The Russian figure skating star will appear at an event in Saransk later in March
Kamila Valieva is set to return in her homeland. © Liu Lu / VCG via Getty Images
Kamila Valieva will return to the ice at Russia’s Channel One Cup, held in the city of Saransk later this month, organizers have announced. It will mark a comeback for the teenage star after her ordeal at the Beijing Olympics.
Valieva, 15, was named among the participants for the event alongside Anna Shcherbakova, who claimed gold in the women’s singles event in Beijing in February, and fan favorite Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.
The dates of the show will coincide with those of the ISU World Figure Skating Championship being held in Montpellier, France, where Russian stars have been banned due to events in Ukraine.
The Channel One Cup will split competitors into two teams – ‘Red Machine’ and ‘Time of the First’ – who will perform short and free programs in the men’s and women’s singles event, as well pairs and ice dancing.
The winners will be determined in line with the same system used in the Olympic team event, with the judging carried out based on current ISU criteria.
Team captains and members will be decided closer to the show, with former Olympic heroes Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva serving among the hosts.