on track for Olympic qualification after world title opener
Article courtesy of The Olympic Winter
Institute of Australia
Wednesday, 16 March, 2005
Jo Carter is lying in 18th place after the qualifying round
of the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow,
a key step in her attempt to secure a place in the Australian
team for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics.
scored 20.41 points to finish in ninth place in her qualifying
group, which was led by last year’s world title runner-up
Sasha Cohen of the United States on 28.41 points. The 2004
World Junior champion Miki Ando of Japan was second on 27.66
Irina Slutskaya, the 2002 world champion, finished in first
place in the other qualifying group on 29.77 points, edging
Cohen and Ando back to second and third overall.
25, was happy to be well inside the top 15 from her group
who go through to the short program.
in all, I am happy with the result,” she said. “I’m not
so pleased with the actual performance - it was nowhere
near my best.”
needless to say, I’m very happy to be qualified through
to the short program. Galina (coach Galina Pachin) was pleased,
but also felt the same as me.”
it’s the business end of the competition and time to pull
out the big guns.” The Sydney skater carries her qualifying
score through to the next round, contributing 25 per cent
of the final overall score.
short program, also worth 25 per cent, will be skated on
Friday evening Moscow time, with the free program to follow
needs to finish in the top 24 overall to qualify a place
for Australia at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics next year.
1997 she gained the qualifying spot for Australia in the
lead-up to the Nagano Games when she recorded the country’s
best world championship placing of 11th.