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Figure skater Parr's Olympics over before Games begin

ESPN staff
February 6, 2014
Matthew Parr scored a lifetime best 57.40 © Getty Images

Figure skater Matthew Parr's Olympics were effectively ended before the flame had even been lit at Sochi after failing to qualify for the final despite a lifetime best.

Despite the disappointment, Parr - the four-time British champion - still insists his time of two minutes and 50 seconds at Sochi's Iceberg Skating Palace is the proudest moment of his life.

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"When John Candy spoke to me, he said, 'Whoah, I'm playing a completely different role!'" © Getty Images

With the qualifying round forced to get underway a day before the Opening Ceremony due to a packed schedule, Parr made ninth place out of the 10 male skaters with his score of 57.40.

A disappointing performance from British pair David King and Stacey Kemp, who fell during their routine, saw Britain facing almost certain elimination as they slipped down to 10th place with only five nations going through to Sunday's final.

Jenna McCorkell and dance pair Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes face an almost impossible task to lift Team GB up five places or move in Saturday's second part of qualifying.

Russia lead the way, with Canada second and China third.

"My goal was to get a personal best and I've achieved that," Parr told the Daily Telegraph. "The build-up has been intense because this is what I've been aiming to do since I was a kid.

"It was nice to put in a performance that I'll be proud of. In years to come I can look back and say I did as well as I could.

"I'd like to skate again but either way I'm proud of my performance and I'm going to enjoy supporting the rest of the team, not just the figure skaters. I'll only have fond memories of my time here."

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