OTTAWA, ON: Fourteen Canadian skaters returned this week from the International Skating Union’s Adult Figure Skating Competition with a total of nine medals among them. The annual event took place in Oberstdorf, Germany, from May 22-27, 2017.
British Columbia skater Linda Maundrell, 74, won the first medal of the Canadian skaters, a gold medal, in the first event of the competition. She earned gold in the highest age bracket (ages 68-78) with her artistic free skating performance to You Make Me Feel So Young. Nearly all Canadian skaters placed in the top 10 of their categories which frequently comprised of upwards of 30 skaters.
The following Canadian skaters took home medals in their respective categories:
Gary Beacom – Masters Elite Men III Free Skating & Masters Elite Men III Artistic Free Skating
Linda Maundrell – Bronze Ladies V Artistic Free Skating
Cheri Taylor – Masters Ladies I Free Skating
Angela Justason – Masters Ladies III Artistic Free Skating
Takashi Ikeno – Gold Men II Free Skating
Cheri Taylor – Masters Ladies I Artistic Free Skating
Amylie Noël – Gold Ladies I Artistic Free Skating
Cherie Taylor – Masters Ladies I Free Skating
In all, there were 560 skaters from 35 ISU member countries, counting over 700 entries, competing in competed in Free Skating, Artistic Free Skating, Pairs Free Skating, Pairs Artistic Free Skating, Ice Dance (Pattern Dance, Short Dance and Free Dance) and Synchronized Skating. The competition notably welcomed skaters from Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for the first time in its history.
The entire competition was live streamed, and archived performances can be accessed at www.dailymotion.com/skatingvideos. Competition results can be found at www.isu.org.
Last year, the ISU added a second competition for adults and, once again, Vancouver will be home to the next ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition being held at the Minoru Arena from August 21-26, 2017. The deadline for entry is June 7, 2017. The official announcement is available at www.isu.org.
The 2018 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf will take place May 13-19. Details of this competition will be listed on the ISU website in Fall 2017.
ISU Adult Working Group