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EUROPEANS: THREE – PEAT

Javier Fernandez skated a lively interpretation of The Barber of Seville to win his third straight European title. He opened with a solid 4T, followed by a 3S+3T combination, and a 3A. He landed six clean triples, and his spins were all Level4. He fell on the 4S, which the GPF silver medalist described later at a press conference.

“I had a weird feeling as I was starting my 4S. It was like when you’re on a roller coaster reaching the top, you start to go ‘aaah!’ Then I fell,” he said.

When Fernandez stepped off the ice, he looked drained.

“I had no more energy. My legs were so tired; I was fighting to get energy from the audience that was supporting me. I’ve never experienced a competition this tiring before. I don’t know why. I couldn’t even bow to the people,” claimed the exhausted Fernandez.

Maxim Kovtun’s free skate to “Exogenesis Symphony” by Muse was not his best, but it earned a silver medal at his Europeans debut.  He completed five clean triples, and the spins were Level4.

(On his first medal at Europeans) “It is a mixture of emotions – happiness but also disappointment. It was a pretty bad skate. To be honest, it was the hardest skate of my life. I felt as if I was a stone falling down on each of my jumps, and I had to fight until the end of my program,” explained Kovtun.

Sergei Voronov’s program to “This is a Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown and a medley of three other selections had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. He, like Fernandez and Kovtun, complained of fatigue after his performance.

(On his fatigue) “The feeling of my skate and my jumps, like all of us, was not good today, but I didn’t feel pressure, more just tiredness. My physical preparation was good, but I still feel very tired right now,” said the GPF bronze medalist.

(On being on the podium) “I’m very happy that it’s my second time in the top three at Europeans, and I skated against strong competitors. I think I know the Spanish national anthem by heart as I’ve heard it three times already,” he smiled. (Fernandez won the Rostelecom Cup, GPF, and Europeans.

(On his SP music) “I love Danse Macabre. It’s the story of a swan fighting for its existence, just like each of us has to fight for one’s existence, day after day,” Voronov explained.

Alexei Bychenko’s flawless skate to Maksim Mrvica’s “Nostradamus” vaulted him from 7th to 4th place. He landed seven clean triples and a clean quad toe worth 12.01 points.

(On his Free Skate Performance) “I was very emotional and so happy with my skate because I was able to pull myself together in spite of a back injury I got shortly before Europeans,” he smiled. “I had to have painkillers for the short and long programs. I did difficult jump combinations in both programs.”

(On future program elements) “I want to add another triple axel and quad in my program for next season,” he explained.

ICE CHIPS – MENS

  • Alexei Bychenko previously skated for Ukraine. He now lives and trains in Hackensack, NJ, USA.
  • Javier Fernandez was the first man since 1989 to win 3 straight European Championships. The last was Alexander Fadeev of the Soviet Union.
  • Javier Fernandez landed 3 quads (two 4S and one 4T) at the 2012 GPF and 2013 Europeans.

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