Tomas was third after yesterday short program, behind the young Gachinski and the Tsar Plushenko.
Speaking about Plushenko comeback, Tomas' thoughts were reported on his Facebook page:
I didn’t feel any pressure because of Evgeni, this is an event of 24 skaters, and whoever will be the best will be decided by the judges. I tried to do my best. But I felt some pressure because during the Grand Prix season I didn’t get as much done as I wanted. That was the only pressure. Evgeni being here is actually a great pleasure because it’s always good to compete against such great skaters.
Right after skating, speaking of his performance, Tomas said:
It was a disappointing opening to the program. I knew when I missed the quad and I’ve been struggling with the triple Axel in practice so I felt I didn’t have anything to look forward to. But then it was better. I just hope I did good enough for the free skate and will be in the last group. That was my goal.
On his injury, Tomas added:
In the summer I slipped a disc in my lower spine and had two months off at the beginning of the season – two months of a lot of pain. It was desperate. Then at New Year I pulled the bands in my left knee. So it has not been the best start to the season. I think I am now at 80 percent fitness. But you will rarely find an athlete at full fitness. I would like to say congratulations to Sheffield. It is a really lovely crowd.
A beautiful pic of our top skaters waiting for the press conference to start.