Larkyn Austman

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Larkyn Austman
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Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (1998-02-22) February 22, 1998 (age 20)
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Home townCoquitlam, British Columbia
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
CoachZdeněk Pazdírek, Liz Putnam
Former coachHeather Austman, Eileen Murphy, Kevin Bursey
ChoreographerMark Pillay
Skating clubCoquitlam SC
Training locationsCoquitlam, B.C.
Began skating2000
ISU personal best scores
Combined total136.82
2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy
Short program51.42
2018 Winter Olympics
Free skate94.31
2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy

Larkyn Austman (born February 22, 1998) is a Canadian figure skater. She is the 2017 International Challenge Cup bronze medalist and the 2018 Canadian national bronze medalist. She represented Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships, the 2018 World Championships and 2018 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Larkyn Austman was born February 22, 1998, in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.[1] Her parents, Heather and Leonard, both competed in figure skating, and her older brother, Connor, played ice hockey.[2] Her mother, formerly Heather Anderson, won the Canadian national novice ladies' title in 1974.[3]

Austman attended Hillcrest Middle School and Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam,[3][2] graduating in June 2016.[4] She became a vegan in June 2015.[2][5]


Early years[edit]

Austman began learning to skate in 2000.[1] She was a flower retriever at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[6] She won silver competing on the novice level at the 2012 Canadian Championships and gold as a junior at the 2013 Canadian Championships.

2013–2014 season[edit]

In 2013, due to boot problems, Austman developed tendinitis in both of her Achilles tendons, causing her to miss part of the 2013–2014 season.[4] In October, she debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series, finishing eighth in Tallinn, Estonia. In January, making her senior debut, she placed tenth at the 2014 Canadian Championships.

In March, Austman competed at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ranked 18th in the short program, she qualified to the free skate and finished 16th overall. She was coached by Heather Austman and Eileen Murphy in Richmond and Coquitlam, British Columbia.[7]

2014–2015 and 2015–2016 seasons[edit]

In 2014, Austman spent three months training in Colorado Springs, Colorado under Christy Krall.[8] In August, she placed tenth at her 2014 Junior Grand Prix assignment in France. She quit skating in December but started to reconsider in March 2015.[4]

Austman rejoined Coquitlam Skating Club and resumed training, skating at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.[8] She finished sixth at the 2016 Canadian Championships.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Coached by Zdeněk Pazdírek in Coquitlam,[9] Austman made her senior international debut in late September at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International, a Challenger Series competition where she placed 12th. Ranked fifth in the short and fourth in the free, she finished fourth at the 2017 Canadian Championships, thus making the national team. In February 2017, she won her first international medal, bronze at the International Challenge Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

2017–2018 season[edit]

In addition to training in British Columbia, Austman trained in Edmonton during the summer and in Colorado Springs, Colorado for five weeks during the winter.[2][10][11] She crowdfunded to cover her expenses and received financial aid of $30,000 from Horatio Kemeney.[10][12]

In January, Austman won the bronze medal at the 2018 Canadian Championships. The following day, she was named in Canada's 2018 Olympic and 2018 World teams.[13][14] In February, she competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.[15] Ranked 25th in the short program, she missed qualifying for the final segment by one spot. She had the same result at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy.

2018–2019 season[edit]

Austman sprained her left foot in September 2018, causing her to withdraw from the 2018 Skate Canada International.[16]


Season Short program Free skating


Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 25th
Worlds 25th
GP Skate Canada 12th WD
CS Autumn Classic 12th WD
CS Ondrej Nepela 12th
Challenge Cup 3rd
International: Junior[20]
Junior Worlds 16th
JGP Estonia 8th
JGP France 10th
Canadian Champ. 2nd N 1st J 10th 6th 4th 3rd
SC Challenge 3rd 1st
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew


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  2. ^ a b c d Bartel, Mario (January 4, 2018). "Olympic dream no lark for Coquitlam skater". Tri-City News. Archived from the original on April 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Pruner, Larry (February 17, 2012). "Larkyn Austman an ice chip off mom's block". Tri-City News. Archived from the original on November 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Larkyn Austman". Archived from the original on November 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Larkyn Austman, vegan figure skater". Great Vegan Athletes. Archived from the original on November 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Barnes, Dan (February 21, 2018). "Larkyn Austman's second Olympic experience includes competing, not cleaning". The National Post.
  7. ^ a b "Larkyn AUSTMAN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Ewen, Steve (December 7, 2015). "Larkyn Austman figures out important lesson". The Province. Archived from the original on March 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "Canadian skaters headed to Montreal for Skate Canada Autumn Classic International". Skate Canada. September 27, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Bartel, Mario (February 21, 2018). "The hidden cost of athletic glory". Tri-City News. Archived from the original on April 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Ewen, Steve (January 6, 2018). "Austman hopes she's destined for spot on Olympic figure skating team". Archived from the original on April 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Azpiri, Jon; McArthur, Aaron (January 20, 2018). "B.C. figure skater heading to Winter Olympics thanks to total stranger". Global News. Archived from the original on June 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "Figure Skaters Nominated to Team Canada for Pyeongchang 2018". Canadian Olympic Team Website. January 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Skate Canada Names Teams for 2018 ISU Championships". Skate Canada. January 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Athlete Profile - Larkyn AUSTMAN". Archived from the original on April 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "Canadian Olympian Gabrielle Daleman taking break from figure skating". The Canadian Press. October 12, 2018. Archived from the original on November 12, 2018.
  17. ^ "Larkyn AUSTMAN: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018.
  18. ^ "Larkyn AUSTMAN: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 21, 2015.
  19. ^ Hoyt, Melanie (January 17, 2013). "Austman wins junior ladies Canadian title". Golden Skate.
  20. ^ a b "Competition Results: Larkyn AUSTMAN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 12, 2018.
  21. ^ "Larkyn Austman". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on November 12, 2018.

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