ISU European Figure Skating Championships are coming back to the Czech Republic after an 18-year break. There will be four days of competitions in Ostrava, followed by the final exhibition on Sunday, but you can see even more.
Since Monday, January 23the visitors can even watch practices sessions of all the figure skaters, including the reigning champions as Spaniard Javier Fernández, Russian Evgenia Medvedeva, or five-time European champion Carolina Kostner, the best Czech skater Michal Brezina and many others.
And how can you see the practice sessions?
Holders of all event tickets can enter all the practice sessions at the main rink for free. If you have only a day ticket, you can buy separate ticket for practice in the main rink purchased at cashier of OSTRAVAR ARÉNA on a day of practice for 50, – CZK. Even in case you don´t have any competition ticket you can buy the practice ticket for 50, – CZK at cashier of OSTRAVAR ARÉNA.
The last ISU European Figure Skating Championships in the Czech Republic were held in Prague in 1999. All four gold medals were won by Russian figure skaters and the home Czech team gained the only one place in TOP10 (Pairs category). A national team of seven Czech skater will try to break the home statistic in Ostrava.
Michal Březina, the bronze medaillist from ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb in 2013 will be accompanied by 17-year-old Jiří Bělohradský in Men´s category. Newly crowned Czech figure skating queen, 17-year-old Michaela Lucie Hanzlíková will represent Czech Republic in Ladies category for the first time at ISU European Figure Skating Championships as well as the reigning Junior World Champions in pairs category Anna Dušková, Martin Bidař. And the last but not least – dance couple Cortney Mansour and Michal Češka already looks forward to the event in Ostrava.