One hour before noon first tones sounded in OSTRAVAR arena and Polish skater Coette Coco Kaminska opened the short program of ISU European Championships 2017 in Ostrava.
The short program was overlured by Russians Evgenia Medvedeva and Anna Pogorilaya who, together with the five times European champion Caroline Kostner from Italy, have the best starting position for Friday free skating. Also Czech skater Michaela Lucie Hanzlíková advanced to the final. She finished on the nice 15th place at her first senior championships. She received 52,39 points that is her new personal best. “It is amazing, my dream came true. Two months ago I didn’t even got these dreams, I just wanted to have a good performace at Czech championships and now this happens,” Hanzlíková said.
The fight for the medals promises kind of drama. Four points leads of Evgenia Medvedeva seems quite comfortable, but her opponents will not give up. “My performance was good but I expected even higher scores. But I am satisfied and I do hope to show my best in the free program,” said last year world champion Medveděva.
Anna Pogorilaya also commented her performace. “It was my best performance so I am satisfied with the result. It was emotional, well executed and technically good. I am ready for the free skate.”
Italian Caroline Kostner was also satisfied with her performance although her reasons are a bit different. “It was better than I expected. Lot of things has changed during those two years I’d been gone. But the most important is still the same – the love for this sport.”
Results of the short program are HERE.