Lift of faith
Rooty Hill’s Harley Dahlstrom-Winsor wowed judges at his international figureskating pairs debut in the Czech Republic.
ROOTY Hill’s Harley Dahlstrom-Winsor and Russian Katia Alexandrovskaya have swirled into Australian figure skating history.
Dahlstrom-Winsor, 19, and Alexandrovskaya, 16, came within a point of fourth place in their pairs international debut at the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Ostrava, Czech Republic, this month.
The duo had been training together for just seven months when they faced the world’s best.
They surpassed expectations when they placed sixth in their short program — skating to Adele’s Skyfall — and eighth overall.
“In a way I was happy with the results, but when you have a need to be perfect ... I’m not satisfied,” Dahlstrom-Winsor said.
“I know we can do better. We made a few small mistakes so (the result) was expected and only one point between us and fourth place.”
Dahlstrom-Winsor said he and Ekaterina had little competition experience in comparison to their rivals.
“Overall I think we did well for our first season together and, considering it was only our second comp, it wasn’t too bad,” he said.
“I’m a little disappointed with the small mistake in the short.
“Prior to the comp we we’re training well so I had confidence in our ability.”
Earlier this year, the pair won the Carr’s Cup — named after Australia’s three-time Olympic figure skater Stephen Carr.
Carr and sister Danielle McGrath were the last successful figure-skating pair Australia produced.
Dahlstrom-Winsor was just seven when he decided he “kinda liked skating” and by the age of 10 he had travelled to Canada to train for six weeks with a leading club in Toronto.
After 12 years on the ice, the indigenous skater said he still loved it.
“I love the excitement of it all and, in a strange way, I love the pain of all the hard training,” he said.
“I get such a good feeling after a hard training session, I kind of feel like I accomplished something and it’s all for a good end result.
“My hat goes off to all of my family and coaches — none of what I’ve done would be possible without everyone in my life. They’re the only reason I can continue to do what I love.”
The pair have their sights set on the Olympics, but for now they just want to focus on improving.
“Our next plan of events are a few more Junior Grands Prix and a few senior comps, to just focus of our training,” he said.
Harley Dahlstrom-Winsor and pairs partner Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya. Picture: Joosep Martinson (Getty Images)
Harley Dahlstrom-Winsor at Penrith Ice Palace in 2011.