Canadian pair stands fourth after short program

LINZ, Austria – Justine Brasseur of Brossard, Que., and Mathieu Ostiguy of Ste-Angele-de-Monnoir, Que., are in medal contention after Friday’s pairs short program at the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridonov of Russia are first at 56.11, Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar of the Czech Republic second at 55.76 and Renata Oganesian and Mark Bardei of Ukraine third at 53.17. Brasseur and Ostiguy, sixth at the second stop in Latvia last month, follow in fourth at 48.57.

The women’s competition concluded Friday with Maria Sotskova of Russia winning gold. Mai Mihara of Japan was second at Da Bin Choi of South Korea was third.

Megan Yim, a 13-year-old from Vancouver, completed her international debut in 12th place.

‘’It was a great learning experience,’’ said Yim, seventh a t the junior nationals last season. ‘’I didn’t have my finest skate today because I think the nerves got the best of me. My big goal is really to see improvement in all aspects of my skating by the end of the season.’’

In ice dancing after the short dance, Haley Sales of Burnaby, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Langley, B.C., are sixth and Ashlynne Stairs of Calgary and Lee Royer of St. Albert, Alta., seventh.

Edrian Paul Celestino of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., is 17th after the men’s short program. Competition ends Saturday.

Full results: 2015 Cup of Austria

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