Scoring a personal best 50.62, Brooklee skated to 20th place with a joyful program to ‘Freedom’, landing a triple toe/double toe-loop combination, triple loop and double axel along with her trademark spins. The Connecticut-based teenager, who skates for the Ice House club in Melbourne, has overcome injuries sustained last year, coming into form at the height of the international season.
Following a strong performance at the Four Continents Championships in February where she recorded PB’s for her short and free programs, Brooklee followed up with a solid 16th place at the Junior World Championships a few weeks ago in the lead up to this week’s World Championship.
Korean mega star, the ‘Queen of Cool’ - Yuna Kim made her emphatic return to world competition, skating early in the draw and throwing down the gauntlet to the rest of the field with a sublime, uber-confident skate that included a fast-moving triple lutz/triple toe-loop combination. The 2010 Olympic Champion was not marked overly high for the presentation side of her performance and was punished with a -2 for her required triple jump but it wasn’t enough to keep Kim easily off the top of the leaderboard with 69.97 points. Currently in second is European Champion Carolina Kostner from Italy with 66.86, with Kanako Murakami from Japan close behind in 3rd on 66.86.
Russian hopes for medal sweep in the Ladies event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics were dashed after Adelina Sotnikova, Alena Leonova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva crashed out of the top six with each taking falls or missing required elements.
The finals will be skated tomorrow.
By Belinda Noonan