It has been a great weekend for figure skaters from the Baltic States in Oberstdorf, Germany. On Saturday, Estonia’s Eva-Lotta Kiibus rose from third place after the short program to take the gold medal at Nebelhorn Trophy 2020.
The 17-year-old, who finished seventh at last season’s European Championship, was behind the leader by over three points before the free skate but with many of the skaters making multiple crucial mistakes – Kiibus was able to avoid any major deductions.
Just as Latvian representative Deniss Vasiljevs celebrated a comeback victory the day prior, the neighboring country’s – Estonia’s – representative Kiibus made a similar jump to the top step of the podium. She scored 113.04 points for the free skate, and received a total score of 173.53 points.
Fourth at last year’s European Championship, and highest-placed non-Russian then, Alexia Paganini was the favorite and had the door wide open without any of the famed Russians at the Nebelhorn Trophy this year. The leader after the short program, Switzerland’s Paganini fell on two jumps and wasn’t at her best during the free skate. Her lead of over two points against the closest competitor evaporated and the 18-year-old scored 105.25 points today – with a total of 168.85 points for both programs.
21-year-old Jenni Saarinen from Finland was fourth after the short program. Even with one deduction and a few errors, the Fin scored the second best free skate for 106.62 points and a total of 163.87 points.
Home favorite Nicole Schott was second going into the free skate but a poor showing on Saturday dropped her off the podium. She earned just 95.06 points for her long program and the total score of 156.27 points placed her in fourth position at the end.