Russia’s reigning World Champions Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov shone in the Pairs Short Program at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships Wednesday to take the lead ahead of teammates Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov and Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitri Kozlovskii.
Skating last, Mishina/Galliamov put out the best performance of the day, hitting a triple twist, side by side triple Salchow, throw triple flip, and a level-four lift, spin and death spiral. The Russian Champions, who are competing in their first European Championship, earned 82.36 points, setting a new personal best for themselves.
“We enjoyed our skating. This time it was with the public, we saw the Russian flags and we felt the support. It’s the first competition of this year. I am so happy to skate not just for the people on the TV, it really feels good to skate for people around you and feel their support,” Mishina shared.
Tarasova/Morozov opened their program named “Pygmalion and Galatea” with a set of triple toes and followed up with a triple twist, but Tarasova touched down with her hand on the throw triple loop. The two-time European Champions set a new personal best with 81.58 points.
“We fought today for a clean skate, we didn’t leave a single element. There was a slight mistake on the throw jump. It’s good we concentrated and we did it. The other elements were done well, we got high marks, so it’s nice,” Morozov noted.
Boikova/Kozvlovskii produced a triple twist, throw triple flip and got a level four for four elements. However, she doubled the side by side Salchow. The defending European Champions scored 76.26 points.
“Mistakes happen, the ice is slippery, that’s why it happened that way. That’s all,” Boikova commented. “This day is already over, we’ll start to concentrate on tomorrow’s free skating,” she added.
Rebecca Ghilardi/Filippo Ambrosini (ITA) came fourth at 62.76 points followed by Minerva Fabienne Hase/Nolan Seegert (GER) at 62.21 points. Both couples missed the throw jumps. Karina Safina/Luka Berulava (GEO) are currently ranked sixth (61.93 points).
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The schedule of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2022 is as follows:
Wednesday, January 12: Men and Pairs Short Program, Opening Ceremony
Thursday, January 13: Women’s Short Program, Pairs Free Skating
Friday, January 14: Rhythm Dance, Men’s Free Skating
Saturday, January 15: Free Dance, Women’s Free Skating
Sunday, January 16: Exhibition Gala
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