Olga Mikutina took eighth place at her first world championship in figure skating and secured a ticket for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.
“I can hardly believe it and I am overjoyed about this success. That the But it will be a precision landing and I could still catch up a few places, I would never have dreamed of it ”.
Olga Mikutina, figure skater
In the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Mikutina completed all jumps without any problems, she only had to back off on the first attempt at the double axel and initially only showed the easy one. The double was handed in later. “I can hardly believe it and I am overjoyed about this success. After finishing 11th in the short program on Wednesday, I was of course motivated to give everything again today. But I would never have dreamed that the freestyle would be such a precision landing and that I could catch up a few places, ”says Olga Mikutina, who moved from the Ukrainian industrial city of Kharkiv to Feldkirch in Vorarlberg five years ago.
If Mikutina talked about not wanting to commit to a placement before the World Cup, she has now achieved what an Austrian athlete recently achieved with Julia Lautova in Switzerland in 1998. Which earned her a place for the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2022. With her top ten position, the Ukrainian-born ice skater gave Austria’s Olympic team another place for Beijing among women in figure skating. The victory went to Anna Shcherbakova (Rus) ahead of her compatriots Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (Rus) and Alexandra Trusova.
Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer finished eleventh in the pair competition and secured a ticket for the 2022 Winter Olympics. “This early Beijing ticket motivates us. We are already looking forward to our third games together, ”said Ziegler. In the freestyle, the Austrian couple lost two positions after finishing ninth in the short program. With 182.30 points, around two points were missing from the desired top ten place.
The gold medal in Stockholm went to the Russian couple Anastasia Mishina and Aleksander Galliamow for the first time, with 227.59 ahead of the Chinese defending champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong (225.71). Your compatriots, Aleksandra Bojkowa / Dmitrij Koslowskij (217.63), who were still in the lead after the first part, only won bronze in the end.