Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., lost a hair clip in the middle of her performance but still won the the bronze medal in women’s competition on Friday at the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand figure skating circuit.


GDANSK, Poland – Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., lost a hair clip in the middle of her performance but still won the the bronze medal in women’s competition on Friday at the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand figure skating circuit.

Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia took the gold with 179.96 points for her second victory this season.  Angela Wang of the U.S., was second at 152.36 and Daleman, fifth after Thursday’s short program, climbed to third scoring 148.29.

‘’I had to skate with the hair clip in my hand the rest of the routine,’’ said Daleman, 15.  ‘’My coach yelled at me to hang on to it and keep going.So it was in my hands for my footwork, the Axel and the last spin so I was a little distracted. Still it was a good skate.  I’m happy with it.’’

Last season, Daleman had a breakthrough year placing second at the senior national championships and took sixth spot at the world juniors.

‘’I’ve changed my programs for this season,’’ she said.  ‘’It’s a lot more difficult and I’m still working on it a lot.  I have a triple Lutz triple toe planned but we changed it today to a triple-double because I was so nervous about it.  I hope to have it ready for my next meet.’’

It was also an eventful day for Julianne Delaurier of Kelowna, B.C., who climbed from 12th to ninth overall in her international debut.  She developed a nose bleed after a spin early in her program.

“I lost my focus when the nose-bleed started but I was able to forget about even though it was a little gushy,’’ said Delaurier.  ‘’I never thought about stopping the program.  When I landed some jumps afterwards I kind of forgot about it.  It’s actually not the first time it’s happened.’’

In the short dance Friday, Brianna Delmaestro of Port Moody, B.C., and Timothy Lum of Burnaby, B.C., are fourth only 0.8 points out of third and and just over a point from second spot.  Melinda Meng and Andrew Meng of Montreal are seventh.

In Thursday’s men’s short program, Nam Nguyen of Burnaby, B.C., ranked 23rd.

The free dance and men’s free skate are on Saturday.  There is no pairs event at this stop.

Louis Daignault