| Date of Birth:
March 28, 1989
Place of Birth: Vancouver, BC
Residence: Vancouver, BC
Years on National Team:
As the second-last skater at January's 2006 Canadian Championships, Mira Leung knew she needed to skate a clean programme to stay in second-place (behind eventual winner Joannie Rochette) in the competition and earn her berth to Turin.
With all that pressure squarely on her shoulders, she responded with a wonderfully energetic error-free performance. The athletic Leung not only nailed her jumps, as expected, but gave the fans and judges at the Ottawa Civic Centre that night a preview of a quickly maturing young skater, who is looking more and more like the future face of women's skating in Canada. The trip to Italy can't help but aid in her development.
Coached by Joanne McLeod, who is also Emanuel Sandhu's coach, at BC's Centre of Excellence in Vancouver, Leung has been foreshadowing her sudden emergence for a couple of years now. In 2004, she won the bronze at the Nebelhorn and came seventh at the Cup of China. One year later, she would place third at the Canadian nationals, sixth at Skate America and eighth at the ISU Junior World Championships.
An Olympic medal may or may not be in Leung's future, but continuing her education is a must. A straight "A" student in high school, Leung is also an accomplished pianist with future plans to study musical theory at University.
2006 Figureskating Coverage