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McCorkell avenges Vancouver memory with season's best

February 8, 2014 18:06 pm

Jenna McCorkell finally avenged painful memories of her last Olympic appearance to wear a wide and relieved smile in Sochi.

McCorkell, the 11-time British champion, was left in tears after falling during the short programme in Vancouver four years ago, meaning she didn't get to perform her free skate.

But she produced a solid routine to score a season's best 50.09 in the short programme of the team figure skating competition - fuelling her confidence ahead of her individual event later in the Games.

Great Britain qualified to the team event as the world's number ten nation and that's where they finished, as skating powerhouses Russia, Canada, USA, Japan and Italy progressed to perform free skates that will decide the medals.

"It was my season's best by 11 points and that's a big step up from the European Championships," said McCorkell. 

"I'm just proud to finally put a performance in at the Olympic Games, the biggest event in the world.

"I lost a few points on my levels and spins, so there is room to improve for the individual event and I'm excited to get back into training now.

"I did my absolute best and I was really relieved after what happened at the last Olympics. I wasn't really ready approaching Vancouver but I came in here knowing my practices were going very well and I felt more confident. 

"I knew I could do it and I'm just over the moon. It's a really great feeling."

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