REDDING, Conn. -- As she continues her quest to skate at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, Redding's Brooklee Han earned gold Sunday at the Volvo Open Cup in Latvia.
Han, who skates for Australia, placed first in both the short and long programs at the international competition in Riga. Her scores were 53.95 points and 97.81 points, for a total of 151.76 points.
She easily topped the skater in second place, longtime British champion Jenna McCorkell, who scored 140.29 points. In third was Juulia Turkkila of Finland at 138.24 points.
Han, 18, is a 2013 graduate of Joel Barlow High School. It is her first championship gold medal at an International Skating Union event.
The men's winner at the Volvo Open Cup was Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, an Olympic gold and two-time silver medalist and three-time world champion.
In September, Han finished fifth and scored a personal best total of 147.16 points at the Nebelhorn Trophy competition in Germany to earn a spot for Australia at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
She is considered the front-runner for the spot to represent Australia in the Olympics. Australia will hold its national championship in December.
In her short program, Han skates to a medley of "Prayer for Taylor" by Michael Smith mixed with "Titanic Symphony" by Richard Clayderman. Her long program is set to the music from the soundtrack of "Secret" by Jay Chou.
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