POSTED: Saturday January 24th 2009
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ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2009 Day Five

The competition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2009 concluded Saturday with the Ladies Free Skating in Helsinki, Finland.

Ladies, Free Skating

9980
spectators in the Hartwall Areena followed an exciting Ladies
competition and celebrated Finland’s first European Ladies figure
skating title in history with Laura Lepistö’s win. Defending champion
Carolina Kostner of Italy took the silver medal and Susanna Pöykiö
completed a successful day for the host country with the bronze medal.
It was also the first time that two Finnish Ladies stood on the podium.
All three medalists achieved a new seasons best.

 

Lepistö
had drawn to skate fourth in the final flight. She opened her routine
to “Don Juan de Marco” with a high double Axel, a solid triple
toe-double toe combination, but then popped the Lutz. The reigning
European bronze medallist rallied back to complete a triple loop,
triple loop-double toe combination, a double Axel, triple
Salchow-double toe and two level-four spins. Lepistö earned 110.70
points (52.14 element score/58.56 program component score), which added
up to a total of 167.32 points. When she saw her score, the 20-year-old
covered her face in surprise and delight. She knew she would be on the
podium, but she only knew that he had the gold after teammate Susanna
Pöykiö had skated. “
This feeling
can’t be described. I can’t even start to tell what all is going
through my mind now. I could never have expected this to happen. I had
said my goal is to medal, but that it would be gold, I can’t realize
it”, she said as soon as she knew that she had won. “The audience
exploded, and I myself had this feeling too. Everything erupted at that
moment, it was unbelievable.”

Kostner
turned in a solid performance to “Dumky Trio” by Anton Dvorak that
featured a triple flip-double toe combination, a triple Lutz-double
toe-double loop, a triple loop, Salchow and two double Axel, and she
only doubled her second flip. The two-time European Champion earned
level threes and fours for her spins, steps and spirals, but one spin
didn’t count as it was identified as a second change foot combination
spin (instead of a change foot sit spin). The Italian still won the
Free Skating and improved her previous seasons best significantly with
114.06 points (53.50/60.56). Overall she pulled up from third to second
at 165.42 points. “Each athlete comes here to win, but I couldn’t do it
this time. I’m happy for Laura that she could win in front of her
homecrowd. This must be an amazing feeling. Next year the World
Championships are in my hometown, so I hope I can do the same”, Kostner
commented.

Pöykiö
landed a triple flip-double toe-double loop combination, a triple
Salchow, loop, triple toe-double toe as well as a double Axel, but
doubled the Lutz and the second flip and one toeloop was not fully
rotated and downgraded. Her flying combination spin and the spiral got
a level four while the other two spins were a level three. The 2005
European silver medallist picked up 100.25 points (45.37/54.88) and
returned to the podium with 156.31 points. “
I’m
really pleased about winning the bronze medal, but I could’ve skated
better. I’m disappointed about doing only double Lutz – double toe loop
combination and double flip”, the athlete told the press. “Of course
skating my seasonal best is good, and I can improve from that in my
next competitions. It wasn’t easy skating after her (Lepistö’s) great
performance, I felt a little nervous. I tried to focus on my own things
and not to pay attention to what was going on the ice, but of course I
noticed some of it”, she added.  
 

 

Alena Leonova (RUS) hit six clean triples to move up from 11th
to fourth (143.99 points). Kiira Korpi (FIN), who overcame a painful
fall and crash into the boards in the first seconds of her performance,
came in fifth (139.01 points).

 
For full results please see: www.isu.org.

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