McCorkell misses out on Olympic final

Published Thursday, 20 February 2014
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Coleraine figure skater Jenna McCorkell's narrowly missed out on the final of the women's free skate finishing an agonising one place and just 0.22 points short of the cut in her heat at the Winter Olympics.

McCorkell misses out on Olympic final
Jenna McCorkell has said she will decide her future after the Games. (© Getty)

The 27-year-old's exit from the competition signals the end of her Sochi adventures and possibly the end of her Olympic career.

McCorkell was fifth out of 30 competitors at the Iceberg Skating Palace, producing a performance that drew a score of 48.34 points.

Despite early hopes, the Team GB member slipped down the rankings as the competition progressed and finished the day in 25th place, one above the top-24 qualification places.

She will look back on this competition with a degree of disappointment at not securing the chance to perform her free routine, but McCorkell insisted she was pleased with her display on Wednesday, feeling satisfied that the demons of her Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010, where she fell during her short programme and finished 29th, had continued to be exorcised.

McCorkell was "over the moon" with her first taste of Olympic action since those Games, her short programme display in the new team event early in the Sochi schedule which earned her a season's best score of 50.09.

She said: "I skated the best I could and I performed all the elements, so I'm not disappointed.

"I think the points were a little bit affected just by the second mark, but I had a feeling they would be because I had a pretty bad draw, starting in the first group.

"The triple toe wasn't as perfect as it possibly could have been, but it was there, it was done - I didn't fall. I did my best, so I was pleased with it."

I have proved it twice now, so that Vancouver cloud can go away and leave me alone.

Jenna McCorkell

She added: "It is always one of those things that is going to hang over you and it has been playing on my mind a little bit.

"Having the team event (in which GB failed to make it to the free skate as well), it was really great for me to be able to get out there on the Olympic ice under that pressure and really put down what I had to do.

"Then again today, a little cloud was coming back a little bit this morning, and it took a bit of work to push it away again."

McCorkell said just prior to the start of the Sochi Winter Games that she would make a decision on her future after next month's World Championships, and she looks set to call time on a career in which she has accumulated 11 British titles.

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