For Skye Chua, learning new tricks will give her a fighting chance in the next international competitions that she will join in.
Her personal coach Clarisse Roman said this after the 18-year-old Chua finished decently in the International Skating Union’s Junior Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia over the weekend.
“She’s improving. She has a lot of potential,” said Roman on Zoom after Chua settled for 20th out of 24 competitors.
Now back in Manila and undergoing quarantine protocols, Chua made do with the jumps and spins that she is already proficient. Chua still scored with her double axels and spins, which she is still trying to master.
An axel is one of the six main jumps that make up every figure skating program.
To complete an axel, a skater takes off from the outside edge of one skate, rotates in the air and lands on the outside edge of the opposite skate.
“I tried my best to work with the spins and jumps that I had. Pero, bumawi naman ako sa performance,” said Chua, who is getting ready for another event that the Philippine Skating Union will send her next.
The Russian skaters were dominant, grabbing the top five positions, with their triple axels and quadruple jumps.
This resulted in a 1-2-3 podium finish with Sofia Akateva (233.08) taking the gold medal.
Anastasia Zinina had 206.20 for the silver, while Sofia Samodelkina (202.39) bagged the bronze.
“The Russians we good. Hindi sila nawalan ng tricks kahit may pandemic with their triples and quad,” said Roman, who added that Chua is still in the process of perfecting her triple axel spins.
And when she does, Chua will be to do even much better in her international meet.