by Brian Yalung
Alisson Krystle Perticheto, the lone representative of the Philippines to the 2019 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Anaheim, California, put on a dazzling display and come out with a new personal best score of 51.66.
Perticheto’s finish was good for 16th place out of 22 skaters from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. The annual competition was held from February 7 to 10, 2019.
It was the first time for Perticheto after three years to compete again and the first for her in the USA.
“To compete to such an event like this, you need to get a minimal number of points to be allowed to represent the country. I did that earlier this season. So I feel very happy that I got the chance to represent the Philippines here in California,” said Perticheto in an exclusive interview with Manila Bulletin Sports Online.
Looking over her flawless performance, Perticheto believes he could have gotten better scores if not for some errors on her end.
“I know I could have gotten higher points. But I made some mistakes in my free skate so I think it was fair,” she said.
Looking ahead, Alisson and her coach plan to work on those mistakes and other parts of her routine for future tournaments.
“After seeing more in detail the protocols of my programs, my coach (Roberto Moschella) and I will work more on improving the skating skills and transitions. I will also work on getting all my jumps and levels more consistent,” Perticheto said.
She added that she was amazed at the large throng of followers keeping track of her in the annual figure skating event. Perticheto says it did not add pressure on her end and actually motivated her to do better.
“I was very surprised that so many people were following and supporting me! It didn’t add any pressure on me. It felt very comforting and motivated me even more! I tried to stay focused on myself before the competition so I can deliver a good performance,” she said.
Among the upcoming tournaments ahead for Perticheto is the 2019 SEA Games. The majority believe she has what it takes to deliver a gold medal for the country although Alison prefers not to overthink it and simply enjoy the moment.
“I’m very excited for SEA Games 2019. I feel it’s going to be a very special event for me because it will be in the Philippines which is like skating at “home” for me! I will have the same mindset as every other competition. I think the most important to me is to not overthink, enjoy the moment and do my job,” ended Perticheto. #SEAGames2019
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