eyes Olympics Miriam chases her dream
1 October 2003
hopeful Miriam Manzano says she can almost taste and smell
success because of the public's support.
full-time figure skater, who needs a major sponsor, has
been overwhelmed by Brisbane's hospitality.
senior ladies Australian champion, 28, moved from the
Australian Capital Territory to Acacia Ridge in June to
help her qualify for Italy's Winter Olympics in 2006.
has training sessions at Boondall and Acacia Ridge's Iceworld,
and has been given free ice time at both centres, plus
Toowong's Majestic Health Massage has donated its time
to keep her body stress-free.
Manzano, ranked 25th in the world, said the support made
it easier to make Australia proud.
dream about it (going to the Olympics). It's here. I can
feel it and I can taste it," Ms Manzano said.
feels real because this is my best opportunity."
the meantime, Ms Manzano will compete in several overseas
events and hopes to improve her world ranking with the
help of coach Colin Jackson.
petite athlete, who measures 153cm, has tasted success
before. She was junior Australian champion at 15 and,
a couple of years later, took the same title at a senior
took a two-year hiatus in 2000, and just missed the only
Australian female spot for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics
in 2002. She also narrowly missed out on representing
Australia at the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998.
to turn her dream into a reality, Ms Manzano quit her
full-time job earlier this year to move to Queensland.
figure skater must be in the top 24 at a world championships
in the year before the olympics and the Australian Olympic
Committee has to nominate her before she can compete in