On the podium for the past six years at the European Figure Skating Championships, Carolina Kostner took her fourth gold today, winning her second big title of the season after taking the Grand Prix Final in December. Finland’s Kiira Korpi maintained her position after the short program to take the silver.
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In the lead after the short program, Kostner is continuing to take a technically conservative approach to her free skate, opting to not include a triple lutz. But she was steady throughout, hitting five triples to win the event by over 16 points.
With a previous best third-place finish twice at Europeans, including last season, Korpi started her free skate with a triple toe-triple toe. But she had her first triple loop called underrotated and had her second triple loop completely invalidated because she had already repeated two other triple jumps in her free skate. The rules in the free skate stipulate that one two triple jumps can be done more than once. But she was still able to hold on to finish with the silver medal.
Third after the short program, 2010 European bronze medalist Elene Gedevanishvili hit a sky-high triple lutz-double toe at the start of her short program and hit three more clean triples. Her 165.93 was just one point behind Korpi.
Skating early in the free skate, Russia’s Polina Korobeynikova was the only skater in the field to hit seven triples, opening with a solid triple flip-triple toe. Her free skate, judged second-best amongst the 24 skaters, was the most technically difficult of any of the ladies at Europeans, catapulting her from 12th to finish in fourth place overall.
Sweden’s Viktoria Helgesson finished in fifth.
LADIES (final standings)
1. Carolina Kostner ITA – 183.55
2. Kiira Korpi FIN – 166.94
3. Elene Gedevanishvili GEO – 165.93
4. Polina Korobeynikova RUS – 164.13
5. Viktoria Helgesson SWE – 160.82
6. Ksenia Makarova RUS – 159.59
7. Alena Leonova RUS – 158.78
8. Valentina Marchei ITA – 146.84
9. Yretha Silete FRA – 145.50
10. Joshi Helgesson SWE – 145.50
11. Elena Glebova EST – 141.92
12. Natalie Popova UKR – 138.60
13. Mae Berenice Meite FRA – 137.33
14. Monika Simancikova SVK – 136.79
15. Sonia Lafuente ESP – 133.64
16. Alina Fjodorova LAT – 133.48
17. Juulia Turkkila FIN – 130.33
18. Jenna McCorkell GBR – 125.41
19. Isabelle Pieman BEL – 122.13
20. Romy Buhler SUI – 121.25
21. Myriam Leuenberger SUI – 117.73
22. Nathalie Weinzierl GER – 115.89
23. Francesca Rio ITA – 108.66
24. Karina Johnson DEN – 92.12
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