The Russian ladies dominated once again at the European Championships today, January 31, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.The ladies took to the ice for their free skate and brought about quite an intense competition.
The rivalry between Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Elena Radionova continued as these two young Russian ladies battled it out for the gold. Out of the nine events that Elizaveta has competed in this season, she has won seven of them and took the silver in the other two events behind Radionova. Tuktamysheva lost the national title to Radionova, but prevailed against her today, winning her first European Championships.
Both Elizaveta and Elena skated extremely well, as Elena finished only one point behind Elizaveta, settling for the silver. Elena Radionova included two triple-triple combinations, whereas Tuktamysheva only included one triple-triple combo, but her execution and overall quality of her program, along with the component marks, gave her the upper hand, giving her the win.
Capturing the bronze was yet another Russian young lady, Anna Pogorilaya. Anna had a solid skate, yet made some minor mistakes leaving her a bit disappointed with her performance. Pogorilaya finished 18 points behind Elizaveta.
Taking fourth and fifth place were the Helgesson sisters from Sweden. Joshi’s fourth place finish was the highest finish that either of the Helgesson sisters have accomplished at the European Championships. Her sister, Viktoria, finished in fifth place.
The Russian ladies now turn their gaze toward the World Championships with the hope of repeating yet another Russian sweep. The World Championships will take place March 23-29 in Shanghai, China.
Ladies free skate results:
1. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva RUS – 210.40 WATCH NOW
2. Elena Radionova RUS – 209.54 WATCH NOW
3. Anna Pogorilaya RUS – 191.81 WATCH NOW
4. Joshi Helgesson SWE – 169.07 WATCH NOW
5. Viktoria Helgesson SWE – 166.39 WATCH NOW
6. Mae Berenice Meite FRA – 156.47
7. Angelina Kuchvalska LAT – 156.37
8. Roberta Rodeghiero ITA – 154.52
9. Nicole Schott GER – 153.63
10. Laurine Lecavelier FRA – 151.43
11. Nicole Rajicova SVK – 149.44
12. Nathalie Weinzierl GER – 148.78
13. Anastasia Galusyan ARM – 147.18
14. Eveline Brunner SUI – 143.97
15. Eliska Brezinova CZE – 143.05
16. Natalia Popova UKR – 138.27
17. Kerstin Frank AUT – 133.72
18. Sonia Lafuente ESP – 131.60
19. Aleksandra Golovkina LTU – 131.47
20. Fleur Maxwell LUX – 128.47
21. Camilla Gjersem NOR – 128.10
22. Gerli Liinamae EST – 124.31
23. Elene Gedevanishvili GEO – 122.88
WD Kiira Korpi FIN