OES News 2019/20 Season

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crossposting my post from KnC:

Julia Sauter is still recovering from injury (sprained ankle), source:

Romania should have been represented by Julia Sauter, who was ranked 14th last year, but the German-born skater is not yet recovered after an ankle sprain.
 

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About Mitkutina "Reaching the Final as Mikutina's goal"

At only 16 years of age, Olga Mikutina is the same age as three Russian women in the women's competition of the European Figure Skating Championships in Graz-Premstätten. Unlike this trio, the Ukrainian-born figure skater is not among the favourites in the Styria Hall, but she has potential. At her first European Championships, she will show what she is capable of in the short program on Friday and hopefully also on Saturday in the free skate of the best 24.

Mikutina, who will make her debut at EC, comes from Kharkiv. In 2016 Elena Romanova, once coach of Olympic participant Viktor Pfeifer and others, had heard of the talented girl and invited her to the "Ländle". Mikutina came to Vorarlberg with her mother - and this sports partnership still continues today. Like Maurizio Zandron in the men's singles, Mikutina is working towards the 2022 Olympics, but unlike him she has Austrian citizenship practically in her pocket.

"It was sporting reasons that brought me to Vorarlberg," Mikutina, who ranked 18th at the 2019 Junior World Championships, told the APA (Austrian news agency). She has not regretted it so far. Her father, who remains in Ukraine, comes as often as possible - sometimes twice a month. She herself does not attend a sports school, but currently attends the fifth class of a Realgymnasium. There she is given free time for competitions, but has to make up for what she missed - in the current European Championship case a mathematics test.

Mikutina did not even take a few days off over Christmas, unlike the pair sakters Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer. She wants to get the most out of her opportunities. "I did run-threws every day," said the teenager. The one for the FS to the music of "Step up Tango" is the one from last season. In the summer before the pre-Olympic season, something new will be rehearsed. "Sing Sing Sing", on the other hand, is the musical basis of her short program, choreographed last summer. "I like both programs," Mikutina said about her two programs. The first goal for her EC debut is of course to reach the final.
 

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A shout-out to Alexia Paganini for laying down an excellent SP today, skating last in the final group which included the three Russians. Personally, I thought her lutz GOE should have been the highest of the lot as her technique is pristine with clear edge, great spring, and near zero pre-rotation. Her performance quality was engaging as well, so I really don't see where the six points between her and Trusova come from. I know she doesn't bring the firepower in the FS, but she should be rewarded appropriately for her short. She looked really happy with her SB score, though, and I hope she can build on that for tomorrow.
 

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Short newsclip with Mikutina, not geoblocked:

around 17:20 short statement (in really good German), all smiles:
  • Their is always room for improvment, I wasn't perfect today.
  • Thanking the audience for excellent support.
  • I'm being so thankful / so happy, I had the opportunity to skate.
  • More smiles and thank you

I enjoyed her a lot. Keep the good coming :cheer2: :cheer2:
 

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What a skate for Mikutina! I feel sorry for her. 20 pts below her SB and 4 falls must've been hard. What I loved: She tried really hard, not to let go.

post comp report in Standard
excerpt:
"I'm glad I got to skate the FS," Mikutina said. "Every competition is an experience. I learn from every skate."
Because of the missed place among the top 20, Mikutina will not get a guaranteed spot from the Austrian federation for the World Championships in Montreal in March
I'd say, there haven't been a chance for top 20 in any szenario, even before the catastrophic FS
 

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Paganini's FS was one of the highlights for me. Glad she kept it together.

excerpts:
"I've worked so hard all year and I really wanted to show that," said Paganini. "The FS wasn't perfect, but I'm happy with it." She was especially happy that she was able to pull herself together after the mistake. "This is a big step forward for me." Coach Igor Krokavec believes she can make the top ten in two years at the Beijing Olympics.
When the 18-year-old Paganini heard her score, she was very moved. According to her own statement, she had never been so well prepared for a competition and confirmed this impressively.
Despite her strong performances, Paganini, whose role model is the former American top skater Michelle Kwan, still has potential for improvement, as she botched the second jumping element, a triple Lutz. However, this did not put her off her stride and she showed no weakness in the following.
 

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it may not be popular to write it here, but does anyone else finds it amusing that she advocates for raising the age eligibility because she ‘prefers mature skating’, and yet her own skating is very small and juniorish? She is a lovely girl and skates small, but she needs to learn to skate ‘bigger’. Her skating reminds me of Tursynbaeva before she moved to Tutberidze.
 

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it may not be popular to write it here, but does anyone else finds it amusing that she advocates for raising the age eligibility because she ‘prefers mature skating’, and yet her own skating is very small and juniorish? She is a lovely girl and skates small, but she needs to learn to skate ‘bigger’. Her skating reminds me of Tursynbaeva before she moved to Tutberidze.
Haven't read the article, so I don't have an opinion on what she said, but I find her skating very different than Elizabet (with Brian or Eteri) - for me, way more charismatic.
 

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it may not be popular to write it here, but does anyone else finds it amusing that she advocates for raising the age eligibility because she ‘prefers mature skating’, and yet her own skating is very small and juniorish? She is a lovely girl and skates small, but she needs to learn to skate ‘bigger’. Her skating reminds me of Tursynbaeva before she moved to Tutberidze.
She answered a very close-ended question with wit IMO. She was talking from the beginning about being remembered as Kostner, of how careers are short for girls in Russia. Of course she wants girls to skate longer by having less pressure on them earlier on. It is not because you prefer something that means you are still there yet. Give her some time.
 

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Swiss Team for Worlds 🇨🇭

Men
Lukas BRITSCHGI, ES Frauenfeld
Substitute: Nicola TODESCHINI, CP La Chaux-de-Fonds

Ladies
Alexia PAGANINI, Winterthurer SC
Substitute: Yasmine Kimiko YAMADA, EC Zürich

Ice Dance
Victoria MANNI / Carlo RÖTHLISBERGER, ESC Zürich-Oerlikon/CP Biasca
Substitute: Arianna WROBLEWSKA / Stéphane WALKER, ESC Zürich-Oerlikon
 

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Haven't read the article, so I don't have an opinion on what she said, but I find her skating very different than Elizabet (with Brian or Eteri) - for me, way more charismatic.
I love her skating and her personality. I am glued to the screen for every step. She just sparkles.
 

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