Danielle O’Brien and Greg Merriman, Ice-Dancers from Sydney, need to compete at Canterbury Ice Rink, in order to secure a place at the Qualification Competition to be held in Obersdorf in September.
The top Australian place getters from the Senior divisions at Skate Down Under will go on to skate in Germany for their final chance at a spot on Australia’s Winter Olympic team competing at Sochi in 2014.
Danielle and Greg were unlucky four years ago at the Olympic qualifying event when Greg became ill and unable to skate, missing their chance to represent Australia at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Over the last four years the Olympic Winter Institute Scholarship winners, have been living in Detroit, USA and training with Olympic silver medalist, Anjelika Krylova and her husband Pasquale Camerlengo.
They have made huge strides up the ice dance ladder this season. They are now ranked 25th in the World and picked up Australia’s first International medal for Ice-Dance.
Skate Down Under will be the last opportunity for ice-skating fans to see the couple perform their Olympic programs before the do or die Olympic Qualification event in Germany in September.
Also being decided at Skate Down Under will be the Olympic qualification place for the Ladies and Mens event, which will be hotly contested by Australia’s best figure skaters including Brooklee Han, Chantelle Kerry, David Kranjec and Brendan Kerry.
Danielle and Greg compete at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 21 August and 6.15pm Thursday, 22 August. For full details of Skate Down Under visit www.isa.org.au
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