Earlier this month, the British Olympic Association (BOA) announced the 15 athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF 2015), taking place from 25th to 30th January 2015. Two of those athletes are junior figure skaters, Danielle Harrison and Joshua Brown who are both members of the National Ice Skating Association (NISA).
Below is an update on their progress so far:
Result: finished 22nd out of 30 in the short programme today (Monday 26th Jan). Free programme scheduled for Wednesday to decide the medals.
British junior champion Danni Harrison was disappointed with her routine, missing three of seven elements and eventually placing 22nd but the 15-year-old is confident of putting in a strong display in Wednesday free programme.
Harrison said: “It didn’t go well today to be honest, which is a shame because I know that I could have done so much better. I didn’t land the jumps well, which took the points off, but the rest of the routine went well and I’ll certainly be looking to come out fighting on Wednesday in the free programme.
“It’s a strong field of girls but I know that if I skated my best I could have ended up with a really good result here, so that’s disappointing. Hopefully I can get my confidence back up for the free programme and skate to the best of my ability. It would be great to perform a bit better and do myself justice in the event.”
Result: Josh Brown was agonisingly close to a personal best on the ice rink at Dornbirn, Austria today, finishing just one point off as he came in 11th out of 18 after today’s boys’ short programme competition. Score: 45.02. The 15-year-old missed his first element before a superb finish left within a chance of a top 10 finish going into Wednesday’s free programme.
Josh Brown said: “I was really pleased with how today went. After a mistake with the first element I was determined to finish strongly so to come away with a clean skate from then on was encouraging. The standing of skaters is very high so to finish just one point short of a personal best is a great result.
“Hopefully I can go one better and collect a PB in Wednesday’s free programme and break into the top 10. That’s certainly my aim and I know I’m capable of doing so.”