France Adam Siao Him Fa He escaped with the lead on Wednesday (January 25) after the men’s short program at 7 p.m 2023 ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Espoo, Finland.
At the Espoo Metro Areena, Siao Him Fa scored 96.53 for a clean performance that included a quad toe opening, triple toe combination. He also performed a triple Axel and a quadruple Salchow on his show Rain in your black eyes by Ezio Bosso.
Siao Him Fa had a historic season, becoming the first Frenchman in 16 years to win the Grand Prix de France in early November. Two weeks later he was fifth in the NHK Trophy before winning his first national title in December.
His performance easily held off the Italian Matteo Rizzowhich scored 86.46 in second place. Dennis Vasilievs Lativa (84.81) is third. Olympian 2022 Kevin Aymoz France ranks fourth (83.75) behind Switzerland Lukasz Britschgi (79.26) completes the top five.
Daniel Grassel, who qualified for this year’s Grand Prix Final by winning the Sheffield Grand Prix, had high hopes for performances in European competition but made his opening Lutz quadruple by completing only a double. His score of 77.03 puts him in eighth place after the short program.
The men’s competition will end on Friday with a free skate scheduled for 6 p.m. local time.
How to watch the 2023 European Figure Skating Championships
In the United States, the European Championship will be broadcast on Peacock and E!. Australian fans can watch on SBS.
The ISU Skating YouTube channel will also stream geo-restricted live events that will be available in selected countries, including Canada.
European fans should check local lists on Eurosport or national broadcasters.
Schedule – ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2023
All times are in Eastern European Time (UTC/GMT +2 hours) and are subject to change.
Thursday 26 January
- 1315–1754: Women’s short program
- 1925–2154: Pair skating followed by victory ceremony
Friday January 27
- 1315–1652: Rhythm dance of the ice dance
- 1800–2156: Men’s Ice Skating followed by Victory Ceremony
Saturday 28 January
- 1300–1656: Women’s free skating followed by victory ceremony
- 1830–2150: Free dance on ice followed by Victory Ceremony
Sunday January 29
- 1530–1800: Exhibition Gala