The Swedish National Championships. Who would have thought it had the potential to be so exciting?
Adrian Schultheiss, Alexander Majorov, and Kristoffer Berntsson are fighting for the two entries to the European and World Championships. Schultheiss, whose high placement at last years' Europeans and top-ten finish at Worlds allowed the country to send two representatives in 2011, has had a rocky start to his season. He's changed coaches, been dealing with a groin injury, and hasn't skated near the level that earned him his success last year.
Alexander Majorov, on the other hand, has been on fire in the early months of this season. He won the NRW Trophy in Germany and the Ice Challenge in Graz, and also has a bronze medal from a Junior Grand Prix event in the Czech Republic. He looks to be the favorite heading into the event.
While Majorov won the competition in Austria, teammate Kristoffer Berntsson finished with the bronze medal. He made the decision to stay in the amateur ranks at the age of 28, and is known for his audience-friendly programs (his free skate this year is a Michael Jackson medley). Kristoffer won the silver medal at the Finlandia Trophy earlier this year, although he narrowly held on to a podium place after winning the short program.
Who do you think we will see at Europeans?
The ladies event also features what should be a close battle, between sisters Viktoria and Joshi Helgesson. Both ladies have earned moderate results this season, and in the most recent head-to-head battle at Skate America, Joshi finished 4th overall while Viktoria finished 6th.
The rare situation here is that only one lady will be able to compete at the European Championships, but both (in the event that they are the gold and silver medalists) can compete in Tokyo for the World Championships after Viktoria finished in the top ten at the event last season.
Here are both of their great free skates from Skate America.