Edwards and Pang reach podium at ISU Junior Grand Prix

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Ice dancers Madeline Edwards of Port Moody, B.C., and Zhao KaiPang of Burnaby, B.C., collected their second medal this season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit earning the bronze on Friday.

Edwards and Pang posted the second best free dance of the day for third overall with 133.39 points finishing less than two points behind the winners.  Betina Popova and Yuri Vlasenko of Russia took the gold at 135.16 and Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons of the U.S., were second at 134.73.

Last month at the Mexico City stop, Edwards and Pang won the silver medal.  The national junior champions now have four Junior Grand Prix medals over the last two seasons.

National novice champions Danielle Wu and Spencer Soo of Burnaby were fifth in their international debut earning the fourth best score in the free dance.

In pairs, Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin led Russia to a medal sweep in another close competition.  Julianne Séguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., were fourth only three points from second spot.

Séguin is also competing in women’s singles and is ninth after the short program while Kelsey Wong of Burnaby is 17th.

In men’s competition, Mitchell Gordon of Vancouver stands 13th after the short program.

Louis Daignault

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