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Van Zundert also surprises himself with a historic 16th place at the World Figure Skating Championships | NOW

Lindsay van Zundert is very happy with her sixteenth place at the World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm. The sixteen-year-old from Brabant put in the best performance of a Dutch woman in Stockholm since the bronze of Dianne de Leeuw in 1976.

“It went very well, actually beyond expectations”, said Van Zundert on Friday after her free freestyle, in which she finished fifteenth with a strong personal record of 116.78 points. “I never expected this.”

The figure skater from Etten-Leur had stated in advance that she wanted to qualify for the free freestyle. She did that on Wednesday with the 24th place. Due to her clear free freestyle with six triple jumps, she climbed to sixteenth place in the final standings.

“I enjoyed it in the first place,” said Van Zundert. “I worked very hard to get here. I hoped to be able to qualify for the final and when I succeeded, I hoped to ride a good free freestyle. I succeeded. I go home with my head held high. am proud of myself. ”

The World Cup debutante hasn’t really celebrated her historic achievement yet, but that will come when she gets home, she says. “Then we will work on next season.”

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Van Zundert had to be the first on the ice in both the short freestyle and the free freestyle, but that did not seem to matter much to her. “No, my nerves didn’t bother me today either. I took to the ice with the feeling: I can do it and I’ll be fine.”

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