Han secures skate spot for Australia
Brooklee Han has secured Australia a place in the figure skating for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
American-born and raised Brooklee Han has secured Australia a place in the ladies' individual figure skating for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Han, who has an Australian father, finished in fifth place overall at the Nebelhorn Trophy event in Germany.
The 18-year-old, who lives and trains in Connecticut, was first of the non-qualified competitors for the Games.
There were six Games places on offer from the event.
Skating to the soundtrack of the Taiwanese movie Secret, Han skated well, only faltering slightly on one jump in her free program.
Her segment score of 98.42 and total score of 147.16 eclipsed her previous personal bests of 91.26 and 141.88 respectively, which she achieved at the 2013 World Championships.
Article Written for the AAP (Australian Associated Press)
Published on September 28, 2013
Four Aust skaters secure Olympic berths
A record-equalling four figure skaters have qualified to represent Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi,
Men's figure skater Brendan Kerry and ice dancing couple Danielle O'Brien and Greg Merriman all booked their spots on Saturday at the qualifying event in Obertsdorf, Germany.
Kerry overcame a suspected broken wrist suffered during the warm-up on Friday to finish first among the 28 men still seeking Olympic qualification.
Kerry, who will be 19 at the Sochi Games, follows in the footsteps of his mother Monica MacDonald who competed in the ice dancing at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
"I almost cried when the results came up - I'm so proud of Bren," said MacDonald.
O'Brien, 23 and Merriman, 24 booked their tickets to their first Winter Olympics after finishing sixth in their free dance at the Nebelhorn Trophy.
The trio join American-born and raised Brooklee Han, who claimed her spot in the ladies' individual figure skating on Friday.
Article Written for Wide World of Sports
Published September 29, 2013
Going to do some maths now.
I'm curious to see Australia's odds of making the team event....it's very slim but it's still worth a try.
Ok! So currently Canada, China, Italy, Russia and the United States are automatic qualifiers.
There are seven countries that have to possibility to make the team event. They are
Okay. Now France, Germany and Japan are surely through so I won't bother with them
I'll try to add up the points for Australia, Estonia, Great Britain and Ukraine and I'll get back to you.
Dangit. We are just shy of making the team event. Oh well.
Aussie Figure skaters well represented in Sochi
"Australia will be sending its equal-largest figure skating contingent to the 2014 Winter Olympics, with four Australians qualifying at the weekend.
Ice dancers Danielle O'Brien and Gregory Merriman, and figure skaters Brooklee Han and Brendan Kerry are all through, after blistering results at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany.
"It's just a fantastic result for Australia," said Ice Skating Australia President Cathy Taylor..."
Article Written by Katherine Firkin for 3AW693 (Australian Radio Station for Fairfax Media)
Published on September 29, 2013
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*Katherine Firkin is an Australian Ice Dancer with Henri Du Pont and a Journalist from Melbourne, Victoria. She will be covering the Winter Olympics for Fairfax Radio. Follow her on her twitter @Katherinefirkin
Wrist injury can't stop teen Brendan Kerry skating to Sochi
"Teenager Brendan Kerry has defied a suspected broken wrist to become a second-generation Olympian as one of four Australian figure-skaters who qualified for the Sochi Games at the weekend qualifying event in Germany.
Kerry, the 18-year-old son of 1988 Olympic ice dancer Monica MacDonald, will continue a family tradition when he competes in Sochi in February.
He qualified for the games by finishing fourth among non-qualified athletes at the Nebelhorn Trophy. Six Olympic places were available.
Despite the wrist injury, sustained in a warm-up the previous day, Kerry produced the best performance of his career, scoring 188.67 points..."
Article Written by Nicole Jeffery for The Australian (News Limited)
Published on September 30, 2013
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A Victory for Free to air TV!
Network Ten launches catch up service
"Australia’s Network Ten has launched ‘Tenplay’, its online TV catch up service, as part of its ‘TV everywhere’ digital strategy.
The service aims to facilitate on demand TV viewing and live streaming of news and sport, as well as an online multichannel offering for the Sochi Winter Olympics..."
Article Written by Steven Raeburn for The Drum Magazine
Published September 30, 2013
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Condolences to one of Australia's first Winter Olympic Figure Skaters
"The son of an elderly man who died in a house fire has paid tribute to his father..."
Report Amelia Mulcahy for Channel 7 News
Published Sepetember 29, 2013
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Does anyone has the video of Brooklee's performance at the gala?
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