Canadians come back to win bronze in pairs at ISU Junior Grand Prix

RIGA, Latvia – Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Strathroy, Ont., posted the best score in the free skate to win the bronze medal in pairs Friday at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of figure skating circuit.

It was a 1-2 Russian finish with Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov first with 157.51 points and Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii second at 153.93.

Walsh and Michaud, the Canadian junior champions, followed with a personal best 153.73 climbing from fifth place after the short program on Thursday. They earned 103.58 points in their free skate.

“It’s our best-ever international result and we look forward to building on it,” said Michaud. “To win the long program is pretty cool.”

Chloe Choinard of Brossard, Que., and Mathieu Ostiguy of Granby, Que., moved from ninth to seventh.

In women’s competition, Russia’s Daria Panenkova took the gold medal with Rika Kihira of Japan second and Emmy Ma of the U.S. third.

Alison Schumacher of Toronto was ninth.

Canada is also in medal contention in ice dance. Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio of Laval, Que., are fourth after the short dance and just over two points from a podium spot.

Valerie Taillefer of Montreal, Que., and Jason Chan of St. Laurent, Que., are ninth.

In men’s competition, Corey Circelli of Vaughan, Ont., sits in seventh after the short program.

The men’s free skate and the free dance are on Saturday.

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