Only three skaters can represent the United States in the women’s individual event, so American Brooklee Han decided to make the most of her Australian ties.
Han was born in Massachusetts and lives in Connecticut, but is making her Olympic debut, skating for her father’s native Australia.
“It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. You only get to make your Olympic debut once,” she said after her short program on Wednesday, according to the Australian Olympic Team’s website.
Han, who went into the free skate in 22nd place today, is out of reach of a medal but said she was thrilled by the chance to compete on the world stage.
“It was something that I had dreamed of my whole life,” she said of her debut. “Unfortunately it didn’t go exactly how it does in my dreams, but it was a good performance so I am happy with that.”
Next up for Han is school. She said she will attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.