Elizabeth Manley survived a fall during her short program Friday nigh
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Elizabeth Manley survived a fall during her short program Friday night to maintain the overall women’s lead at the Skate Canada figure skating competition at the Olympic Saddledome.
Manley, the Canadian champion, finished second to American Debi Thomas in the short program to retain the overall lead. Britain’s Joanne Conway was third.
Thomas drew top marks of from 5.1-5.7 of a possible 6.0 for technical merit and marks from 5.4-5.7 for impression. Manley had second-best marks of 4.8-5.2 for merit and 5.4-5.8 for impression.
The short program, is worth 20 percent of the total mark.
Manley was first in the compulsory figures, worth 30 percent, with Thomas second.
Saturday’s free-skating finale is worth 50 per cent.
″My whole program was backwards and I didn’t even realize it,″ said Manley, who fell on landing a triple Salchow jump while turning the wrong way. ″They closed the entrance onto the rink and put a TV camera there.
″There were four TV cameras in four corners and it’s exactly the same all the way around the rink. I didn’t even realize I was skating in the wrong direction. I think it was because I was so into what I was doing.
″But after my first spin I came out the wrong way and everything was backwards.″
Manley had never before skated in the Saddledome, the site of the Winter Olympics figure skating next February.
Thomas said the rink did not bother her in the least.
″I was able to get used to it in practice,″ she said. ″This is no different than any other competition I’ve been in.″