Lee finishes 13th in Four Continents
 
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia
8 February, 2009.
 

Sydney 15-year-old Cheltzie Lee has skated to an impressive 13th place at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, Canada.

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Performing at the Pacific Coliseum, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic venue, Lee finished in 15th place in the short program, receiving a personal best score of 43.96.

The AIS skater then produced another personal best 79.92 points in the free program, moving up two spots in the final rankings with 123.88 points overall.

Fellow Australian Tina Wang finished in 18th place on 108.02 points, while Jessica Kurzawski missed a place in the free program after finishing in 30th position in the short program with 28.94 points.

“I am happy with my skate and just so relieved,” said Lee after the event.

“There’s definitely improvements to be made but it’s fabulous that Cheltzie has achieved a PB at her first senior event and made it to Worlds,” said coach Kylie Fennell.

Korean skater Yu-Na Kim collected the gold medal with 189.07 points.

Kim set a new world record score of 72.24 points in the short program, nearly eight points clear of the field, and that was enough to give her the overall title, despite only finishing third in the free skate.

Joannie Rochette thrilled her home-town fans by taking the silver medal on 183.91 points, while Mao Asada of Japan, the reigning world champion, received the bronze on 176.52 points.

In the men's event, Mark Webster was the best of the Australians, finishing in 15th place on 123.08 points.

Robert McNamara was three places further back on 116.47 points, while Nicholas Fernandez was in 21st position on 105.34 points.

In the ice dancing, Australian champions Danielle O'Brien and Greg Merriman edged out compatriots Maria and Evgeni Borounov, finishing in 10th place on 112.93 points, while the Borounovs were one spot behind on 101.35 points.