McCorkell eyes 11th national title but has Sochi on the mind

28 November 2013 / 10:09

Jenna McCorkell will be odds-on favourite to win a record 11th British figure skating title in Nottingham this weekend - but she'll judge her season purely on success in Sochi.

McCorkell made her long-awaited Olympic debut in Vancouver but was left in tears after a stumble in her short programme cost her a chance to skate her free programme.

She intends to right that wrong in Sochi, with edging towards the top ten her ambition, in addition to bettering the 150.90 point personal best she set at the 2010 World Championships.

“I learnt a lot from Vancouver," said McCorkell. 

"I learnt a lot preparation wise and how I will enter the Games will be different from four years ago. 

"In Vancouver I was just a bit in shock and over-awed with everything. I’ve changed my entire coaching team and changed the entire set-up since then and it seems to be going well so far.

“I’m pretty excited about going to my second Olympics. It’s starting to feel a bit more real now that it’s getting closer and closer.

“I haven’t set myself a target for Sochi yet. I’m still working towards what I can do with my new programme, so a personal best would probably be the best thing I could hope for. We’ll see – you never know."

McCorkell switched her coaching team in 2011 to work with Simon Briggs but admits the lure of Sochi brings special pressures.

“Training is obviously a little bit more hyped up in an Olympic year," she added.

"After the nationals I'm off to Zagreb in December and then it's the European Championships in January and then, hopefully, the Olympics. 

"The competitions are a little bit more intense when the Olympics are on the horizon. I just hope to be in top form by the time I go there. We've got a plan, I just hope it works out this time."

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