ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2010 Day Five
The competition of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2010 concluded in Tallinn, Estonia, on Friday with the Ladies Short Program and the Free Dance.
Approximately 25 000 spectators followed the event at the Saku Suurhall that was sold out on most days.
Carolina Kostner (ITA) skates to third European title
Italy’s Carolina Kostner took her third European title on Saturday in Tallinn. Last year’s champion Laura Lepistö of Finland claimed the silver medal and Elene Gedevanishvili earned the bronze, the first medal at an ISU Figure Skating Championship for Georgia. The three medalists all posted a new seasons best score in the Free Skating.
Overnight leader Kostner hit a triple flip-triple toeloop combination, a triple Lutz and a triple Salchow-double toeloop combination in her flowing routine to “Air” by Bach. The 2009 European silver medalist popped the flip and missed the triple loop, but won the Free Skating clearly with 107.66 points which added up to a total score of 173.46 points. “This competition felt like a liberation for me and I enjoyed skating”, offered Kostner. “The title means the same as the other two, but it was the hardest one for me. Sometimes you forget how difficult it is to skate for the audience and the media and in front of the judges. It was a really good training for my head. I think I did it well. My first emotion was that I felt a little angry, that I popped the flip. The mistake threw me a little off. But in general I’m very pleased. I feel that I’m on the right way and this result here gives me confidence”, she added.
Performing to a Tango selection, Lepistö opened with a solid triple toe-triple toeloop combination and showed strong spins, but made some errors on jumps. The Finnish Champion was ranked third in the Free Skating with 103.41 points, but overall moved up from third to second at 166.37 points. The silver was her third medal at Europeans after the bronze in 2008 and the gold in 2009. “It started very well with my triple-triple combination and I felt really good and comfortable. But then came some double jumps and stupid errors on the landings. It could have been better, but I’m genuinely happy with the silver medal”, Lepistö commented.
Gedevanishvili, who stood in fourth place following the Short Program, put out a dynamic performance to “Carmen”. The Georgian stepped out of her first jump, a triple Lutz, but recovered to nail a triple toe-triple toe-double toe combination, a triple Salchow and three double Axels. Gedevanishvili scored 103.72 points for this performance to pull up to third with a total of 164.54 points. “This is totally unexpected. It means a lot to me. I was very well prepared and I will carry this feeling to the Olympic Games. I am very proud now”, Gedevanishvili said. “I have always wanted to skate to Carmen since I saw (two-time Olympic Champion) Katarina Witt, and this music really fits my personality”, she explained.
Kiira Korpi (FIN) slipped from second to fourth after a few errors (163.68 points). Two-time European silver medalist Sarah Meier (SUI) came in fifth (157.44 points).
The ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2010 conclude Sunday with the Exhibition Gala. For more information, full entry lists and results please see: http://www.isu.org and http://www.euroskate2010.eu
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