COURCHEVEL, France – Madeline Edwards of Port Moody, B.C., and Zhao Kai Pang of Burnaby, B.C., won the bronze medal on Saturday to conclude the opening stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.
Gabriella Papakadis and Guillaume Cizeron of France earned the gold medal with 131.13 points and Valeria Zenkova and Valerie Sinitsin of Russia took the silver at 124.94. Edwards and Kai Pang, second after the short program, finished at 113.73.
“We skated very well,” said Edwards, 16, a year younger than her partner. “We were really happy with the execution of both our programs. It gives us a lot of confidence that we can potentially compete at the Grand Prix final and world juniors.”
Victoria Hasegawa and Connor Hasegawa of Hudson, Que., dropped from fourth to seventh overall at 108.16.
In men’s competition, Boyang Jin of China won the gold medal with Jason Brown of the U.S., second and Ryuju Jino of Japan third.
Nam Nguyen of Burnaby, B.C., skated the eighth best long program to climb from 11th after the short to ninth overall. Nguyen, coached by Brian Orser, was 13th last year at the world junior championships.
“I managed to get through it,” said the 14-year-old Nguyen. “I’ve inserted a triple Axel into my long program this year and so far I’m really struggling with it. What I’m really happy about though is that this week in practice and competition I kept getting better everyday.”
The second stop on the circuit is next week in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/jgpfra2012/