Skater gets season off to a n-ice start with win

Skating star David Richardson has got his figure skating season off to a n-ice start with two podium finishes.

The 26-year-old, who first took up the sport at Whitley Bay Ice Rink, glided his way to first place in Croatia and won his seventh medal at the British Championships.

Richardson, who trains at The National Ice Centre in Nottingham, won gold in the Golden Bear Trophy in Croatia in the lead up to the British Championships with a score of 150.92.

At the British Championships in Sheffield Richardson’s short programme earned him 55.83 points – a personal best – while for his long programme, he skated to ‘Bolero’ to earn 102.53 points, giving him third place overall.

Richardson, from Newcastle, said: “I have competed more this season in the lead up to the British Championships and I have continually improved and progressed. In each international competition I’ve gained a PB every time I’ve skated.

“I’m just really enjoying my skating and more relaxed about everything this season.”

Richardson’s head coach Gurgen Vardanjan said: “This season, David has skated the best I have seen him skate. He is getting stronger each time he competes and has a faultless work ethic.

“He trains very hard and is using his experience as a World and European competitor to his advantage now.

“We’ll just have to wait and see if he gets selected for the Winter Olympics or European and World Championships.”

Richardson added: “I am delighted with my performance overall but know I need to continue to train hard if I want to succeed.

“Pre-season training has been a vital part of set-up this season and has clearly paid dividends. I am mentally and physically in the best shape I have been in for many seasons and enjoy my sport more than ever.”