An overall 141.88 total placed Brooklee in 21st position, which was one place off an automatic entry in the Ladies event for Australia at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Australia has been represented in this event at every games since Nagano in 1998.
Skating her free program to a piano version of Ava Maria, the 17-year-old Connecticut-based high school senior successfully landed four triple jumps in a confident performance that highlighted her ease of movement and high-level spinning technique.
Smashing her overall PB score by almost seven points, Brooklee announced her arrival on the world scene, and is excited to be in the senior ranks.
“I’m really pleased with the programs,” Brooklee said from London, Ontario after the free skate. “It was an honour to compete here. Making the free program was great.”
2010 Olympic Champion Yuna Kim, who had not competed at world level since her Vancouver win, demolished the field, skating a passionate “Les Miserables” free program that included two glorious triple/triple jump combinations and four other triples with a seeming ease. The ‘Queen of Cool’ was in a class of her own and amassed a total score of 218.31, almost 20 points ahead of Italy’s Carolina Kostner on 197.89, who also delivered an emotionally powerful performance to Ravel’s Bolero, but which was marred but a fall in the final seconds. Third place went to Japan’s Mao Asada with 196.47.
After her win, Yuna Kim told the audience that she was back because she wanted to secure more places for Korea in Sochi so that other young Korean girls could experience an Olympic Games. USA and Japan also secured three spots for their countries in the Ladies event at Sochi.