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
Link to Article Below
*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
Link to Article Below
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
Link to Article Below
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
Link to Video Report Below
Does anyone has the video of Brooklee's performance at the gala?
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Welcome to Golden Skate ausss! Post long & often.
Here's Brooklee's EX, to Nora Jones' Come Away with Me:
The music may be blocked in Australia; it is in the US. Or Not
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09-30-2013, 03:08 PM
10-01-2013, 12:27 AM
Happy 100th post!!
Want to wish all Australian sakters good luck in this week's Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic.
This week, David Kranjec will be looking for a top10 placing, after having issues in the short program inhis first assignment. Also, after coming off a solid performacnce at the Nebelhorn Trophy where she secures a spot for Australia in the Olympics, Brooklee Han will be looking to improve and get more reception for her programs as well as receive more ranking points.
10-01-2013, 02:37 AM
Many many congratulations to Team Australia: Brooklee, Brendan, Danielle and Greg for getting qualified for the Olympic spots that are well-deservedly earend by their fabulous performances at the recent Nebelhorn!
And many congrats, too, to karne, GF, Orange Cat, ausss and all other Aussie-origined GS members! All cheering for these skaters from you guys, especially during Nebelhorn, is totally AWESOME!
And to ausss: most heartfelt 'welcome' to GS Forum from me, too!
10-01-2013, 04:11 AM
Hangout with our Dance Champions
Countdown to Sochi
Dani and Greg alongside World No. 2 Aeriel skier David Morris and up and coming Alpine skier Greta Small are having a live hangout on Thursday 4pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Click the link below to find out how you can chat or ask a question to Dani and Greg!
A big thanks to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) for organising this.
If you want to chat but are stuck on questions, here are a few areas you can ask
-How they began skating/skating together
-Things they have in common/pet peeves
-Canterbury Ice Rink, coaches, how it differs to training facilities overseas
-How it was like pre 2010 to compete/frustration of not being able to move up in the Ice dance world
-2009 Nebelhorn Trophy (Greg had to withdraw from the Olympic Qualifier because of a sudden heart sac infection)
-Their Aboriginal Original Dance
-Not being able to make the Vancouver Olympics
-The process of transitioning from training in Sydney to training in Detroit
-Detroit Skating Club/Pasquale and Anjelika/Massimo Scali etc./Working with training mates such as Kaitlyn/Andrew, Nathalie/Fabian, Madison/Zachary etc.--How do they push you?
-What they do off the ice
-2012 Worlds and qualifying to skate the FD for the first time
-The 2012-13 season (Lots of travel, the introduction of the minimum technical element score and their battle to get it- the disappointment for not making it to 2013 Worlds.)
-What they did on their off season to try and improve in order to qualify at Nebelhorn
-Their experience at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy
-The competition day preparation (What they do the morning of competition/before their group goes on warmup)
-Their take on the current state of skating (TV coverage) and the scoring system
-The kiss and cry experience- Greg seems to be quite the character--funny faces, jokes Greg's shot gun if they made
a mistake etc.
-Conception and the development of their Circus themed Free Dance-- how their 2012-13 version differs from 2013-14 version. What are they trying to portray? How are they going to develop it from now to next competition?
-'Your journey up to this point has definitely been one of disappointments and frustrations. Its never easy you train and compete in ice dance, representing a nation that is so isolated from the ice dance world. Did you ever wish that your skating was able to be nurtured in a way similar to those in big skating nation?/
etc. those types of questions. Unfortunately I won't be able to do this chat as I don't use twitter or google+ but i hope some of you might take it up.
10-01-2013, 05:30 AM
If only I had twitter or google+ and wasn't busy this Thursday afternoon! GF, thanks so much for all these updates!
10-02-2013, 08:26 AM
Just a friendly reminder. There is going to be a google chat with Ice Dance champions Danielle Obrien and Gregory alongside other Australia Olympic hopefuls tomorrow at 4pm AEST time . There is a link a couple of posts above this post. Follow the links and find out how to join in or at least ask a question.
Promos for the olympics in Australia have put alot of emphasis on freestyle skiing and snowboarding and not much on anything else- especially figure skating, so it would be great if you cqould give Dani and Greg some love and support. Thanks