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Figure Skating - 28. January 2008.

ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2008 - Zagreb (CRO) Day 4

Ladies, Short Program

The Ladies’ event kicked off with the Short Program. All 40 Ladies competed in the Short Program, and the top 24 advanced to the final Free Skating. Carolina Kostner of Italy captured the lead ahead of Finland’s Kiira Korpi and Laura Lepistö.

Performing to “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors, Kostner nailed a huge triple flip-triple toe combination, but then doubled her Lutz. She went on to complete a double Axel and a level-four flying sit spin as well as difficult footwork, that was graded a level three. The defending European Champion received 59.31 points (31.56 element score/27.75 program component score). “I had a great skate, but I made some small mistakes. You have to concentrate. I hope to do better tomorrow”, Kostner commented. “We were looking at different pieces of music with my choreographer and the first time we listened to it, it stayed in our hand, because it was strange (different). At the end I had three choices and I said, I’ll go to bed and I’ll choose the one that will be in my head when I wake up, and it was this one”, she answered when asked about her choice of music.

Korpi gave a solid short program to a Tango named “Triunfal” that included a triple Lutz-double toeloop combination, a triple loop and a double Axel. She got a level four for the flying sit spin and a level three for the combination spin and the footwork, but the spiral sequence was graded only a level one. The reigning European bronze medallist scored 58.60 points (32.14/26.46). “I had a great feeling. I was relaxed. In the warm up I was a bit nervous, there were supporters and noise, but I was prepared for that”, Korpi said. “I gave 110 per cent in the last step sequence. I’m annoyed that I only got a level one for the spiral sequence, maybe I didn’t hold one of the positions long enough. Also two of the spins were a bit slow”, she continued.

Lepistö produced a triple loop, double Axel and high quality spins and spirals in her lyrical routine to “Theme from 1900” by Ennio Morricone, but instead of her planned triple toe-triple toe combination she did only a triple-double. The 19-year-old earned 56.96 points (32.24/24.72). “I was relieved, relaxed, very confident and I had fun out there”, the Finnish Champion told the press. “I’m really annoyed about the combination, but otherwise it was a good skate. In the warm up, I noticed that my legs were shaking, I stepped out of jumps and had bad landings, maybe I was trying too hard. I definitely attempted a triple-triple. In the past competitions I tend to double the second jump even though the first one was good. That annoyed me”, she added.

Reigning European silver medallist Sarah Meier (SUI) is less than a point behind in fourth place at 56.96 points. She landed a triple Lutz-double toe, a double Axel and showed good spins, but she underrotated and stumbled out of a triple Salchow. Julia Sebestyen (HUN) finished fifth. She completed a high triple Lutz-double toe combination and a triple flip, but singled the Axel (55.54 points). Valentina Marchei (ITA) came in sixth with a solid performance (53.69 points).

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