The Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia sees some of the greatest figure skaters from around the world come together to compete against their closest rivals. As the competition comes to an end Great Britain’s elite couple Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes bring home a silver medal gaining valuable points for the season ahead.
The three day competition, now in its 23rd year, has become a key date in the figure skating calendar. This year the event saw even more skaters keen to hit the ice as the venue will also be used for the European Championships later in the season. Representing Great Britain, elite couple Nick and Penny performed Ice Dance and solo skater Charlie Parry-Evans performed in the men’s category.
Coming back from a difficult last season of multiple illnesses, Nick and Penny returned to the world stage with a clear message, that they are back and looking stronger than ever. Their first performance in Friday’s short dance afforded the couple 62.70 points whilst Saturday’s free dance, a choreography named ‘Reprise of Butterflies and Hurricanes’ saw the couple achieve 93.52. Two days of strong performance and choreography left Great Britain in second place.
Nick and Penny said:
“We are happy to have the first international event under our belt and to be amongst the top skaters in the world again. We have shown that our programmes are good vehicles for us this season and we can’t wait to get to work, training and improving our scores for the rest of the season.”
For Charlie, coming back from a recent injury, this was a great chance for him to get back onto the international stage. With only weeks to rehearse certain elements in his routine, on Thursday his performance in the short programme awarded him 48.18 points. On Saturday he returned to the ice for the free programme which gave him a score of 93.49.
Despite a tough few months of recovery Charlie was able to perform a variety of highly skilled jumps throughout the two skates. His performance left him an overall score of 141.67 and a place in the top 10.
With a strong start to the season, elite couple and Olympians Nick and Penny will next appear in November with the Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix event in France. Charlie will also compete in November at the 28th Volvo Open Cup in Latvia.
To follow the progress of Nick, Penny, Charlie and the rest of Great Britain’s skaters you can follow Twitter @NISA_iceskating and Facebook ‘National Ice Skating Association’ and stay up to date with the NISA news page.
Full results and rankings from the event can be found here.
4th October 2015