The ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2011 continued in Bern, Switzerland, on Tuesday with the Preliminary Round for Ladies. The Preliminary Rounds take place before the official competition starts. In total 28 Men and Ladies (18 Direct entries and 10 Preliminary Round entries), 18 Pair Skating couples (12 Direct entries and 6 Preliminary Round entries) and 20 Ice Dance couples (12 Direct entries and 8 Preliminary Round entries) compete in the Short Program/Short Dance. As there are 16 entries in the Pairs event in total, no Preliminary Round is necessary.
Ladies, Preliminary Round
20 Ladies couples competed in the Preliminary Round in the PostFinance Arena. Ira Vannut of Belgium followed her teammate Jorik Hendrickx in winning the Preliminary Round. Maé-Bérénice Meité of France came second and Italy’s Alice Garlisi finished third.
Vannut put out a dynamic performance to “Children of Dune” and landed three clean triples, but a Lutz and a Flip were underrotated. The layback spin was graded a level four and the two other spins a level three. The Belgian Champion scored 90.98 points. “Somehow it was the same as every other competition for me, I did the same program, just the ice rink is so big here”, Vannut said referring to the fact that she debuts at the European Championships. “My goal was to get through the preliminary round, now we do it step by step”, she added.
Meité’s Flamenco program included five triple jumps, but some landings were shaky. The Frenchwoman earned 87.10 points. “I’m quite pleased. It wasn’t perfect and there are things that I can improve. Skating in the preliminaries was a very good preparation for me for the rest of the competition. You can show your program in front of the judges. Now I want to take what I learned from here to the short program”, the 16-year-old explained.
Garlisi produced a triple toe-double toe combination, a triple Salchow-double toe as well as two level-four spins but doubled a few jumps in the second half of her program. She earned 78.81 points.
The ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2011 officially open on Wednesday with the Short Dance and the Pairs Short Program. For more information, full entry lists and results please see: www.isu.org and http://www.euroskate2011.com/en/news
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