Filipino figure skaters wrestle at Nebelhorn


Filipino figure skaters Edrian Paul Celestino and Sofia Frank landed in the middle of the field after their respective performances in the short program on Thursday at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Nebelhorn is the final figure skating qualifying tournament for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games scheduled for Beijing, China.

Celestino placed 16th among 30 figure skaters in the men’s division, while Frank placed 22nd among 37 skaters in the women’s division.

Celestino, 23, scored 64.32 points highlighting his performance with a dual axis stunt.

American Vincent Zhou finished first in the short program with 97.35 points, while France’s Adam Siao Him Fa was second at 89.23 and Australia’s Brendan Kerry was third with 85.89 points.

Celestino was looking to improve her score in the free skating event on Friday, as the final figure skaters standings will be determined by their combined scores from the short program and the free skating events.

The top seven figure skaters qualify for the Olympic Winter Games.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Frank scored 47.65 points, as she crossed the ice, with Donna Summer’s 1970s classic “Last Dance” as the background music.

Frank, daughter of beauty queen Precious Tongko, must be in the top six to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

American Alysa Liu led the short program with 70.86 points. Switzerland’s Alexia Paganini finished second with 65.65 points and Belarusian Viktoriia Safonova took third place with 62.02 points.

Frank and Celestino still have a chance to improve their standings when they compete in the free skating event on Saturday.

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