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Great Britain awarded first figure skating quota places for Beijing 2022 Olympic Games

Great Britain has been awarded a ladies singles and ice dance quota place for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.

Performances from Natasha McKay and ice dance pair Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson at the World Figure Skating Championships in Sweden guaranteed the first GB figure skating places for the Games in February 2022.

McKay, four-time British Champion, made it through to the ladies free skate after an impeccable short programme. She eventually finished 23rd, enough to be awarded a quota place by the International Skating Union (ISU).

Natasha McKay skates at the World Figure Skating Championships
Natasha McKay scored 153.46 to finish 23rd at the World Figure Skating Championships. Photo credit: International Skating Union (ISU)

Fear and Gibson finished 7th in the ice dance, winning one guaranteed national place and the chance for another ice dance pair to attain a berth spot at the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy, an official Olympic qualifier event.

That challenger event, due to take place in Oberstdorf, Germany between 22nd-25th September will also provide an opportunity for a male and pair to secure a quota spot.

Athletes win places at the Games for a nation, rather than an invitation for themselves. Selection is then made from all available skaters who have met the selection criteria, with the official squad set to be formally announced by British Olympic Association at the end of this year.


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