"Each Olympic Winter Games has great moments and you never know where those will come from. Just expect the unexpected."
Behind those timely words lie more than 30 years' experience in figure skating as an international athlete, three-time Olympic coach and vastly experienced commentator, in the shape of Belinda Noonan.
Noonan, who has skated effortlessly between the demands of competition, coaching and commentary, will bring her expert analysis to a Winter Olympics for the fourth time at Vancouver, after covering figure skating at the Games of 1998, 2002 and 2006.
All the dazzling grace and charm of poetry on ice as the world's best figure skaters vie for glory at the Pacific Coliseum will be on show for Nine’s viewers. With her unmatched insight into the competitors, Noonan is the ideal foil for fellow commentator Warren Smith.
As the first Australian woman to win a senior international skating title, as well as the coach of several Olympians and dozens of national champions, Noonan is a figure who commands respect. Her comments on the sport she loves are always entertaining and enlightening.
"As a coach, the personal satisfaction of watching the skaters you've worked with for many years achieve their very best performance under an Olympic spotlight is so rewarding," she says. "Stephen and Danielle Carr skating perfect programs two Olympics in a row will stay in my memory as a highlight.
"I love commentary and look forward to every Winter Olympics. Some people might only see figure skating at the Olympics, so it is my job to communicate to them just what is so great about the sport and its stars."
Noonan's involvement with the sport extends to her role as figure skating coordinator for the Olympic Winter Institute. She is also publisher of the Burwood Scene, a community newspaper in Sydney’s inner west.