the Junior Grand Prix Final and Grand Prix Final in consecutive years.[24]

Kostornaia competed next at the 2020 Russian National championships, where she again won the short program, setting a ten-point lead over second-place Anna Shcherbakova.[25] However, she made mistakes in the free skate, with imperfect landings on her double Axel and triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and placed second in that segment to become the national silver medalist, two points behind Shcherbakova. This result secured her a spot in the European and World teams.[26]

At the 2020 European Championships, Kostornaia was in the lead following a clean short program.[27] She placed second in the free skate behind Shcherbakova, receiving a deduction for falling on her last jumping pass, a triple lutz, but still scored enough to claim the European title by three points. Upon being interviewed after her victory, she expressed surprise at the results, as she had not expected to win in light of her mistake.[28]

After the 2020 World Championships were cancelled over concern about the COVID-19 pandemic, Kostornaia officially ended her season, having gone undefeated at every international competition of her senior debut.

Public life[edit]

In February 2020, Kostornaia was awarded the Silver Doe Prize and named the best athlete of 2019 by the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia.[citation needed]

In April 2020, Kostornaia was listed as a nominee for Forbes Russia 30 under 30 2020 list.

Programs[edit]

Kostornaia performing a Biellmann spin at the 2017-2018 Junior Grand Prix Final.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[29]

Twilight


2018–2019
[30]

Romeo and Juliet


2017–2018
[6]

  • Carmen
    performed by Moscow Virtuosi Chamber
2016–2017
  • Carmen
    performed by Moscow Virtuosi Chamber
    choreo. by Semyon Kaufman
2015–2016
[31][32]
  • Carmen
    performed by Moscow Virtuosi Chamber
    choreo. by Semyon Kaufman
2014–2015
[33][34]

Records and achievements[edit]

World record scores[edit]

Alena currently holds the senior world record for the short program and the total score.

Ladies' short program
Date Score Event Note
6 December 2019 85.45 2019–20 Grand Prix Final Current world record.
22 November 2019 85.04 2019 NHK Trophy
Ladies' total score
Date Score Event Note
7 December 2019 247.59 2019–20 Grand Prix Final Current world record.

Junior world record scores[edit]

Alena has set the junior world record scores 2 times under the current +5 / -5 GOE (Grade of Execution) system.

Junior ladies' short program
Date Score Event Note
6 December 2018 76.32 2018–19 JGP Final Current junior world record.
Junior ladies' free program
Date Score Event Note
1 September 2018 132.42 2018 JGP Austria This record was later broken by Alexandra Trusova at 2018 JGP Lithuania

Historical world record scores[edit]

Note: Because of the introduction of the new +5 / -5 GOE (Grade of Execution) system which replaced the previous +3 / -3 GOE system, ISU has decided that all statistics start from zero for the season 2018-19. All previous records are now historical.[35]

Historical junior ladies' short program
Date Score Event Note
7 December 2017 71.65 2017–18 JGP Final Kostornaia broke Alina Zagitova's record from December 2016.

Competitive highlights[edit]

Kostornaia (left) with Alexandra Trusova (center) and Mako Yamashita (right) at the 2018 World Junior Championships podium

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[36]
Event 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds C
Europeans 1st
GP Final 1st
GP France 1st
GP NHK Trophy 1st
CS Finlandia 1st
International: Junior[36]
Junior Worlds 2nd WD
JGP Final 2nd 1st
JGP Austria 1st
JGP Czech Republic 1st
JGP Italy 2nd
JGP Poland 1st
National[7]
Russian Champ. 3rd 3rd 2nd
Russian Junior Champ. 16th 2nd 2nd
TBD = Assigned; C = Event cancelled

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Personal bests highlighted in bold. World record scores are italicized.

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
24–25 January 2020 2020 European Championships 1
84.92
2
155.89
1
240.81
26–29 December 2019 2020 Russian Championships 1
89.86
2
169.97
2
259.83
5–8 December 2019 2019–20 Grand Prix Final 1
85.45
2
162.14
1
247.59
22–24 November 2019 2019 NHK Trophy 1
85.04
1
154.96
1
240.00
1–3 November 2019 2019 Internationaux de France 1
76.55
1
159.45
1
236.00
11–13 October 2019 2019 CS Finlandia Trophy 1
77.25
1
157.59
1
234.84

Junior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Current ISU world bests highlighted in bold and italic. Previous ISU world best highlighted in bold. Historical ISU world best highlighted in bold and italic. Personal bests highlighted in italic.

Alena Kostornaia performs her short program at the 2019 Russian Figure Skating Championships
2018–19 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
1–4 February 2019 2019 Russian Junior Championships Junior 1
79.97
2
150.82
2
230.79
19–23 December 2018 2019 Russian Championships Senior 3
74.40
3
152.14
3
226.54
6–9 December 2018 2018–19 JGP Final Junior 1
76.32
1
141.66
1
217.98
26–29 September 2018 2018 JGP Czech Republic Junior 1
70.24
1
128.14
1
198.38
29 Aug. – 1 Sept. 2018 2018 JGP Austria Junior 1
71.08
1
132.42
1
203.50
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
5–11 March 2018 2018 World Junior Championships Junior 2
71.63
2
135.76
2
207.39
23–26 January 2018 2018 Russian Junior Championships Junior 3
69.88
1
141.63
2
211.51
21–24 December 2017 2018 Russian Championships Senior 4
73.59
4
142.98
3
216.57
7–10 December 2017 2017–18 JGP Final Junior 2
71.65
1
132.93
2
204.58
11–14 October 2017 2017 JGP Italy Junior 1
67.72
2
124.43
2
192.15
4–7 October 2017 2017 JGP Poland Junior 1
69.16
2
128.75
1
197.91
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
1–5 February 2017 2017 Russian Junior Championships Junior 12
57.77
16
103.48
16
161.25

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External links[edit]

World Record Holders
Preceded by
Russia Anna Shcherbakova
Ladies' Free Skating
1 September 2018 – 7 September 2018
Succeeded by
Russia Alexandra Trusova
Preceded by
Japan Rika Kihira
Ladies' Short Program
22 November 2019 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Russia Alexandra Trusova
Ladies' Total Score
7 December 2019 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
World Junior Record Holders
Preceded by
Russia Alexandra Trusova
Ladies' Junior Short Program
6 December 2018 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Russia Anna Shcherbakova
Ladies' Junior Free Skating
1 September 2018 – 7 September 2018
Succeeded by
Russia Alexandra Trusova
Historical World Junior Record Holders (before season 2018–19)
Preceded by
Russia Alina Zagitova
Ladies' Junior Short Program
7 December 2017
Succeeded by
Russia Alexandra Trusova