(November 5, 2005)
Make it two wins in a row on the ISU Grand Prix circuit this season for Canada's Emanuel Sandhu.
Sandhu, who won gold last week at MasterCard Skate Canada International, skated an exceptional performance to an original composition by Gordon Cobb for his free skate at the 2005 Cup of China.
The three-time Canadian Champion and current silver medalist in the senior men's discipline had been standing fourth following the short program in Beijing. Sandhu, who was first to skate in the last group for the free skate, opened his program with a solid quadruple toe loop-double toe loop combination. He followed that up with a triple Axel, a triple Lutz and a triple Axel-triple toe loop combination. Sandhu also added a triple Salchow, a triple flip and a triple loop-triple toe loop combination.
Not only were Sandhu's jumps impressive, but his spins were interesting and innovative and he completed a challenging straight-line footwork sequence.
Sandhu's was awarded 73.96 points for technical elements and 73.60 for program components, bringing his total segment score to 147.56. Add it up with the 65.10 points her earned in the short program, Sandhu had a combined total of 212.66 for the competition.
"I'm very pleased with the way this entire week has gone for me," said Sandhu. "Tonight, actually, throughout the whole day, I felt very relaxed, very prepared, and I took all the steps that I needed to take to ensure that I felt comfortable, as confident and as ready as I could be for this competition."
Canada's Ben Ferreira also delivered a strong free skate that moved him from sixth after the short program to fourth overall with a combined total of 185.33 points. Ferreira, who is currently ranked fourth in the senior men's discipline in Canada, had a number of highlights in his program, including a triple Axel-double toe loop combination, a solid triple flip and a triple Lutz-double toe loop combination.
Taking home the silver medal was 2005 world champion Stephane Lambiel, of Switzerland, who also put in an impressive skate and was awarded a total of 203.60 points, while Russia's Andrei Griazev earned the bronze medal with 200.60.
The ice dance event also wrapped up on Saturday with the free dance. Vancouverites Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe won their second medal ever on the ISU Grand Prix circuit by capturing the bronze.
Skating to music from the ballet Coppelia, Wing and Lowe, currently ranked second in the senior ice dance event in Canada, highlighted their free dance with a curve lift with a change of position, a solid dance combination spin, difficult sets of twizzles and a curve rotational lift.
The judges gave Wing and Lowe's performance 41.90 points for technical elements and 39.27 for program components. Their total segment score was 81.17, placing them fourth in the free dance but giving them an overall total of 163.36 and the bronze medal.
"To be able to be on the podium at this event is definitely an honour," said Lowe, Skate Canada's national team captain. "We're just so proud to have won a Grand Prix medal for two years in a row."
Two-time world champions Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov, of Russia, were first with 197.07, and the Israeli team of Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovski took home the silver medal with 186.13.
Next up on the ISU Grand Prix circuit is the 2005 Trophee Eric Bompard Cachemire in Paris, France.