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Kostner, who at 26 is among the older competitors and has won the European Championship five times dating back to 2007, said she was still experiencing some of the back pain and strong headaches which made her withdraw from some events before the Europeans.

She was inspired, however, by her new routine to Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”

“It was the first time for me to skate it in competition,” Kostner said. “When the music started, I felt just like the fog went away.”