Kerrs relaxed on dance choice

Thu, 26 Nov 21:49:00 2009

Olympic hopefuls Sinead and John Kerr insist they do not mind which compulsory dance they are given at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver because they love them both.

Sinead Kerr and John Kerr of Britain perform during a gala exhibition at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy in Nagano, RUETERS - 0

The Scottish siblings are Britain's best hope of ending the 16-year figure skating medal drought since Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's bronze in Lillehammer.

Having finished 10th on their debut in Turin in 2006, the duo will kick-off their second Olympic campaign on February 19 with either a Tango Romantico or Golden Waltz for their compulsory dance.

And after setting a compulsory dance personal best of 36.13 for their Golden Waltz at the Trophee Eric Bompard Grand Prix last month, the Kerrs smashed it at the National Championships in Sheffield on Friday, scoring 37.59 for their Tango Romantico.

"It could still be either one at the Olympics but right now it really doesn't matter to us - we'd be happy with either of them," said Sinead. "We're quite lucky in that we've done both of them plenty of times this season with some success.

"We've probably done the Golden Waltz a few times more so it was really good to get another Tango Romantico under the belt.

"To score a personal best with it was a bit of a surprise as well but great. We're looking to improve with every event and at the moment that's happening."

While the Kerrs are confident with their compulsory dance - their score in Sheffield would have placed them fourth at the 2006 Olympics in Turin - the first event is rarely worth more than a fifth of their total score.

But the pair insist they are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for the perfect score in their original dance, performed to Johnny Cash's version of 'I've Been Everywhere', and their free skate, performed to Krwling by Linkin Park.

And while the days of the perfect six - think Torvill and Dean's Bolero at the 1988 Sarajevo Olympics - are long gone, the duo are doing all they can to ensure maximum technical marks in Vancouver.

"There are four levels of difficulty for each element and the higher the level, the better technical score you're going to receive," added John.

"We're aiming four level four on all our moves - sometimes we might not get it because we might make a mistake or not hold something for quite long enough and that will bring the element down a level or two.

"But your score is based on a combination of the level and a grade of execution so if you execute something really well even though it isn't a great level, it pushes your score up to the same as if you poorly execute a really difficult element.

"It's hard to say exactly where we're at with the other two dances because judges scoring can be quite subjective but we've been scoring really well compared to some of our rivals in the past so that's a good way of gauging how we're doing."

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