Carter 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.

Carter 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 points.

Russian 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.

Carter, 25, was happy to be well inside the top 15 from her group who go through to the short program.

“All 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.”

“But 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.”

“Now 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.

The short program, also worth 25 per cent, will be skated on Friday evening Moscow time, with the free program to follow on Saturday.

Carter needs to finish in the top 24 overall to qualify a place for Australia at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics next year.

In 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.