Icing On The Cake
As Miriam Wins 4th Title.
By Candy Gibson
City News, September 7, 2004
it comes to skating on thin ice, 29-year-old Miriam Manzano
has got it down to a fine art. But thereís nothing risky
about this Mawson figure skaterís technique. In fact,
her graceful manoeuvres have been rewarded in spectacular
has just won the Australian Ladies Figure Skating Championships
for the fourth year in succession.
out the title in Sydney on August 29, the talented Canberran
now has five national titles to her credit.
makes her achievements remarkable is the fact that Miriam
took a two-year hiatus from ice skating between 1998 and
credits the break with her renewed enthusiasm and continued
success in the past four years.
started ice skating relatively late - as a 12-year-old
- but I was consumed with it for more than 10 years,"
she said. "I climbed the ranks very quickly and was Junior
Champion one year and then National Champion the next."
was inevitable and the Mawson skater decided to withdraw
from the rink and explore real life on the outside.
two years I really started to miss it, though, and was
keen to get back on the ice."
said her return to competition in 2000, with a much stronger
and fitter body, and with a more mature outlook, has paid
skating has changed a lot in recent years. It is a lot
more athletic now and more strength is required.
love the combination of artistry, freedom and athleticism.
Itís a great sense of freedom."
next goal is the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino, Italy.