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Friday, Nov. 25
6:00 a.m.: Ladies short program
7:35 a.m.: Pairs short program
9:45 a.m.: Men’s short program
11:20 a.m.: Short dance
Saturday, Nov. 26
5:00 a.m.: Ladies free skate
6:45 a.m.: Pairs free skate
8:25 a.m.: Men’s free skate
10:25 a.m.: Free dance
From Russia With Love – Rachael Flatt competes at Rostelecom Cup for first time since winning silver in 2008. She began the season at Skate Canada.
Senior Year – Christina Gao continues her first international senior season in Moscow. She opened the year with a fi fth-place showing at Cup of China.
Step Up – Agnes Zawadaki looks to make a step up onto the podium this year in Russia. She finished fourth at this event a season ago. Zawadzki began the 2011-12 campaign at NHK Trophy two weeks ago.
Go for the Gold – Jeremy Abbott looks for his second gold of the season after winning Cup of China in early November. Abbott is the reigning Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist and competes here for the third time (4th in 2008). A medal of any color will allow Abbott to qualify for the 2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in December, an event he won in 2008.
Back in Action – Brandon Mroz started the season at NHK Trophy a few weeks ago where he landed the first ever quad Lutz in an ISU competition during the short program. He competes in Russia for the first time since placing seventh at this event in 2009.
First Timers – Ashley Cain & Joshua Reagan make their Grand Prix Series Debut in Moscow. The 2011 U.S. junior champions started the season by finishing fourth at 2011 Cup of Nice. They have not competed in Russia before.
Streaking – Meryl Davis & Charlie White look to make it eight straight gold medals with a win in Moscow. Dating back to the beginning of the 2010 Grand Prix season, the duo has won seven straight competitons. They are the reigning Grand Prix Final champions and a medal here will earn them a fourth trip to the Final.
Last Week – Alissa Czisny qualified for the Grand Prix Final thanks to a third-place finish. Czisny is the reigning Grand Prix champion. Adam Rippon and Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig finished fourth while Madison Chock & Evan Bates placed fifth.