Today Great Britain leaves a fantastic weekend of skating at the Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf, Germany with a gold medal from elite couple and Olympians Nicholas Buckland & Penny Coomes, two silver medals from successful junior skaters, Josh Brown and Danielle Harrison, and a bronze medal from Senior Dance couple Carter Jones & Richard Sharpe.
The competition saw skaters from all over Europe take to the ice ahead of the World Figure Skating Championships which will take place next month.
For Great Britain, with 20 skaters at the event we were a very well represented nation and this was shown in our medal success. Speaking of Buckland and Coomes gold medal and international personal best, NISA High Performance Manager, Robin Cousins said;
“This was another chance for Nick and Penny to get the new Short Dance out in front of judges in their final competition before the World Championships. Gaining over 100 points on their established Free Dance will also give them confidence for the coming weeks training and they will be ready to take on the best in the world in Boston in a few weeks.”
The couple themselves said;
“We both feel extremely proud to be part of such a big GB team that achieved both medals and personal bests this weekend. The two programmes we performed went very well and we feel this competition has set us up perfectly in the build up to the World Championships in six weeks time!”
As well as our Olympic duo, junior skaters Josh Brown and Danielle Harrison will no doubt take confidence from their silver medals as they prepare for the Junior World Championships in Hungary next month. Having been hard at work on his training, strength and conditioning this season, Brown said;
“I am naturally delighted and proud with the result although a little disappointed to have lost out on first place by such a small margin. I went into the event looking to test myself before the Junior World Championships in March, which I know will be such a tough competition and so to get two clean programmes out was great.
“My training has been going really well this year so now I am just looking forward to the Worlds and testing myself against some of the very best skaters in the world and hopefully doing Great Britain and Nottingham proud!”
Having faced tough competition at the competition and receiving positive feedback from judges and spectators alike, Danni Harrison’s high component marks and personal best reflected how well she performed. Harrison said;
“Overall I was really happy with my performance even though I made a couple of mistakes! Coming away with another personal best really boosted me for the Junior World Championships, a competition I am super excited for!”
Other skaters taking part in the Bavarian open included Emily Brown & James Hernandez who came 4th in Advanced Novice Dance, Ekaterina Fedyushchenko & Lucas Kitteridge and Mia Jowett & Peter Beaumont who came 6th and 13th in Junior Dance respectively, Chloe Curtain & Steven Adcock who were 4th in Junior Pairs, Karly Robertson who placed 10th for Senior Ladies, and Charlie Parry Evans placing 13th for Senior Men.
Full competition results can be found here
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