(June 5, 2008)

It was quite a weekend for Canadian adult skaters at the 2008 ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition May 29 – June 1 in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Canadian skaters came away from the event with a total of 25 medals, including nine gold, 11 silver, and five bronze. The Canadian team racked up a total of 42 top-10 results. A record 28 Canadian adult skaters competed at this year’s competition representing 45 of the 254 entries in the event.

Multiple medal winners included Stéphane Vachon, who captured a gold and a silver medal in singles plus a gold in pairs with Jan Calnan, who also won silver in singles. Single’s skater Gloria Purvey and ice dancers Angela Justason and Jeffrey Bullard captured two gold medals, Barbara Tkach won a gold and a silver medal in singles and Pamela Giangualano captured a gold and a bronze medal. Ice dancers Diana Barkley and Geoff Squires were awarded a gold and a bronze medal.

The event which has gained popularity since it was introduced in 2005 featured a number of competitive events in women’s and men’s free skating and artistic free skating, pairs free skating, ice dance compulsory dance, original dance and free dance, and synchronized skating. Competitors must be between the ages of 28 to 71 years to participate. Canadian skaters brought back a total of 14 medals in 2007.

Click here for access to full 2008 results.

Skate Canada congratulates all of its adult skaters who competed in Oberstdorf.

Pamela Giangualano (gold) and Tracey Mah-Gillies after the Master & Gold Ladies II Artistic Free Skating Tracey Mah-Gillies on the way to the arena prior to a morning practice
Diana Barkley and Geoff Squires in their compulsory dances
Jan Calnan and Stéphane Vachon in their compulsory dance Pamela and Cliff Jansen perform their Original Dance
Angela Justason and Jeff Bullard awarded their gold medal by ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta in the Silver Compulsory Dance Angela Justason and Jeff Bullard won silver in the Silver Free Dance
Barbara Tkach won gold in the Bronze Ladies IV Free Skating
Catherine Barr and Bruce Malanka compete in Adult Pair skating 1962 World Champion Don Jackson was Team Canada’s Captain
Gloria Purvey accepts one of her gold medals Jan Calnan (silver) and Pamela Giangualano (bronze) in the Elite Ladies Free Skating
Jan Calnan and Stéphane Vachon won gold in the Master Pair Skating
Jan Calnan won silver in the Elite Ladies Free Skating
Pam Giangualano won gold in the Master & Gold Ladies II Artistic Free Skating Sonja Gougeon (gold) and Jennifer Soeder (silver) in the Masters Ladies I Free Skating
Stéphane Vachon won silver in the Elite Men Free Skating
Stéphane Vachon won gold in the Master & Gold Men II Artistic Free Skating
Ice dancers Nancy Jean and Roger Butt (silver) and Diana Barkley and Geoff Squires (bronze) in the Gold Free Dance along with Kristina Rozynskya and Bruce Malanka (4th) and Pamela and Cliff Jansen (7th)
Group shot at the final banquet of Eastern Ontario and Gatineau skaters with 1962 World Champion Don Jackson and some of Canada’s German hosts

Photos: James Wilkins, Pamela Giangualano and Angela Justason

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