Cheltzie Lee

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Cheltzie Lee
2011 Four Continents Cheltzie LEE.jpg
Lee at the 2011 Four Continents
Personal information
Country representedAustralia
Born (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 25)
Campbelltown, New South Wales
Height1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
Former coachKylie Fennell, Gloria Pracey, Melina Simjanovic, Andre Fillipov, Sergei Shakhrai, Samantha Lind, Kathy Casey
Former choreographerRobin Cousins, Cameron Medhurst, Catarina Lindgren
Skating clubSydney FSC
Former training locationsSydney, Australia
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating1999
ISU personal best scores
Combined total138.16
2010 Winter Olympics
Short program52.16
2010 Winter Olympics
Free skate86.42
2010 World Figure Skating Championships

Cheltzie Lee (born 21 April 1993) is an Australian former competitive figure skater. She is the 2010 national champion and represented Australia at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She also competed at seven ISU Championships, achieving her best result, tenth, at the 2011 Four Continents.

Personal life[edit]

Cheltzie Lee was born 21 April 1993 in St Andrews, New South Wales.[1] Her African American mother, Renita,[2] is from Louisiana,[3] and her Chinese father was born in Bangladesh.[4] She practiced gymnastics from age six to twelve.[5] She was left with a permanent spinal defect after a car accident in 2007.[6]

Lee attended Mt Carmel Catholic High School.[7] She then decided to pursue a Bachelor of Inclusive/Primary Education and Disability Studies.[6] In 2017, she married Australian freestyle skier and 2014 Winter Olympian Sam Hall.[citation needed]


Lee began learning to skate as a five-year-old, at Canterbury Ice Rink.[2][5] She debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in 2007 and placed 23rd at the 2008 World Championships.[8]

Lee began the 2009–2010 season at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, competing to earn a spot for Australia in the ladies' event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She finished as the first alternate. After Israel decided not to send Tamar Katz, Lee was named to the Australian Olympic team.[9] At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, she placed 18th in the short program with a score of 52.16 points (a personal best) to qualify for the free skate. She finished 20th overall at the Olympics and 17th at the 2010 World Championships. Kylie Fennell, Gloria Pracey, and Andrei Filippov coached her at the Sydney Figure Skating Club.[10]

During the 2010–2011 season, Lee placed tenth at the 2011 Four Continents Championships and 21st at the 2011 World Championships.

Lee decided to take a year off to concentrate on her university studies and to "live a little".[citation needed] She returned to competition in June 2012, winning the Hollins Trophy at her home rink of Canterbury and the 2012 WinterSun in Boondall, Queensland.

Lee hoped to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics but injuries hindered her training in later years; she tore her posterior cruciate ligament and was also diagnosed with osteitis pubis.[6]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Chez Lez Ye Ye
    by Boogalox
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age
    by Craig Armstrong and A. R. Rahman
    • Opening
    • Horseriding
    • Immensities
    • Closing
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
  • Summertime Blues
    Jazz Blues and Boogie
    by Mike Strickland
    choreo. by Cameron Medhurst

Competitive highlights[edit]

JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11
Olympics 20th
Worlds 33rd 17th 21st
Four Continents 13th 14th 10th
Nebelhorn Trophy 15th
International: Junior[8]
Junior Worlds 23rd
JGP Austria 5th
JGP Germany 7th
JGP U.K. 14th
AYOF 6th
Australian Champ. 4th N 2nd J 1st J WD 1st WD
Levels: N = Novice, J = Junior; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b "Cheltzie LEE: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Haynes, Rhys (10 February 2010). "Australian figure skater Cheltzie Lee banned from wearing good-luck charm during Winter Olympics".
  3. ^ Massoud, Josh (4 February 2010). "Cheltzie's on her way to Games". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  4. ^ Silkstone, Dan (12 February 2010). "Lee is making all the right moves". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 24 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (22 December 2008). "Australia's Lee Wins Inaugural ISU Scholarship". SkateToday. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Wheeler, Alice (22 May 2013). "Tough skater won't give up on Sochi". Archived from the original on 24 September 2018.
  7. ^ Priest, Evin (4 October 2013). "Figure skater Cheltzie Lee will miss the 2014 Winter Olympics but has high hopes for future". Macarthur Chronicle Campbelltown.
  8. ^ a b c d "Competition Results: Cheltzie LEE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Lee's Vancouver spot confirmed". Australian Olympic Committee. 3 February 2010. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Athlete: Cheltzie Lee". Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  11. ^ "Cheltzie LEE: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Cheltzie LEE: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cheltzie Lee at Wikimedia Commons