sets sights higher
20 February 1998
after skating to an outstanding 11th place, Australian teenage
ice queen Joanne Carter buried her head on her coach's shoulder
and said: "I'm sorry."
17, produced a short, but thrilling, routine marred only
by a small stumble in one of the most difficult jumps.
she sat in the "kiss and cry" area at Nagano's
White Ring stadium, the Year 12 student was comforted by
figure skating coach Andrei Pachin.
had hoped for a top 10 slot and was disappointed to have
fallen just short. Carter is now Australia's top female
figure skater of all time, adding an Olympic top 12 placing
to her 11th at the 1997 world championships in Lausanne.
she has promised the performance of her life in the free
skate where she will attempt all the twists, tricks and
triple jumps in her already considerable armory.
puffing after her program, she said: "Now I can go
into Friday night with all the triples, take the risks.
the free skate there is more time and you are allowed to
repeat things - I have nothing to lose."
who has won the national women's title for the past four
years, last August became the first Australian to land a
triple lutz in competition.
skater from Sydney's Macquarie Skating Club was five when
her mother Carol took her into an ice rink to cool down
on a hot day.
enjoyed it so much that she returned and started group lessons.
From there she graduated to individual lessons and a star
career was born.
life is unlike most teenagers, with little time for friends
all going to be there when I finish but the Olympics is
once in a lifetime," she said.
by the Russian husband and wife team of Andrei and Galena
Pachin, Carter knows she is closing on the world's best.
would say I'm competitive with them," she said.
there are some who are just amazing, but I feel confident
that I can go over and compete with them rather than just
go over for a trip."