Filipino skaters teeter on German ice



SOFIA FRANK placed No.22 and Edrian Celestino finished No.16 in their respective events to be on the radar at the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy – a qualifying tournament for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games – at the Eissportzentrum Oberstdorf in Oberstdorf, Germany, Thursday.

Filipino-American Frank, just 15, now needs a solid finish in the women’s free skate on Saturday to win a ticket to the Beijing Games which will be held Feb. 4-20.

Philippine Skating Union (PSU) President Nikki Cheng told BusinessMirror on Friday that Frank was 22nd out of 37, while Celestino, 23, was 16th out of 30 participants in the men’s short program.

“Sofia was 22nd out of 37, but we are looking at the scores rather than the standings,” said Cheng.

To qualify for Beijing, Frank must finish at least sixth place on Saturday, while Celestino had to finish in the top seven following on from his event on Friday night.

Colorado Springs-based Frank scored 47.65 in her routine which she performed with Donna’s hit Summer Last Dance.

Cheng said Frank’s coach Tammy Gambill should strategize in the free skate to get a better result.

Frank did his best on the ice with a triple double toe loop, triple loop and double axis in his routine.

“It was a close fight. The scores were close for the next few skaters who scored better than Sofia, ”said Cheng. “But the coaches are strategizing with her and she will get a call from her head coach Tammy Gambill today.”

Gambill is one of the most sought-after figure skating coaches in the United States, having been a national skater herself. She started training at the age of 19.

Two-time champion Alysa Liu of America dominated the short program with 70.86, followed by Switzerland’s Alexia Paganini with 65.65, Belarusian Viktoriia Safanova with 62.02, Australia’s Kailani Craine with 61.62 and Ukrainian Anastasila Shabotova with 61.49.

Ekaterina Kurakova of Poland was sixth with a score of 61.04, 14 points ahead of Frank.

Celestino, on the other hand, scored 64.32 points in his Irrepressibles’ In This Shirt. Performance.

American Vincent Zhou led with 97.35, followed by Frenchman Adam Siao Him Fa at 89.23 and Australian Brendan Kerry at 85.89.

“I hope they will do their best in the free skate and get some high scores,” PSU national coach Abraham Domdom said.


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