Radionova shines in senior debut, Ando makes solid comeback

Elena Radionova, Miki Ando and Ashley Cain

By Olga Fluegge

2013 World junior champion Elena Radionova of Russia, one of the favorites at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, took the lead after successful short program with a score of 64.69 points.

In her routine to the soundtrack from “Anna Karenina” she landed clean and strong triple Lutz-triple toe, triple loop and double Axel, and got level four for spins as well as for step sequence.

At a post event press conference, she modestly and briefly commented on her performance: “I am very pleased with my senior debut. Now I have to get ready for my free program.”

Elena Radionova performs short program at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy

Elena Radionova performs short program at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy

The highlight of ladies short program was a solid beautiful comeback of two-time World champion Miki Ando of Japan, who finished second with 59.79 points. She skated to “My Way”, showing gorgeous body control and received a very warm welcome from the crowd.

“I felt very nervous today. It was a hard comeback. I must work more and improve more things. I just did my job. I do not really care about points.” Japanese skater commented.

Miki Ando at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy

Miki Ando performs short program at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy

Both North American ladies, Ashley Cain (USA) and Veronik Mallet (CAN) made a very nice senior international debut, making a good impression. They are technically capable of keeping up with the top ladies.

“I’m very happy how I skated today. I felt a lot of energy in my performance. I’m very excited to be here.” said American Ashley Cain, who is third after SP with 57.87 points.

The ice arena was filled well with spectators. About 500 people attended the first event of Nebelhorn Trophy.

Photo: Olga Fluegge

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