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Olympic spots handed out on Day 2 in Oberstdorf

Six men, five pairs lock up positions for Winter Games in PyeongChang
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Australia's Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor were one of five pairs teams to clinch a spot for their country in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games on Friday at the Nebelhorn Trophy. -Getty Images

Six men, including Jorik Hendrickx of Belgium, and five pairs, headed by Australia's Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor, qualified spots for their countries at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games based on their finishes at the 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Friday.

In pairs, the gold medal went to Russia's Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, while Kailani Craine of Australia took a leg up on the ladies field.


Making her second appearance in Oberstdorf (and her first since 2015), Craine delivered a sound rendition of her "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "One Day" short. Her new personal-best score of 58.02 points helped the Australian gain a slight lead atop the standings.

Finishing second in the segment was Sweden's Matilda Algotsson, who registered her own personal-best of 56.91 points for her Ingrid Michaelson program. Germany's Nathalie Weinzierl landed third with 55.48 points.


Hendrickx entered the free skate as the overnight leader, and after securing new personal bests in the segment (167.91) and for total score (253.06), the 25-year-old solidified his place atop the podium.

American Alex Johnson, who was second after the short program, stumbled to a sixth-place finish in the segment. Despite the rough showing, Johnson's event total of 226.04 points was still enough to help him secure the silver medal.

Sweden's Alexander Majorov became one of the six skaters to secure a place for his country in PyeongChang after his James Bond and Peter Gunn free skate helped him lock up the bronze medal.

In addition to Hendrickx and Majorov, Yaroslav Paniot (Ukraine), June Hyoung Lee (Republic of Korea) and Matteo Rizzo (Italy) also qualified spots for their countries at the Winter Games. Julian Zhi Jie Yee qualified as well, meaning his country of Malaysia will have a figure skater compete at the Olympic Games for the first time ever.


While the gold medal went to Tarasova and Morozov and silver went to hometown favorites Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, the day belonged to five pairs who earned spots for their country in PyeongChang.

On the strength of a personal-best free skate, Australia's Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor solidified a place for Australia in PyeongChang, locking up the bronze medal in the process. 

Joining Australia in February will be Austria (Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer), Democratic Republic of Korea (Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim), Israel (Paige Conners and Evgenia Krasnopolski), and Czech Republic (Anna Dušková and Martin Bidař).

Team USA's Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, who finished the short program a disappointing 10th, accrued a personal-best segment score (120.88) and overall total (176.35) en route to placing seventh in the final standings.