L-Plater Learns From Her Mistakes
22 February, 1998
Saturday -- BY THE extremely high standards Jo Carter sets
for herself, the 12th place in the women's figure skating
competition at the 18th Winter Olympics early today was
for a 17-year-old competing in her L-plate Olympics and
with her sights trained on the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City,
it was a display full of promise.
admitted she needed to be stronger mentally after landing
"almost three" of her five triple jumps in the
free program, again touching down on the opening triple
lutz and falling on a triple salchow, which is usually one
of her best jumps.
gave it my best shot on the night; really it was all or
nothing," she said. "I have to work on the psychological
side of it a little bit, maybe not even with a psychologist,
just with myself.
happened to me twice that I've done well in the short program
and then the next day when I go to practise I start feeling
a little bit insecure, as though maybe I don't belong in
sounds very silly to most people but it's a feeling that
isn't too nice to have the day before you're competing.
not technical any more, it's mental."
said she took great heart from the bronze-medal performance
of teammate Zali Steggall, who competed at her first Games
at the age of 17 in 1992 and said then she was aiming for
a place on the podium six years down the track in the slalom.
as an athlete the amount of work she's put in and the things
she's given up to get where she is, it's an incredible reward,"
said Carter. "Hopefully, 2002 in Salt Lake will be
finished 11th in the 1997 world championships after starting
the free program in 10th position, and again slipped one
place last night to 12th.
a heap of room for improvement and as Andrei (coach Andrei
Pachin) says to me, it's not technical any more. Basically,
I have to go and fix my head," she said.
previous best result by an Australian individual woman skater
at an Olympics was 14th, by Nancy Hallam in 1952 in Oslo.
figure skating team leader Wendy Langton said Carter's performance
was technically very good, even if she did not complete
all of her jumps.
Pachin also demands the best from Carter. "In Andrei's
view, Jo has to be perfect all the time," said Langton.
an extremely demanding coach and she's just as demanding
of herself; they're both perfectionists."
next competition is the world championships, starting in
Minneapolis next month.
Tara Lipinski overtook fellow American Michelle Kwan to
become, at 15, the youngest women's figure skating gold
held on for the silver and Lu Chen of China claimed the