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Kerry claims confidence boosting fourth in Salt Lake City

21 September 2016

“Being disappointed I didn’t medal is a new feeling” is how Brendan Kerry summed up his first international competition this season after placing 4th at the US International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City on the weekend.

Decimating his personal best from the World Championships back in March, Kerry advanced by 12 points scoring a total 222.40, landing three quads along the way and raising his performance scores across the short and free programs.

“Achieving a PB at an ISU event is a huge confidence booster. I’m ecstatic about that,” Kerry said.

“I feel like the free program overall was better than the local lead up events but due to a tendonitis injury in my left foot, I had to change the program and sacrifice some of the difficulty.”

“The salchows and axels are excruciating off my left foot but I have to do the triple axels. There was a lot of ground to make up from the short program and I knew the podium wasn’t going to happen but I felt like a competitor.”

Eight years since his debut as a 13-year-old on the Junior Grand Prix series in 2008, Kerry now has a real sense of belonging on the world figure skating stage.

“I’m in a medal mindset now. It’s a feeling of belonging. I will keep up the therapy and ice to my foot before the next event in Montreal at the end of the month. I gave away 10-11 points in the short and about 15-16 in the free, so there’s plenty to aim for.”

“Tammy (Kerry’s coach) was proud of my skate but annoyed I gave away levels in the spins.”

The Men’s US International Classic was won by USA’s Jason Brown (254.04) followed by Takahito Mura from Japan with 252.20 points. In third was Adam Rippon who scored 248.24.

Australia was also represented by Queensland’s Andrew Dodds who placed 12th with 160.54 followed by his brother, Jordan on 139.44.

Belinda Noonan
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia

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