20 January 2014
Eight medals won by Russian skaters at the European Championship in Hungary
Russian national figure skating team won eight medals at the European Championships, which were held in Budapest. Russian athletes won two gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
Julia Lipnitskaya became European champion in ladies’ singles having scored 209.72 points, while Tatiana Volosozhar – Maxim Trankov won the sports pairs competition — 220.38 points.
It is worth noting that in the pairs figure skating competition the whole podium was occupied by our athletes. Second place was taken by Ksenia Stolbova – Fyodor Klimov – 207.98 points and Vera Bazarova – Yuriy Larionov took the third place with 201.61 points.
Our athletes swept top two places in ladies single skating – Julia Lipnitskaya won the gold medal and Adelina Sotnikova won silver – 202.36 points. Alena Leonova was the fourth with 178.15 points.
In ice dancing Elena Il’inykh – Nikita Katsalapov showed the best result among Russians – they took the second place with 170.51 points. Victoria Sinitsyna and Ruslan Zhiganshin got very close to the top three positions – they finished fourth with 153.73 points. The fifth place was taken by Yekaterina Ryazanova and Ilya Tkachenko – 150.44 points.
In men’s singles Russian figure skaters became the owners of the silver and the bronze medals. The second place went to Sergey Voronov – 252.55 points, and the third place went to Konstantin Menshov – 237.24 points. Maxim Kovtun finished fifth with 232.37 points.
For Russian team the European Figure Skating Championships became the last international start before the XXII Olympic Winter Games. According to the President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia Alexander Gorshkov, after this European Championship our team is starting to take shape. “The composition is clear in pair skating, dancing and ladies’ singles. Only men’s skating remains undefined. Evgeniy Plushenko test skate will be held in Novogorsk, on January 21. The skater will show his long program. We do not invite journalists to this test skate, as the question about the participants of the men’s Olympic tournament should be solved without much emotion, in a relaxed atmosphere. Thereafter, expert council will be held, and the final composition of the Russian Olympic team will be named on January 23”, – said Gorshkov.