Russia released their preliminary entries for the 2019 World Championships on Monday, designating 2015 world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and double world champion Yevgenia Medvedeva as alternates so far.
Instead, Russia will send Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, new European champion Sofia Samodurova, and Stanislava Konstantinova, who finished fourth at Europeans last month.
Russian media reported that there may still be changes made to the lineup, as there was not adequate time before the conclusion of a Russian selection competition and the entry deadline. Tuktamysheva was also given an assignment to the World University Games, alongside Konstantinova; Medvedeva, who won that selection competition on Saturday, is currently listed as an alternate for that event as well.
The rest of Russia’s lineup includes:
Men: Maxim Kovtun, Mikhail Kolyada, Alexander Samarin
Pairs: Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov; Natalia Zabiyako and Alexander Enbert; and Alexandra Boikova and Dmitri Kozlovsky
Ice dance: Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov; Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin (read NBCSports’ interview with the team here); and Sofia Evdokimova and Igor Bazin
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