finishes worlds on high
20 March, 2005
figure skater Jo Carter has delivered one of the best performances
of her career to finish 11th in the free program at the
world championships in Moscow.
scored 95.60 points from the judges, outscoring a group
of higher-ranked competitors including 2004 European champion
Julia Sebestyen of Hungary and Ukraine star Elena Lyashenko.
with the points from the qualifying round, the short program
and the free program contributing to the overall score -
and with an even better free program performance from Swiss
skater Sarah Meier - Carter actually dropped one place from
the 15th position she held at the end of the short program.
ended the competition in 16th place with 163.38 points.
Irina Slutskaya, the 2002 champion, won with 222.71 points
from American Sasha Cohen (214.39), with Carolina Kostner
of Italy third on 200.56.
result was well inside the top 24 spot she needed to qualify
a spot for Australia at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
competed at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games and produced the
best result by an Australian woman in Olympic figure skating
competition to finish 12th.
25-year-old from Sydney was thrilled to finish the world
championships on such a high note.
was the first time I have really felt like everything was
110 per cent there in an international competition performance,"
managed to skate a clean program and a personal best score
not a fan of the new judging and points system at the moment
- I skate better and I come lower? Of course, the moral
of the story is that I need to skate a blinder for every
I'm really happy with my long program today. The president
of the International Ice Skating Union came up to our Australian
judge and said he was very impressed with my performance,
so that was very positive.
not every day you get a comment like that.
I'm overjoyed and any other adjective you can think of now
that I have qualified a place at the 2006 Olympics. 'Im
just so happy all the hard work has paid off.
body is definitely ready for a break. Everything is hurting,
and I seem to have a zillion bruises. Its been a long season,
but worth every push on the ice."