Fifth place at last season’s world championships was followed by two Grand Prix wins, but she then finished second at last month’s Grand Prix Final to Japan’s Rika Kihira and was a disappointing fifth at the Russian nationals.
Finland earned its first European medal since 2012 when Viveca Lindfors claimed bronze on 194.40. After a weak short program, Stanislava Konstantinova came back strong in the free skate as she tried to give Russia its third European women’s podium sweep in five years, but ultimately fell short on 189.72.
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France closed in on a fifth consecutive European ice dance title with first place in the opening rhythm section.
Last year’s Olympic silver medalists tangoed to a score of 84.79 points, beating Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin into second place on 81.37. Italian duo Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were third on 79.05.
Experienced Russians Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov hope to challenge for medals but dropped to fifth after Katsalapov fell.
The competition finishes on Saturday with the free dance.