The 2019 European Championships mark the 111th anniversary of this prestigious competition. This year, Minsk, Belarus, will play host from Jan. 21-27. The competition begins with the ladies short program on Jan. 23.
Russia is the only nation that will field a full complement (three skaters/teams) in all four disciplines. Italy has three spots in pairs and ice dance, and France has three places in ice dance. All other nations will have only one skater/team in each category.
On Dec. 27, the Russian federation announced that the pairs team of Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert would not be competing in Minsk. Enbert is suffering from an unspecified (but obviously serious) injury that requires treatment and rehabilitation.
In an Instagram note posted on Dec. 28, Carolina Kostner advised she would not be contesting the Championships. She is still dealing with hip and foot injuries that prevented her from competing in the first half of the season.
Russia′s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who suffered a bout of pneumonia following the Grand Prix Final and was hospitalized for almost two weeks, was not assigned to this competition.
Spain’s Javier Fernández will be chasing a record seventh consecutive title in what will be his final competitive outing. The 27-year-old Madrid native said he plans to become a coach and wants to work with the Spanish federation to develop the sport in his homeland. Fernández has been out of the competitive loop since he claimed bronze at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He returned to Toronto in early January to begin preparing for this competition under the guidance of his longtime coaches Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson.
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