|Ladies and Gentlemen, your European Champion. Allowed to go to Sochi!|
You really can't be anything but happy for Javier Fernandez (1st) winning his 2nd Euro title. He had some scratchy moments in his free, but managed to pull off his big elements nonetheless.
2nd: Sergei Voronov - for 2nd overall: Came in a great second with lots of rotated and high jumps, but also some GOE I don't really understand or agree with. (The quad combo for example.) This is one of those programmes that looks better in protocol form than in actuality, both TES and PCS wise. That actually holds true for the whole competition, which, apart from a number of exceptions, looks less impressive in reality than on the scoreboard. It's still nice that he was able to get a European medal finally, and there's no doubt he should have.
3rd: Konstantin Menshov - for 3rd overall. These were only his 2nd Euros, and yet he had to reach the 3rd decade of his life, before finally getting a medal at big championships. Plushenko's absence from Budapest has never been less sad than after Menshov's performance.
4th: Michal Brezina - for 4th overall. Skating to Sherlock Holmes, reeling off a number of great and not so great jumps. In the end, with a very good score of 236 points, he came awfully close to a podium placement. but has to content with the 4th place again. The long itself is the usual Brezina long, Peter Liebers' Sherlock Holmes is a programme I remember more fondly.
|The Adventure of the Missing Three Quarters of a point.|
|Sochi? Team event? Singles event? Both?|
6th: Brian Joubert - 8th overall.Won the warm-up applause side event easily. The actual skate was very nice too. The music just suits him, I've been saying that since NRW Trophy. It complements his natural skating rhythm, is not too unnerving, makes him look sophisticated, and his interpretation even had feeling. It's a shame that he'll probably get a new freeskate soon. Thank you, Mr. Morozov.
|Brian gaining some kind of momentum.|
Overall, a competition to build on for Brian. A well executed The Quad! would have easily propelled him to 6th place, an ideal competition would even have made bronze a possibility.
7th: Peter Liebers - for a great 6th overall. A very very focused performance by Liebers, today. While that took away quite a bit from the overall programme, he was, in exchange, able to deliver a very good technical skate with a nice quad and 2 triple Axels. Now it's not really comparable, but this score would have won silver in 2011. In terms of scores, at least, this was a very strong event.
|Tomaš Verner, saving the best for Sochi.|
9th: Alexei Bychenko - for 10th overall and two entries for Israel next year.
10th: Jorik Hendrickx - for 9th overall. Had a number of mistakes on his jumps, which are normally his strong suit. I was positively surprised by his performance at the 2013 Worlds, which I felt was matching the music well and suiting him. The Rhapsody in Blue, however, does not work that well for him, it doesn't make him look as good as last year's free, so his weaknesses in interpretation are becoming more obvious again. Still, the 9th place leaves Belgium with two entries for 2015.
20th: Florent Amodio - for 13th overall. A dismal skate for Amodio, who had looked solid in the SP and appeared to have left his early season problems behind. Apart from the mistakes, it was a usual Amodio programme, it even ended with the steps from his Tigerman programmes. He pulled through to the end and delivered the choreosequence with his usual attack and panache., but was visibly upset with his performance.