Figure Skating Europeans: Day 3

January 27, 2013 9:56 am

Carolina Kostner Falls

Day 3 of the European Championships went by in graceful postures and pastel colours, with the determined performances being at times more memorable than the ones that took the lead. Carolina Kostner surprised us with a fall while dancing to A Transylvanian Lullaby, yet the current World and European champion still secured a second place. In first place is Russian Junior gold and bronze medallist, Sotnikova, who showed determination and excitement while skating to Cappriccio Espagnol. Italian Marchei is 9 points away in third place having skated to Esperanza. The real thrill was seeing some sibling rivalry as Joshi and Viktoria Helgesson skated one after the other with the younger sister, beating her more experienced one with a better technical score. Both their performances were inspiring and brought a little excitement to the competition, although Joshi went for a mysterious-and-spooky-style skating to a selection from Cirque du Solei, while Viktoria went sassy and feisty to Poinchiana.

Zhiganshina and Gazsi zombies

Medals were awarded in Ice Dance with no surprises or changing in the ranking. Ilinykh and Katsalapov celebrated, prematurely, their win on the night with music from The Ghost that still placed them second overall. With only 33 points ahead, Russian team mates, Boborova and Soloviev, skated to gold with a fun and grabbing free skate to Man with a Harmonica. In third were the Italian, Cappellini and Lanotte, with selections from Carmen. Still, the most thrilling, scary and impressive–and capturing the gist of figure skating as a performing sport–were the Germans, Zhiganshina and Gazsi, dressed up as zombies, acting as zombies, dancing to Zombies, that put them in 6th place.

Medals are decided for men and ladies today.

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