Alaine Chartrand climbs to fifth at ISU World Junior Figure skating Championships

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., climbed from seventh to fifth spot in women’s competition Sunday at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Elena Radionova led a Russian medal sweep with Serafima Sakhanovich second and Evgenia Medvedeva third.

Chartrand, seventh after Friday’s short program, took charge in the free skate to finish with 164.35 points. She placed eighth at this event last season. The 17-year-old was fifth at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and most recently, seventh at the 2014 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

“This was a great result for Alaine in a very strong field,” said Mike Slipchuk, High Performance Director, Skate Canada. “‎Overall it was a tremendous week for our skaters with many stand out performances.”

Larkyn Austman of Coquitlam, B.C., was 16th in her world juniors debut.  The 15-year-old finished eighth at her first international assignment on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit in Estonia earlier this season. The 2013 Canadian junior champion also earned a 10th place finish at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, competing in the senior category.

Canada ends the world juniors with two medals.  Nam Nguyen of Toronto won the gold medal Saturday in men’s competition and Madeline Edwards of Port Moody, B.C., and ZhaoKai Pang of Burnaby, B.C., took bronze in ice dancing on Friday.

Full results:

Louis Daignault

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