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Figure Skating - 30. January 2012.

Carolina Kostner (ITA) claims fourth European crown

Carolina Kostner of Italy skated to victory in the Ladies event, taking her fourth European title. Finland's Kiira Korpi earned the silver and Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia captured the bronze.

Kostner landed five solid triples in her routine to Mozart's Concerto No. 23 for Piano and Orchestra and picked up a level four for to spins to score 120.33 points to total 183.55 points. “I am very pleased with the whole week here. I had an awesome feeling on the ice and just hearing the crowd cheer me on, it was amazing. I completely canceled the pressure out of my mind. I am looking for good performances, especially just for myself because this is my 10th European Championship; I've won it three times and in those three times I never had the chance to really enjoy it. That's what I did this whole week and I'm very pleased with how it turned out”, the Grand Prix Final Champion commented.
Korpi opened her program to “I Got Rhythm” by Gershwin with a shaky triple toe-triple toe and completed a tirple Salchow-double toe as well as strong spins, but the second triple loop didn't count as she in total repeaed three triple jumps. The Finn was ranked fourth in the Free Skating with 105.14 points but held on to second place with 166.94 points overall. “The beginning of the program was not so good but then I fought back and the rest of the program was better and I am satisfied with the result”, the 2011 European bronze medalist shared. “I didn't know about the rule which is why I was confused as to why the last triple didn't count. It was a stupid mistake which I must learn from”, she added.

Skating to “The Phantom of the Opera”, Gedevanishvili hit four triples and two double Axels to collect 108.79 points. She moved up from fourth with 165.93 points to return on to the podium. “I think my performance was pretty good. When I ended my performance I was just happy that it was over and that I had been strong enough to hold my programs together. The most important thing for me is that after a long time I enjoyed skating again. I didn't care if I was in fourth or in tenth place. I just enjoyed skating”, the 2010 European bronze medalist explained.

Polina Korobeinikova (RUS) moved up from 12th to fourth with the second best Free Skating of the night. She landed seven triples and scored 164.13 points. Viktoria Helgesson (SWE) placed fifth with a solid performance (160.82 points) while Ksenia Makarova (RUS) slipped from third to sixth at 159.59 points.

The ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2012 conclude Sunday with Exhibition Gala. For more information, full entry lists and results please see: www.isu.org and http://www.europeans2012.co.uk

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