OTTAWA, ON: Over the course of seven ISU Junior Grand Prix events in seven different counties Canada was able to capture nine medals (five gold, three silver, one bronze), to ultimately qualify four entries for the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain from December 11-14, 2014.
Overall 333 skaters/teams (105 men, 142 women, 22 pair teams, 64 ice dance teams) from 57 International Skating Union (ISU) member federations participated in the seven-event series. Only the top six in each category advance to the Final.
Canada will be well represented by Roman Sadovsky, 15, Vaughan, Ont., in men’s, Julianne Séguin, 17, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 21, Trois-Pistoles, Que., in pair and two entries in dance, Mackenzie Bent, 17, Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen, 20, Oshawa, Ont., and Madeline Edwards, 18, Port Moody, B.C., and ZhaoKai Pang, 19, Burnaby, B.C.
Roman Sadovsky, 15, Vaughan, Ont., kicked off his season with a gold medal win in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the third stop on the junior circuit. Sadovsky would go on to place fourth in Dresden, Germany, the sixth stop on the circuit. He is coached by Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski at the YSRA Winter Club.
In pair Julianne Séguin, 17, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 21, Trois-Pistoles, Que., captured gold at both of their assignments (Ostrava and Dresden) and go into the Final as the top ranked pair team. Representing CPA Longueuil and CPA Chambly they are coached by Josée Picard and Marc-André Craig.
Ice dancers Mackenzie Bent, 17, Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen, 20, Oshawa, Ont., will enter the Final as the second ranked ice dance team. Bent and MacKeen won gold at stop number three in Ostrava, Czech Republic and silver at event number five in Tallinn, Estonia. They train at Scarboro Ice Dance Elite with coaches Juris Razgulajevs and Carol Lane.
Madeline Edwards, 18, Port Moody, B.C., and ZhaoKai Pang, 19, Burnaby, B.C., are the second entry in ice dance for Canada. Their season began at the first ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Courchevel, France with a silver medal performance. Edwards and Pang would go on to improve on that result, winning gold in Aichi, Japan the fourth stop on the circuit. The representatives of Burnaby FSC are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the Champs International Skating Centre.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JUNIOR GRAND PRIX FINAL
|Mens||Roman Sadovsky||15||Vaughan, Ont.||YRSA Winter Club||Tracey Wainman / Gregor Filipowski|
|Pair||Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau||17/21||Longueuil, Que. / Trois-Pistoles, Que.||CPA Longueuil / CPA Chambly||Josée Picard / Marc-André Craig|
|Ice dance||Mackenzie Bent / Garrett MacKeen||17/20||Uxbridge, Ont. / Oshawa, Ont.||Uxbridge SC / Bowmanville FSC||Juris Razgulajevs / Carol Lane|
|Ice dance||Madeline Edwards / ZhaoKai Pang||18/19||Port Moody, B.C. / Burnaby, B.C.||Inlet SC / Inlet SC||Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe|