The six-time German champion Nicole Schott started the figure skating European Championships in Tallinn with an eleventh place.
For her artistically elegant short program, the 25-year-old from Essen received only 61.86 points from the jury. “I was a bit nervous about the combination as soon as I warmed up,” said Schott. After that, she was only able to combine the triple flip with a twice rotated toe loop, but she safely put the triple Rittberger on the ice.
“It was a first step to tackle the two difficult elements in order to improve up to the Winter Olympics in Beijing,” said the EM thirteenth of 2020, who had to step back a little before Christmas due to a booster vaccination and a cold. Schott is targeting a top ten finish in Estonia to secure two women’s spots for Germany next winter.
15-year-old Russian sets new standards
The Russian shooting star Kamila Valiewa caused enthusiasm with a technically and artistically perfect and enchanting performance. The 15-year-old junior world champion from Russia set a new standard for women with 90.45 points.
This means that the exceptional athlete from Kazan can hardly be denied the title. Unexpectedly, the Belgian Loena Hendrickx pushed into the Russian phalanx with 76.25 points. The World Cup third Alexandra Trusowa (75.13) barely in third place ahead of world champion Anna Scherbakova (69.05).