On Friday, 17-year-old Olga Mikutina finished eighth in Austria's best figure skating championship for 24 years. The Vorarlbergerin made up three places in Stockholm from her position after the short program and equalized the placement of Julia Lautowa from 1997. With the seventh best freestyle in the field, Mikutina Austria secured a quota place for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing and a second starting place for the 2022 World Cup. </p><div> <p>After Mikutina had surpassed her personal record of the home European Championship 2020 by almost 14 points in the short program, she pulverized her best freestyle so far with 131.59 points by no less than exactly 35 points. As in the short program, the protégé of coach Elena Romanowa came through safely and without a fall, to the music of Primavera and Experience - each by the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi - just a twofold thought of Axel just came off.</p>
“I can hardly believe it and I am overjoyed about this success,” said Mikutina. “After finishing eleventh in the short program on Wednesday, I was of course motivated to give everything again today. I would never have dreamed that the freestyle would be such a precision landing and that I could still make up a few places.” Mikutina moved from the Ukrainian industrial city of Kharkiv to Feldkirch five years ago.
The title fights in Sweden ended extremely successfully for the Austrian Association (ÖEKV), as the pair runners Miriam Ziegler / Severin Kiefer had also convinced with eleventh place. The 27-year-old from Burgenland and the 30-year-old from Salzburg also bought a ticket for the Winter Games in China. Only Maurizio Zandron in the men did not succeed as 29th. With regard to the Olympics, there is still the chance to buy one of the remaining tickets in Oberstdorf in September.
The women’s competition ended with a triple victory for the Russian Federation. Anna Shtscherbakowa brought her lead from the short program with the second best freestyle to the ends. Her compatriot Alexandra Trusowa made it to bronze after a failed short program from twelfth place with a few fourfold and the best performance of the day. Between the two 16-year-olds, their 24-year-old compatriot Elisaweta Tuktamischewa, the 2015 world champion, ranked.
Mikutina was just 18.43 points behind bronze, her previous best point mark from the 2019 Junior World Championships increased by 53.43 points.