Oda sings his third Nebelhorn Ode

Nobunari Oda performing his free skating at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy

By Olga Fluegge

Nobunari Oda of Japan won the Nebelhorn Trophy 2013 for the third time in his competitive carrier, earning a total combined score of 262.98 points.

His free program to music from the opera “Wilhelm Tell” was perfectly done technically and artistically, and got standing ovation. “I am very happy. I was last to go but I skated well today,“ said Oda.

“My dream is to make an Olympic team. We have very strong skaters in Japan, so I have to train more and to skate my best. Winning Nebelhorn Trophy is a very good start in the season.” he added.

American Jason Brown, taking a silver medal (228.43 points), made a successful leap to senior rank. Brown choose his favorite musical piece from “Riverdance” for the free skating program, showed very well technique and got level four for the most of non-jumping elements.

The 24-year-old Jeremy Ten of Canada maintained his position to win the bronze (205.56), his first international senior medal.

Nobunari Oda, Jason Brown and Jeremy Ten at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy podium

Nobunari Oda, Jason Brown and Jeremy Ten at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy podium

“I think it is a great building competition for me. Now I’m healthy and in a good shape. Thank you to my coach and team for the support. I’m looking forward to make an Olympic team.” Canadian skater said.

The final spots for the Olympic Games took six countries: Israel, Romania, Australia, Philippines, Ukraine and Italy. For the first time Philippines will be represented at Olympic skating competitions thanks to a good result of the 16-year-old Michael Christian Martinez.

Photo: Olga Fluegge

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