Leung plans to give her all

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

There's bad news for the rest of figure skating.

Mira Leung knows she can do better than she did Wednesday night in her qualifying skate.

And she's going for broke today in the short program.

"I was very happy with my scores (in qualifying) but I think I could have done better," she said. "I'm satisfied."

So satisfied, she breaks into a grin at the mention of her short, entitled Freedom.

"I love my short, mostly because it's short," she said, laughing.

"It has a lively feel, a real lively beat to it. It's really different. It's light-hearted."

The Vancouverite, who turns 17 Tuesday, was fourth in her qualifying group, registering a personal-best 99.06. She finished ninth overall, with fellow Canadian Joannie Rochette leading the pack at 117.12.

The qualifying scores are quartered and added to the scores for the short program and free skate, which is set for tomorrow at noon.

Leung, who landed her first triple Salchow and triple toe loop when she was only eight, made sure her name was heard at the Turin Olympics last month, when she skated to 12th. But her confidence on the ice masks what's going on inside. She feels the butterflies -- even in front of the supportive 'Dome crowd.

"I was a little shaky. I was a little nervous," said Leung.

"That's normal. It's what competitions do to me."

But the national silver medallist loves to see the crowd rise to its feet after her qualifying program, the Terracotta Warriors, which fans will see again in the free skate.

"I'm so grateful and happy about the support I've been getting here," she said. "I'm happy I got a standing ovation. If I get a standing ovation, I've done great."


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