15-year-old Cheltzie Lee has skated to an impressive 13th place at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, Canada.
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, who trains at Canterbury Ice Rink, 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.
“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.
Lee will compete at World Championships in Los Angeles in late March where she is looking for a top 20 finish to secure an entry for Australia in the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.
Australia’s Ice Dance Champions, Danielle O’Brien (from Strathfield) and partner Greg Merriman finished in a creditable 10th place.
By Barry White: Olympic Winter Institute