2015 European Round up


Posted: 9th February 2015

Phil Harris has made ISS proud once again despite a nasty fall competing against world class skaters in Stockholm.

Phil Harris, who skates at ISS Coventry based at Planet Ice became British Senior Men’s Champion at the end of 2014, has gone on to compete at this years European Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm and showed us what hard work can do in his first European Championships at the age of 25. Phil’s world ranking prior to the 2015 European Championships was 55, but after the Championships he pulled up to 31st place.

After a great skate in the short program, Phil finished 12th place leaving him safely qualified for the free program. Phil is the first British skater to qualify through to the free program since Elliot Hilton 6 years ago who skated for ISS Coventry.

Going into the Free skate Phil was in 12th place. In the stands were Phil’s parents for whom the trip to Stockholm was their first ever time abroad to see him compete along with other supporters from Coventry who had made their way to Stockholm to get behind Phil.

One of the most memorable and touching moments of the Men's free happened after Phil fell on a triple Axel attempt and hit his right elbow on the ice. Visibly in pain, but in true style and determined not to give up, he battled through his program with the warm encouragement from friends, family and the whole of the Globe Arena audience. Despite the fall, Phil achieved an amazing 15th place overall.

Phil went on to say "The crowd carried me through to the end," he told Europe On Ice afterwards. " The way they expressed their support for me was like they became my right arm."

Phil recently gave an interview to Velocity Health and Leisure Club where he trains off ice.

“I am back from Stockholm, which was a fantastic experience and I enjoyed every minute of it!

It was a strong event, with some of the best in the world there competing. A lot of people told me that I didn’t look out of place, which is great to hear considering the company I was in, and I did feel that I belonged in that atmosphere and environment. Unfortunately though, the week didn’t end exactly how I wanted it.

It started off great. On Wednesday I finished 12th after the short program out of 30, which apparently is the highest from a British skater for a very long time! I scored a personal best and led after I skated for around an hour.

I started off really well, but my 3rd jump was a little off, and on the landing I touched my arm down. As my arm went down, all my bodyweight went onto it and jolted my elbow joint when it was straight, then hyperextended it. It then twisted and distorted, and I ended by lying on it.

It was extremely painful, and it took me a few seconds to compose, but I was determined to finish my routine. I struggled to find my rhythm again and it was difficult to focus, but the crowd was incredible and helped carry me through.

I went for an X-ray in Sweden and luckily nothing is broken, but it’s unknown to the extent of any other damage is in there.”

Well done Phil, we are all extremely proud of your efforts, the last British skater to finish in the top 20 was Neil Wilson who finished 13th after the Free program 16 years ago, just 2 places higher than Phil!

View Phil’s free program here:

http://youtu.be/QThnZyM1Kh0

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