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European Figure Skating Championships: Ziegler / Kiefer confidently make it to the final

The local heroes will now attack in the freestyle on Friday (7:00 p.m.), but this part of the competition is considered their strength. It could still be decisive that the short program was very successful internationally for the first time this season. It was only in mid-November that they and their coach Knut Schubert decided to replace the short program that had just been rehearsed in the summer and did not work with the previous one from Olympia 2018.

“It was the right decision with the change,” said the 25-year-old Ziegler after the successful presentation. “It was a bit of a stress because we run in front of so many people at home and know that the short program was not our strength this season.” The reaction of the two at the end of the program was correspondingly emotional and joyful, Kiefer had already during the almost three Minutes long presentation clenched his fist.

The short program from Ziegler / Kiefer

Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer showed a successful performance at the European Figure Skating Championships with their short program.

“When the Miriam landed the litter, it was a wonderful feeling for me, first row without feet,” said the Salzburg native, referring to the thrown triple flip, the third litter element in her short program. They all worked. “And then the reaction from the audience,” added the 29-year-old. The fans were fully in their countrymen’s camp. “We noticed when we presented that the hall was shaking.”

Three Russian couples in the lead

Their German training partners Minerva Fabienna Hase and Nolan Seegert had just as well marked their personal best with 70.43 points in front of them, but Ziegler and Kiefer could not get away with it. Ziegler: “We know that they were stronger in the short program than we were throughout the season. It didn’t surprise us now that they got so many points. ”But 2.5 points have to be made up, according to Kiefer.

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Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer had their nerves under control and showed their skills to the audience

The two-time ex-European champions Yevgenia Tarasova and Wladimir Morosow made a mistake in the Russian medal fight and are only third (73.50). Alexandra Bojkowa and Dmitri Koslowskij (82.34), who ran last year, are clearly at the top. Darja Pawljutschenko and Denis Kodykin (74.92) were in second place in the previous year, the Italians Nicola Della Monica and Matteo Guarise (70.48) were the first pursuers of the Russians.

Program of the European Figure Skating Championships 2020

Thursday, January 23:
Rhythm dance ice dancing 12.00 p.m. *
Freestyle for men 6.30 p.m.
Friday, January 24th:
Short program women 11.30 a.m. *
Free couple 7 p.m. *
Saturday, January 25th:
Ice Dancing Free-Style 1:25 p.m. *
Freestyle for women 6.30 p.m. *
Sunday, January 26th:
Schaulaufen 2.30 p.m.

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