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Figure Skating: 2019 European Championships (Days 2 & 3)



Somewhat behind on this, but Europe's best figure skaters continue to compete in Minsk, and two gold medals were handed out.



Covering yesterday's pairs event very briefly, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres continued their winning streak, becoming the second French team to win the European pairs title, and the first since 1932.  Next, on to Worlds, and a showdown with Chinese superstars Sui and Han.



In men's event, Javier Fernandez began his quest for one final European title, somewhat inauspiciously, as a few underrotations on his quads had him in third place after the short.



One person who did have a good day, and by this point really needed it, was Mikhail Kolyada, who managed a clean short program now that he's not struggling to breathe, and leads going into the free skate.



I'll also give a shoutout to French national champ Kevin Aymoz, currently in fourth place, and starting to get the PCS marks he deserves, though he still got lower PCS than Alexander Samarin, who is a block of wood.



In ice dance, the rhythm dance saw plenty of solid work. I'll first mention the seventh-place finishers, Britain's Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson, who are mostly known for their disco free dance (hence their skating fandom name, the "Disco Brits"), but they got much-improved rhythm dance marks here.



Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov were for years a team that seemed to have all the necessary talent, but couldn't stop making disastrous mistakes -- mostly him. This year, they've been on a roll, displacing domestic rivals Stepanova and Bukin as Russia's #1. It got to the point where, going into Europeans, he was talking in interviews about taking a "bite" out of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who are the untouchable gods of ice dance now that Virtue and Moir are gone.

The skate gods swiftly punished Nikita for his presumption.



Papadakis and Cizeron, meanwhile, sit comfortably in first place, in only their second international competition of the season.



Finally, there was the conclusion of the ladies' event today. As I had guessed, Finnish national champion Viveca Lindfors pulled out a bronze medal, the first for a Finnish skater in seven years.



Immediately after Lindfors came Alina Zagitova, in first place after the short program. She had her second straight free skate meltdown, and stayed ahead of Lindfors only because the judges threw her a PCS life preserver.



Zagitova's disaster left the door to gold wide open for countrywoman Sofia Samodurova, and Sofia decided to walk through it. Coach Alexei Mishin mostly managed not to smile through all of this, as is his wont.





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James/Cipres FS
Kolyada SP
Fernandez SP
Aymoz SP
Fear/Gibson RD
Sinitsina/Katsalapov RD
Papadakis/Cizeron RD
Lindfors FS
Zagitova FS
Samodurova FS
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