Filipino figure skaters miss their spot at the Winter Olympics

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 26) – Filipino figure skaters Edrian Celestino and Sofia Frank failed to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics, after facing a tough field at the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Canadian-born Celestino totaled 176.10 points to finish 18th overall out of 30 male figure skaters in the final qualifying event for the Beijing Winter Olympics. He placed 16th in the short program with 64.32 points and 18th in the free program with 111.78 points.

Only the top seven male figure skaters clinched tickets to Beijing, led by gold medalist Vincent Zhou of the United States, silver medalist Mark Kondraktiuk of Russia and bronze medalist Adam Siao Him Fa of France.

On the cattail side, Frank finished 24th overall out of 37 figure skaters with 128.78 points.

Frank, 15, placed 22nd in the short program with 47.65 points.

In his free skate, Frank got off to a good start, but fell twice in the middle of his performance for a four point deduction. She finished the event with 81.73 points, good for 29th place.

Six figure skaters qualified directly for the Beijing Winter Olympics, including gold medalist Alysia Liu of the United States, silver medalist Ekaterina Kurakova of Poland and bronze medalist Viktoriia Safonova of the Belarus.

A consolation for Celestino and Frank was that their technical scores in Germany reached qualification for the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, a prestigious figure skating tilt for non-European countries sanctioned by the International Skating Union.

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