Exciting to see strengthening performances from Australian skaters. I'm sure there are many athletes who love to compete in Australia.
Men's Short Program
Skater: Brendan Kerry
This short program was such a great skate for him. He managed to execute everything so well, with great speed and power. It is also great that he is using his edges to generate speed- it's both effective and aesthetically pleasing.
His triple lutz-triple toeloop combination had great speed and control throughout, the triple axel had that snap which we all know and love. I thought that he should've put in the triple flip instead of the triple loop but since he does the Junior Grand Prix (and this season, all Junior skaters have to do a loop jump) it's understandable. He also received levels 3s and 4s for the spins and step sequences. Technically, to take it to the next level he and his coaching team need to look at the GOE criteria and find out what they can do so he can squeeze out more points!
His components have also seen a massive boost- especially his skating skills. His use of his edges and his knees have helped boost that mark. I felt that some of the judges under marked Brendan (one of the judges awarded him only a 4.75 for transitions...CRAZY!). In saying that, in order for Brendan to improve he needs to integrate more intricate choreography and use more facial expression to try and better portray and interpret what his program is about. His transitions are already difficult and he can transition well but he can benefit by reaching out to the audience better instead of looking like he's thinking through his program. If he can do this, his performance/execution, choreography and Interpretation components can improve!
Nevertheless, he had the moment and he was richly rewarded for it. Well done!
3Lox [10% Bonus for being in the second half]: 5.61+0.00=5.61
Technical Elements 38.58
Presentation factored by X1.0
Skating Skills (Range of marks 5.25-6.50) >>> 6.14
Transition/Linking Footwork (Range of marks 4.75-7.00) >>> 5.64
Performance/Execution (Range of marks 5.25-6.26) >>> 5.89
Choreography/Composition (Range of marks 5.00-6.50) >>> 5.93
Interpretation (Range of marks 5.25-6.50) >>> 5.79
Presentation Score after factoring by X1.0 29.39
Total Score for the Short Program 67.97
Rank after SP: 5th/34 Skaters
Rank after SP amongst skaters looking for Olympic Qualification: 1st/26 Skaters
Podium Results after SP
1. Nobunari Oda JPN 87.34
2. Jason Brown USA 79.41
3. Jeremy Ten CAN 76.49
4. Artur Dmitriev RUS 73.39
Skaters in Qualification Position
1. Brendan Kerry AUS 67.97 (5th)
2. Zoltan Kelemen ROU 65.52 (6th)
3. Ronald Lam HKG 64.55 (7th)
4. Alexei Bychenko ISR 64.50 (8th)
5. Yakov Godorozha UKR 63.68 (9th)
6. Paul Bonifacio Parkinson ITA 63.37 (10th)
Michael Christian Martinez PHI 61.55 (11th)
Stephane Walker SUI 60.50 (12th)
Kim Lucine MON 59.28 (13th)
Maciej Cieplucha POL 58.26 (15th)
Valtter Virtanen FIN 55.55 (16th)
Justus Strid DEN 55.28 (17th)
Current Status to Qualify: IN GOOD CONTENTION TO QUALIFY
Video Link to his Short Program
British Eurosport- Commentators Simon Reed & Nicky Slater
The Referee needs to review this!!...But what's the chance of THAT happening??
Brendan Kerry top qualifier after Short Program
"In an exciting session of figure skating for Australia, 18-year-old Brendan Kerry rocketed to a new personal best to end the short program as the highest placed qualifier for the remaining Olympic spots on offer..."
Article Written By Alice Wheeler for the Australian Olympic Committee
Published on September 27, 2013
Link to Article Below
OMG!!! (goodness of course!!!)
Australia is off to Sochi baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well done Brooklee for doing Australia proud- now channel 10 HAS to do a story about figure skating sometime
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! AUSTRALIAN SKATER BOOKS TICKET TO SOCHI
Brooklee Han secures Olympic quota place
"Brooklee Han skated her heart out on Day 2 of the Nebelhorn Trophy, securing Australia a place in the ladies’ individual figure skating for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Her result in the free program meant that she finished in overall fifth place – but most importantly, first out of non-qualified competitors. With only six spots on offer, Han ensured Australia would continue its proud history of figure skating at the Winter Olympics..."
Article Written by Alice Wheeler for the Australian Olympic Committee
Published September 28, 2013
Link to Article Below
I was out last night and slept in late and woke up to read about Brooklee and Brendan- amazing!! So impressed by Brooklee in particular, for throwing everything down in the FS!
Ladies' Free Skate
Skater: Brooklee Han
Score After SP: 48.74
Rank After SP: 10th/35 Skaters
Qualification Status: 5th/29 Skaters
What a skate from Brooklee! She went out there and showed what she is capable of and because of that, she has booked a spot for Australia in the Ladies' event at the Olympics. Unlike her short program, she showed that determination and that fight we saw in her last season.
Technically, she is much improved- so much so that her Technical Elements score was higher than skaters who finished higher than her! All the elements were performed with good speed, fluidity and flow. As always, her spins were fantastic with speed, flexibility and an ease in transitioning in, throughout and out of the spins. Her step sequences also demonstrated her musicality, flexibility and her ability to perform difficult steps and turns in time with the music. Most of her jumps were cleanly skated, except she did pop her Triple Salchow (but she later got it in combination with with two double toeloops) and she got an edge deduction for her solid looking triple lutz. In my opinion, Brooklee doesn't need to add any new jumps into the program- what she can improve on is the flow of her combination jump elements- she comes into the jump with such attack but when she goes for the next jump it slows down.
Her presentation, again, was much improved and super to watch. She has this gentle, open and flowing style to her skating. The composition of this program was great and she effectively used her facial expressions, extensions and movements to interpret the music. As the Olympics approaches, some things that Brooklee can do to improve this second mark is to try and integrate more intricate choreography into the program so the story/mood she is trying to create can come out clearer. She can also work on her transition component- she had some difficult transitions but it would be great to see her push herself further.
Overall, a great performance, which in my opinion, Australians will like a lot when we see her on TV at Sochi 2014.
3Lz(e edge deduction): 6.00-0.90=5.10
1Sx[10% bonus for being in second half]: 0.44-0.03=0.41
2Ax[10% bonus for being in second half]: 3.63+0.00=3.63
3S+2T+2Tx [10% bonus for being in second half]: 7.48-0.10=7.38
Technical Elements 51.62
Presentation (Factor results by X1.6)
Skating Skills (Range of marks 5.50-6.25) >>> 5.82
Transitions/Linking Footwork (Range of marks 5.00-6.00) >>> 5.54
Performance/Execution (Range of marks 5.75-6.50) >>> 6.07
Choreography/Composition (Range of marks 5.50-6.50) >>> 5.86
Interpretation (Range of marks 5.50-7.00) >>> 5.96
Presentation Score after factoring by X1.60 46.80
Total Score for Free Skate 98.42
Rank for FS: 5th/35 Skaters
Total Competition Score: 147.16
Overall Rank: 5th/35 skaters
Overall Rank amongst skaters looking for Olympic Qualification: 1st/29 Skaters
Australia's Olympic Status: QUALIFIED
Final Podium Results
1. Elena Radionova RUS 188.21
2. Miki Ando JPN 162.86
3. Ashley Cain USA 162.39
1. Brooklee Han AUS 147.16 (5th)
2. Elene Gedevanishvili GEO 144.80 (6th)
3. Anne Line Gjersem NOR 142.87 (7th)
4. Kerstin Frank AUT 137.03 (9th)
5. Elizaveta Ukolova CZE 136.72 (10th)
6. Isadora Williams BRA 130.08 (12th)
1st Alternate: Lithuania
2nd Alternate: Finland
3rd Alternate: Luxembourg
Video Link to her Free Skate below.
British Eurosport- Commentators Nicky Slater & David Clements
Australia's National Skating Federation- Ice Skating Australia
IceSkatingAustralia @IceSkatingAUS 16m
QUALIFIED. #sochi! Fabulous! Good on ya Brooklee!