Ninth place finishes for Canadians at ISU Junior Grand Prix

ZAGREB, Croatia – Kim Decelles of Baie-Comeau Que., finished ninth in women’s singles while ice dancers Audrey Croteau-Villeneuve of Montreal and Jeff Hough of Russell, Ont., produced the same result at the seventh stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

In women’s competition, Japan was 1-2 with Marin Honda and Wakaba Higuchi taking gold and silver. Diana Pervushkina of Russia was third.
Decelles was fifth after the short program on Friday but was unable to duplicate that strong performance in Saturday’s long.

In ice dancing, Rachael Parsons and Michael Parsons of the U.S. were the winners with Anastasia Skoptova and Kirill Aleshin of Russia second and their compatriots Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko third.

Croteau-Villeneuve and Hough, sixth at their previous assignment last month, were ninth after the short dance.

Nadeau excited about silver

Nicolas Nadeau was still excited about his silver medal performance on Friday where he smashed his previous personal best by almost 50 points.  He scored 223.46 and was less than half a point from gold. On Saturday, Nadeau said he just wanted a solid Grand Prix result on his resume.

“My success was because I finally put together and strong short program and strong free program,” said Nadeau, 18, the reigning Canadian junior champion. “Usually one or the other I tend to struggle with. I came into this competition with no hope of making the Grand Prix Final so I just wanted a strong international performance and impress the judges.”

The Grand Prix Final for the junior and seniors is December 10-13 in Barcelona.

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