Sofia Frank says goodbye to the Winter Olympics

Filipino-American figure skater Sofia Frank said goodbye to her dreams of the 2022 Winter Olympics when she competed in the Nebelhorn Trophy – the last qualifying tournament for the Winter Games – on Saturday (Philippine time) in Oberstdorf, Germany, April 24th.

Frank collected 81.13 points in the freestyle, after 47.65 points in the short program on Thursday, a total of 128.78 points in the competition, plus 37 figure skaters.

Only the six best skaters reached the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, next year.

The 15-year-old Frank, who finished 22nd in the short program, finished 29th in the freestyle. Frank played to the melody of “Romeo and Juliet Wedding Vows” by Abel Korzeniowski.

She scored 40.50 in the technical evaluation and 44.63 in the program components, which makes a total of 85.13 points. However, Frank incurred a four point penalty for falling twice in the middle of her routine.

The American Alysia Liu led the event with 207.40 points, while the Polish Ekaterina Kurakova came second with 193.58 points and the Belarusian Viktoriia Safonova came third with 190.29 points.

The Swiss Alexia Paganini (180.48), the Ukrainian Anastasiia Shabotova (177.70) and the Australian Kailani Craine (165.35) complete the six best skaters of the tournament.

The Swiss Josefin Taljegard actually scored 166.05 points, but gave her place away to Craine because she did not come to Nebelhorn to get an Olympic spot.

On Saturday, the male representative of the Philippines, Edrian Paul Celestino, also missed the Winter Olympics bus.

The 23-year-old Celestino, who is half Canadian, achieved 18th place overall in the 30-man field with 176.10 points, in which only the seven best skaters were promoted to the Winter Olympics.

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