Kerry keeping on

27 February 2017

FIGURE SKATING: A second strong performance from Brendan Kerry at the Asian Winter Games (AWG) has put the 22-year-old in good step for next month’s World Figure Skating Championships where he will aim to qualify Australia for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

Kerry was ranked fifth after the short program and he maintained his standing in the overall placings with another consistent performance in the free skate.

His overall score of 237.37 is a good indication that the Sochi Olympian is on track for a second Olympic Games berth.

Despite performing well in Friday’s short program Kerry admitted to being nervous in the free.

“This is my first program in competition successfully landing two different quads so that was pretty awesome but I feel it was a bit sloppy and I was disappointed with my mindset going into it, (I was) self-doubting a lot,” Kerry said.

“Doing these back to back events it’s a huge drop off in training. I go from having as much ice as I want to being limited to one practice a day. I feel as though doing quality elements is a strength of mine but stamina is on the low end so when you take the training schedules away it’s pretty hard to maintain that,” he said.

Having successfully competed at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and now Asian Winter Games, Kerry is confident his routine can secure Australia a start in the men’s event at next year’s Olympics.

"I saw my choeographer about a month ago and we made some changes, so last week was a good simulation and this week was a chance to test things out and figure out what we need to change, so it should be good going into Worlds,” he said.

Michelle Cook
olympics.com.au

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