Ice dancers Katharina Müller / Tim Dyke got the start of the Olympics at the start of their World Cup. Earlier, American Nathan Chen won his third consecutive world title with a jump fireworks display. Japan’s star Yuzuru Hanyu is only in third place.
Stockholm (AP) – German figure skaters will surely compete in three of the four disciplines at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022. Katrina Müller / Tim Dyke (Guttersohn / Dortmund) took the third ticket at the end of the World Cup in Stockholm at Ice Dance.
After her freestyle debut, the 18th position in the overall ranking with 168.33 points was enough. After his World Cup debut, Muller said, “We ran confidently and in a controlled manner.”
Earlier, Berlin duo runners Annika Hoeke / Robert Kunkel and Nicole Schott in Oberstdorf’s women’s singles booked Olympic tickets for their subjects. Only Paul Fentz left the men prematurely. But Berliner has a chance to secure an Olympic ticket at the Nebelorn Trophy in Oberstorf in the autumn.
Russian European champion Victoria Sinizina / Nikita Kajalpo won their first world title in ice dance with a score of 221.17. Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue came second from the United States with 214.71 points. Canadian Piper Giles / Paul Poirier was awarded the bronze medal with 214.35 points. But he won the first medal in his seventh World Cup debut.
The men offered superb figure skating in freestyle. American Nathan Chen won his third consecutive world title after his incredible «Jump’s Festival». The 21-year-old from Salt Lake City shone in the freestyle and catapulted himself from third place after the short program with 320.88 points with five innocent quadruple jumps. “I’m happy,” said Chen, who landed the five quadruple jumps perfectly.
Japan’s sports star Yuzuru Hanyu, the last to go on ice as the first in the short freestyle, was so impressed with the grand performance that he missed the first two four times. The 26-year-old double Olympic champion was only able to prevent the first Ritberger from falling to great difficulty. In the end, Hanyu only got 289.18 points and a bronze medal.
His potential Japanese successor took advantage of the great ice skater’s weakness. Only 17-year-old Yuma Kagiyama remained calm in the first major medal match of his life and won silver with 291.77 points.
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