Want to see the best figure skaters from across Europe compete before the 2022 Winter Olympics?
The European Figure Skating Championships will be broadcast on peacock and fuboTV Saturday January 15. International superstars like Russia’s Anna Scherbakova, Alexandra Trusova and Kamila Valiyeva take to the ice this weekend to show off their latest routines.
The event takes place at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia.
saturday january 15
- Free Dance, 6:35 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET
- Women’s free skate, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
- How to watch: PaonTV Where fuboTV
More from the PA:
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Kamila Valieva bettered her own world best score in the women’s short program to take the lead Thursday at the European Figure Skating Championships.
It was another successful day for Russia, who also took the podium in the pairs event.
Valieva, 15, widely seen as the leading contender for the Olympic title next month, landed four triple jumps, including a triple axel, and scored 90.45 points to lead by 14.
Skating to “In Memoriam” in a program dedicated to her late grandmother, Valieva beat the previous best of 87.42 she set at the Russian round of the Grand Prix series in November.
Valieva won the world junior title at the same venue in March 2020, days before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down sports around the world, and said Thursday “it was like I never left “.
As well as continuing her unbeaten record in international competition, Valieva is focused on preventing a viral infection ahead of next month’s Olympics.
“We try to wear masks all the time and we try not to go to crowded places,” she said. “Sometimes it happens, but even if it happens I try to protect myself as much as possible.”
Loena Hendrickx of Belgium took a surprise second place score of 76.25 to prevent Russia from taking the top three spots, as they did in the men’s and pairs short programs on Wednesday. Free skating is Saturday.
Alexandrova Trusova is in third place with 75.13 after recovering from a fall on her opening triple axis, and Anna Shcherbakova scored 69.05 for fourth after a costly fall on the first jump of this which should have been a triple-triple combination.
Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov added European gold to their world championship title with a landslide victory in the pair free skating, ahead of a much-anticipated Olympic showdown with China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong.
Mishina and Galliamov led the short program and scored 157.46 points in a clear skate for a total of 239.82, finishing three points ahead of teammates Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov.
The winners of the last European championship in 2020, Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii, completed the Russian sweep in 227.23. Underlining Russia’s dominance in the pairs event, a 43-point gap separated them from fourth-placed Georgians Karina Safina and Luka Berulava.