Good judges suggest Australia’s Deanna Lockett will be a short-track speed skater to watch.
A short track speed skater from Brisbane could only have one inspiration.
Deanna Lockett was just six years old when Steven Bradbury performed his own miracle on ice to win the 1000m event at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
A repeat of that is unlikely at Sochi’s Iceberg Skating Palace for the 18-year-old but even Bradbury himself says she’s a special talent who could well figure in medal calculations four years down the track.
“I hope to be in the top 10, but I’m mainly here for the experience, the next Olympics will be my main one,” she said.
Such was her potential Lockett’s family made the decision to relocate to Melbourne in 2011 to give her better training opportunities at the new Icehouse.
And it has paid off with her qualifying for Olympic representation in the 1000 and 1500m events.
Lockett starts her campaign with the 1500m on Saturday and comes with a strong background in the sport despite her youth.
She has been national champion in her age division since 2006 and won bronze at the 2013 world junior championships.
Given her youth, cherubic features and whisper quiet voice Lockett thought she might get a hard time with her teammates at the Games but has been pleasantly surprised.
“I think they were hoping to give me a little bit of trouble and tease me in the big team events, but it’s pretty special to be the youngest member and competing at the Olympics at 18,” she said.
Another youngster continues her big adventure on Saturday, alpine skier Greta Small to contest the super G event.
Small is also 18 but has shown great potential, finishing 15th in the combined and 29th in the downhill thusfar.
Meanwhile, John Farrow takes his second and third runs in the skeleton.