Finland's Laura Lepisto won the women's title in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the European figure skating championships in Helsinki on Saturday.
Lepisto, 20, is the first Finnish skater to win a European singles title. Compatriots Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko won the ice dance competition in 1995.
"This feeling can't be described," said Lepisto, who covered her face when she saw her score. "I can't even start to tell what all is going through my mind now. I could never have expected this to happen. I had said my goal is to medal, but that it would be gold, I can't realize it."
Italian Carolina Kostner took the silver medal. She won the free skate but that wasn't enough to overcome Lepisto. The Finn wound up with 167.32 points, while Kostner placed second with 165.42 points.
Kostner struggled in the short program, falling on the takeoff of her triple Lutz, and found herself trailing Lepisto.
Kostner didn't look any more relaxed in her free skate on Saturday. Instead of her usual triple-triple combination, she did a triple flip-double toe loop combo and also did a triple Lutz-double toe-double loop combination.
But she doubled a planned second triple flip, and didn't get credit for one of her spins because judges decided it was the same as one she had already done.
"At the flip my concentration slipped for a moment," Kostner said. "I can't say this was my best program of the season. I made different errors each time."
Kostner, 21, had been gunning for her third straight European title. The Italian, who finished second at last season's world championships, won the Italian title earlier this season, as well as the Cup of Russia.
Susanna Poykio won the bronze medal on Saturday, giving Finland a second medal at the competition in Helsinki. Compatriot Kiira Korpi placed fifth.
It was Finland's best showing at the European championships.
Joubert wins men's title
France's Brian Joubert won the men's competition, ahead of Italian Samuel Contesti (silver) and Kevin Van Der Perren (bronze) of Belgium. Joubert won the world title in the 2006-2007 season and the Cup of Russia earlier this season.
Gemans Aliona Savechenko and Robin Szolkowy won the pairs competition, while Russians Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski won the gold in ice dance.