In a powerhouse jumping display, Kerry landed the Quad Salchow in the free, (a first for any Australian) and a magnificent triple axel/triple toe combination. Both jumps were the highest scoring by any competitor in the event, (11.50 and 14.86 respectively). He also nailed the Quad Toe Loop in the short program and was the only competitor to land quads in both sections in the event.
Kerry’s jumping prowess ranked his technical scores third in both programs.
His career best total of 189.94, after placing 4th in the free program saw him climb one place up from 6th in the short. Winner, Romain Ponsart from France scored a total of 204.17.
“I successfully landed two different quads and became the first ever Australian to land a quad salchow. The remainder of the programs were not quite the two skates I was hoping for at this event. However, it's definitely a big improvement from the beginning of the season,” Kerry said from Poland.
The focus on technical elements in training this season has been a deliberate plan to consolidate his performances and restore confidence.
“I’m feeling motivated and more sure of my ability. Now to head home to LA and hopefully keep getting better headed into the championship events,” he said.
Kerry will next compete in the Four Continent Championships in Taipei in early February.
The New South Wales Ice Skating Association (NSWISA) is now an OWIA partner for its two national champions, Brendan Kerry and Kailani Craine.