Jenna McCorkell could hardly contain her Olympic excitement after winning a record 11th consecutive British figure skating title in Sheffield on Sunday.
The 27-year-old recorded a season best score of 142.88 as she eased to victory but she acknowledges tougher tasks lie ahead at next January’s European Championships and then one month later in Sochi.
“I can’t wait for next year now. I’ve approached the season with a totally different outlook this time,” said McCorkell, who finished a disappointing 29th in her Olympic debut in Vancouver, after a fall during her short programme.
“I’m in a better place mentally and physically now. Before the last Games I was ill and I didn’t have the best preparation.
“I’d also been plagued with foot injuries but since then I’ve had all that resolved and things have been better. To win 11 British titles is quite unique.
“It’s amazing and obviously I’m excited about it.”
Elsewhere there was a third British title for ice dancers Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland, who also finished comfortably clear of their nearest British rivals scoring 147.10.
“I think we skated the best we’ve done so far this season,” said Coomes, who finished 20th with Buckland in Vancouver. We always use the British Championships as a stepping stone towards the European Championships and then the Olympics
McCorkell, Coomes and Buckland hope to receive their official Team GB call-up in January, as indeed do pairs skaters Stacey Kemp and David King, despite finishing second in Sheffield.