PH Winter Olympics aspirant bags bronze in Colorado meet

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) – Young Filipino figure skater and Winter Olympics aspirant Sofia Frank bagged the bronze medal in the 2021 Colorado Springs Invitational.

The 15-year-old Frank, who represented Pasadena Figure Skating Club in the tournament, garnered a total of 90.13 points which was enough for a third place finish in the 12-woman field in the senior ladies free skate division.

Frank scored 48.92 in the executed elements, where she got her highest score of 10.84 in her triple lutz and triple toeloop combination routine.

She had a total of 43.21 points in the factored program components, which included skating skills, transitions, performance, composition, and interpretation of the music.

Frank could have breached the 92-point mark in her total score, but she received a two-point penalty from her falls.

Courtney Hicks clinched the gold with 100.53 points, while Sonja Hilmer snagged the silver after a 95.85-point showing.

Frank, born to a Filipino mother and American father, is currently training in Colorado Springs, the location of the United States Olympic Training Center. She trains under renowned coach Tammy Gambill.

The Los Angeles-born Frank is one of three Filipinos named by the Philippine Skating Union who will vie for a berth in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. 

Frank and national champion Edrian Celestino are slated to compete in the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy, an Olympic qualifier event, on Sept. 22-25 in Oberstdorf, Germany.

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