Ice queen's comeback
Hills Shire Times
22 January 2002

MAKING a comeback after two years off the ice, figure skater Joanne Carter is competing in the Four Continents Cup in Korea at the end of the month.

Carter injured her knee in 1999.

"My recovery has been gradual. Last year, I competed in the Goodwill Games in Brisbane. I wasn't happy with my performance there but I'm gradually getting back on form," she said.

The Four Continents Cup acts as a stepping stone to the World Cup and finally, the Olympics.

Finishing 12th in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan, she just missed out on qualifying for the Winter Games held in Salt Lake City in March this year.

Despite this disappointment, she is determined to compete in the 2006 Games in Italy.

Carter held the title of national champion for six years before injuring herself.

The 21-year-old West Pennant Hills resident had developed patella tendonitis - known as "jumper's knee" in basketball circles.

The knowledge she has acquired through studying physiotherapy at Sydney University-she is a third-year student-has helped her to deal with her injury.

Joanne has been working with trainer Robin Whiteley to build up strength at the gym.

Coaches Galina and Andrei Pachin work with her on the ice. Training sessions start at 5.30am six mornings a week.

Joanne watches the technique of male figure skaters to hone her skills.

"I love watching the men. They have more power. They're able to do quadruple jumps and I admire the Russian skater Evgeny Plushenko," she said.