Susan D. Russell, International Figure
No one expected 20 year old Sean Carlow to defeat 2004 national
champion Bradley Santer, least of all himself. "I did not think
I had a hope of winning. I was sick for a month before nationals.
I could not get out of bed for a week. After that, I could only
train once a day for about half an hour before I would have to go
home to bed. The final two weeks prior to nationals I did a lot
of cramming. I was really determined to skate the best I could.
"It was not in the plan for me to win. I thought I would go
to Four Continents and look forward to the new journey to 2010."
Last year Carlow won the short program. "But I got too excited and
lost it in the long," he said. "This year, Mom (his coach, Liz Cain)
kept me calm. "When the marks came up I could not believe I had
won. I was so excited and happy and Mom was crying. It was amazing!"
winning the national title, Carlow earned the right to attend the
Olympic qualifying event in Vienna in October. "My purpose is to
skate the best I can and make it into one of the top six countries
to go to Olympics. I think I will qualify if I can keep myself calm
and let everyone else make mistakes," he said. Ice Skating Australia
announced before nationals that the national champions will go to
Worlds and the Olympic qualifying event. This will be my second
trip to Worlds but first as the national champion, so I am extremely
comes from a skating family. His mother was a pairs skater with
her brother Peter. They represented Australia at the 1980 Olympic
Games in Lake Placid. Carlow said his background brought a little
bit of pressure but a lot of insight as well. "Mom has told me that
the Olympics are so different from any other competition," he said.
"You have to keep your focus and just concentrate on your job. I
live for skating. No matter what happens this year, I will be looking