Ju­lian to ‘fig­ure’ promi­nently

New Straits Times - - Sport -

JU­LIAN Yee is ready to skate his way into the hearts of Malaysians.

He wants to make his­tory by win­ning the first ever fig­ure skat­ing Sea Games gold when the sport makes its de­but in the 29th edi­tion of the bi­en­nial event.

Ju­lian is re­garded as the best South­east Asian fig­ure skater af­ter fin­ish­ing 22nd among 36 par­tic­i­pants at the World Cham­pi­onships in Helsinki ear­lier this month. He also bagged gold at the Malaysian Na­tional for the fourth time two weeks ago.

“I’m putting a lot of ef­fort and work into my prepa­ra­tions. I want to be able to put on a good per­for­mance, es­pe­cially be­cause it will be in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

“It’s another great way to show our fel­low Malaysians that fig­ure skat­ing, or ice skat­ing in gen­eral, does ex­ist in Malaysia.”

Ranked World No 42, Ju­lian has made the Sea Games gold medal one of his top two tar­gets this year, with the other be­ing to qual­ify for the 2018 Win­ter Olympics.

“I have re­viewed my com­pe­ti­tion per­for­mances with my coach (Michael Hopfes), and we have pin­pointed sev­eral ar­eas to work on.

“We are hop­ing to get it done in time for both the Sea Games as well as the next Olympic qual­i­fy­ing event.”

Ju­lian made head­lines when he be­came the first Malaysian to qual­ify for the World Cham­pi­onships and man­aged to do so twice (2016 and 2017) as well as pick­ing up the bronze medal at the Asian Fig­ure Skat­ing Tro­phy last year.

Cur­rently un­der the “Kita Juara” pro­gramme, Ju­lian will go to Ger­many to com­pete in the Ne­bel­horn Tro­phy for the fi­nal qual­i­fiers for the 2018 Win­ter Olympics.

Ju­lian Yee

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