Figure skating sisters impress at European champs
Swedish sisters Joshi and Viktoria Helgesson continued to impress at the European figure skating championships, finishing fourth and fifth in the free skate on Saturday.
Joshi Helgesson’s placement is the best Swedish result since the 1930s.
“It’s just incredible. Back in November I would never have thought I’d skate this well. The audience really helped us through it all today,” Joshi Helgesson told Swedish Radio’s sports department after the event at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe arena.
“It felt like the terraces were at boiling point when I walked out on the ice. I could almost hear all my friends screaming. It was incredible.”
Joshi Helgesson scored 169,07 while Viktoria, who fell once on the ice, scored 166,39. However, both sisters were far behind the trio of Russian skaters who took home the gold, silver and bronze medals.
On Saturday, Viktoria Helgesson had a few misses, including a fall on the ice. “When I fell, it took the wind out of my sails," she said. "I really had to search deep inside myself to find the power to complete the programme." However, she added that she is still pleased with her performance.
“It felt good to prove to myself and to everyone else that I’m back,” said Viktoria Helgesson, who experienced setbacks last year.
Thanks to the Helgersson sisters’ results, Sweden will be allowed to send three figure skaters to the European Champhionships in Bratislavia, Slovakia next year.