Daleman withdraws from NHK Trophy

OTTAWA, ON: Gabrielle Daleman, 20, Newmarket, Ont., has withdrawn from her second grand prix assignment, NHK Trophy. Daleman announced earlier this month that she had taken a break from training to focus on her mental health.

Daleman was a member of the gold medal team at the 2018 Olympics and is the reigning Canadian champion. She trains in Toronto, Ont., with coaches Lee Barkell and Brian Orser.


Messing wins silver, Moore-Towers/Marinaro and Gilles/Poirier add bronze at Skate Canada International

LAVAL, Que. – Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., won the silver medal in men’s competition while Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., as well as Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto added bronze in pairs and ice dancing on Saturday at Skate Canada International.

Shoma Uno of Japan fell twice but landed four quadruple jumps and won the men’s gold medal with 277.25 points. Messing, first after the short, landed his first quad toe but fell on his second one finished with 265.17. Junhwan Cha of South Korea was third at 254.77.

Messing, who also landed two triple Axels, earned his first career medal on the Grand Prix circuit. His previous best was fifth.

‘’To win my first Grand Prix medal at Skate Canada is an honour,’’ said Messing, who skated a Charlie Chaplin themed routine. ‘’That program has so much opportunity for character to come out and is so much fun to do in front of a big crowd like this.’’

Nam Nguyen of Toronto skated cleanly and gained two spots to place fifth at 240.94. He landed two quads and two triple Axels including one in combination.

‘’The difference this week is the energy the crowd has been giving off, including the practices,’’ he said. ‘’It was a blast. This sets me up in terms of confidence on a good path. I hope to continue improving. The work I put in this summer is paying off.’’

Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., was 12th.

In pairs, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France won the gold medal with 221.81. Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China followed at 201.08 edging Moore-Towers and Marinaro third at 200.93 points.

‘’It’s frustrating to lose the silver medal by a fraction of a point,’’ said Marinaro ‘’I got over-excited at the end on the death spiral and that cost us a half a point and the silver. That’s a disappointment and a learning experience. We are going to move on.’’

Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., were fifth at 172.53 and Camille Ruest of Montreal and Andrew Wolfe of Calgary were eighth at 162.16.

‘’We’re happy with that skate and coming back strong from last week,’’ said Walsh. ‘’We kept focused on our key elements and we got a big boost from the crowd which was really loud and supportive.’’

In ice dancing, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier roared from sixth to third place with a mesmerizing skate to Don McLean’s hit song Vincent.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of U.S. claimed a Grand Prix gold for a second straight week with 200.76. Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia were second at 195.17 and the Canadians followed at 186.97. There was only a 0.49 point different in the top-three free dance scores.

‘’We definitely redeemed ourselves today,’’ said Gilles. ‘’We came in a lot more composed and we wanted to gout there and do our job. To get that crazy score was very special for us.’’

Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver were eighth and Haley Sales of Burnaby, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Vancouver were ninth.

In women’s competition, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia held on narrowly to top spot for gold at 203.32 despite the third best free skate. Fifteen-year-old Mako Yamashita of Japan was second at 203.06 and two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia won the free skate to soar from seventh to the bronze with 197.91.

Both Canadians had clean free skates. Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., was eighth and Alicia Pineault of Varennes, Que., 10th.

‘’I showed a lot of improvement over last week’s Grand Prix,’’ said Chartrand. ‘’There were good things from everything and I need to stay on the same path.’’

Meanwhile at the Golden Bear event in Zagreb, Croatia, Canada has two entries in junior women’s competition. After Saturday’s short program, Catherine Carle of Georgetown, Ont., is seventh and Amelia Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., ninth out of 39 entries.

Full results: 2018 Skate Canada International

Keegan Messing stands first with personal best short program at Skate Canada International

LAVAL, Que. – Keegan Messing gave a celebratory fist pump, smiled and waved to a standing crowd after he produced a personal best score to stand first in the men’s short program Friday at Skate Canada International.

The Sherwood Park, Alta., skater earned 95.05 points in an electrifying short program in which he landed a quad-triple combo, triple Axel and triple Lutz. Olympic silver medallist Shoma Uno of Japan is second at 88.87 and Junhwan Cha of South Korea third at 88.86.

“I’m very happy with the score it’s a great spot to be for the very first Grand Prix,” said Messing, eighth at the world championships and 12th at the Olympic Games last season. “It’s one step at a time right now and the focus is on skating and I’ll see where it takes me.”

Nam Nguyen of Toronto also delivered a clean skate. He is seventh at 82.22 while Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., is 12th.

“It was so nice to put out that performance today for the home crowd,” said Nguyen, sixth last week at Skate America. “It was easy for me to stay in competition mode and do my job. The score is a little disappointing but this season is going to be interesting.”

Sadovsky is pushing the envelope in the early season.

“With two quads I have a difficult short this season and I thought I handled it pretty well,” he said. “I’m hoping I can keep that momentum for the long program.”

The pairs standing is close after the short program. Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., produced a clean skate and are in third place with 71.26. Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France lead with 74.51 and Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China are second at 72.00

“We felt really great,” said Moore-Towers. “We’ve been struggling with our short program this season so our main goal here was not to take ourselves out of the game early.”

Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., are sixth at 59.59 and Camille Ruest of Rimouski, Que., and Andrew Wolfe of Calgary are seventh at 57.53.

“The energy was amazing out there being on home ice,” said Walsh. “It really pushes you to go out there and skate well. I think we got a wake up call at Skate America last week and it’s what we needed to skate well here.”

Ruest and Wolfe were also pleased with their start.

“There were some technical mistakes but we came here to perform,” said Ruest. “It was a success for us.”

In the short dance, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto are the top Canadians in sixth place with 66.95 points. Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver are ninth and Haley Sales of Burnaby, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Vancouver are 10th.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. are first.

Gilles had a major slip when the couple came close to the boards about a minute into their routine.

“We both just got too close to the boards,” said Gilles. “We’re proud with how we got up and continued. Obviously, we weren’t expecting to be in this position. We need to just go back and focus on our abilities.”

Soucisse and Firus also had a fluky error when their feet entangled and Soucisse fell.

“It was a bit unfortunate with the footwork and we got caught in our laces,” said Firus. “For two-thirds of the program it felt really good.”

It was a Grand Prix debut for Sales and Wamsteeker.

“It was super exciting,” said Sales. “We had a lot of nerves building up to tonight. We were able to calm down and have a good time.”

In the women’s short program, Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., is eighth. She skated a clean program landing her triple Axel, a triple-triple combo and a triple loop for 60.47. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia is first at 74.22.

“I feel like I’m going in the right direction,” said Chartrand. “It was a huge difference with last week at Skate America. From the very first practice here, I’ve felt really solid.”

Alicia Pineault of Varennes, Que., competing at her first Grand Prix, is ninth at 59.02.

“I wanted to have as much fun as I could,” said Pineault. “I was surprised with how comfortable I felt on the ice with that big crowd.”

Competition ends Saturday.

Full results: ISU GP 2018 Skate Canada International

Gilles and Poirier team up with European street musicians for “program for the people”

by Jennifer Baker

This competition season, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, two veteran Olympic competitive figure skaters, will be bringing something special to the ice with a free skate program in September. Calling it “a program for the people,” the free skate is a creation envisioned straight from their hearts.

To achieve that end, Gilles and Poirier have paired up with two European street musicians, Dom Sky and Jack Rose of the band Govardo, to provide music for their event.

The skating duo discovered Govardo after their coach clicked on a Facebook link of their acoustic cover of “Vincent,” a folk song about Vincent van Gogh originally written by Don McLean in the 1970’s.

“It was instantaneous”, said Piper.

Poirier recalled listening to the cover for the first time, saying, “We were on board right away. It was just a matter of getting in touch with Dom and Jack and seeing if they could adjust the piece to see if they could make it work with the rules of skating.”

So, they found the band’s contact information online, sent an email, had a few Skype sessions and created a dialogue of back-and-forth artistry. “Once we got the first version from them, we knew it was something really special and something we could work with.” said Poirier.

Expanding upon the rendition played in their Facebook video, Govardo went into the studio and began recording. This time, Sky and Rose blended their musicianship with the mechanics of figure skating, reconstructed their original interpretation of “Vincent” to fit the time limit required for competition and composing an instrumental section to provide different levels of intensity that would allow for a deeper exploration of the characters Gilles and Poirier were portraying on ice.

“It’s really special to have figure skaters take on and expand your storytelling,” said Sky. “It made our year.”

Govardo worked with seven versions of the song before coming up with what Gilles and Poirier plan on skating to in September.  “It was a collaborative process,” said Sky. “At one point, Piper and Paul’s coach sang a percussive idea into the phone, and then that turned into the drum beat we used on the track.”

“Vincent [van Gogh] was a revolutionary and pushed boundaries,” said Rose. “It was a nice nod to him and an inspiration for us to go deeper into our own art and push through our own boundaries in this collaboration. He was so misunderstood when he was alive, but now he is considered genius.”

The power of your art is that it outlives you. And when you feel like you’re alone, screaming out into an endless void of darkness, you will always find someone else hiding out in that same dark right along with you, listening.  That darkness is the canvas of a starry night.

Next month, this free-skate piece will tell that story.

While Gilles and Poirier will be dedicating their skating and artistry to their fans and the people, Govardo will continue touring Europe by following the sun—literally.  Check out both of their social media outlets for more information about each duo and upcoming events:



NASA says humans are made of stardust—so that means you are, too. Now, go light up the sky.

Jennifer Baker is a writer, actor, and musician living in Los Angeles, California. She is always on the hunt for new and interesting stories to cover. Follow her journey by visiting jennifer-baker.com

Junior skaters headed to Croatia for international competition

OTTAWA, ON: Two Canadian junior skaters will be competing at the 30th Golden Bear, an International Skating Union (ISU) annual international and inter-club figure skating event held in Zagreb, Croatia, from October 24-28.

The two Canadian skaters representing Canada at this event include Amelia Orzel and Catherine Carle. Orzel finished third in the novice women’s category at the 2018 Egna Spring Trophy in April.

Carle won a gold medal in the novice women’s category at the 2017 Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Junior Canadian Entries at Golden Bear-Zagreb, Croatia

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Women Amelia Orzel 14 Woodbridge, Ont. York Region Skating Academy WC Eva Najarro
Women Catherine Carle 14 Georgetown, Ont. Skate Oakville Michelle Leigh

Andre Bourgeois, Next Gen Director, will be the team leader for the event and Siobhan Karam of Toronto, Ont. will be the physiotherapist on site. Lorna Schroder of Georgetown, Ont. will be the lone Canadian official at the event.

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.

Kelowna to host 2019 Skate Canada International

KELOWNA, B.C.: Skate Canada announced today that Kelowna, British Columbia will host the 2019 Skate Canada International. The event will take place at Prospera Place, a 6,886-seat multi-purpose arena that is home to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL), from October 25-27, 2019.

“We are thrilled to be heading back to Prospera Place and Kelowna for Skate Canada International,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Skate Canada International will welcome some of the best skaters from around the world and we are more than confident that the city of Kelowna will be a gracious host and help us create an unforgettable event.”

“We are so proud to host some of the greatest skaters from around the world and we look forward to seeing them perform on a national stage here in Kelowna,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “Kelowna’s young figure skaters will be inspired by the elite international talent on display, and our whole community will be energized by the experience of hosting this major sporting event for the second time in five years.”

The region has nearly 200,000 residents and Kelowna is the third largest population centre in B.C. Kelowna is known for its four seasons of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, skiing, golf and lake activities and is an incredible culinary travel destination.

“Tourism Kelowna was very proud to support the bid to bring Skate Canada International back to the Central Okanagan,” said Lisanne Ballantyne, Tourism Kelowna’s President and CEO. “Televised internationally, Skate Canada is a signature event that will generate more than $3 million in new, economic impact for Kelowna. Our world-class hospitality, hotels, and attractions look forward to welcoming the athletes and the fans to our beautiful region.”

The inaugural Skate Canada International was first held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Kelowna will host the 46th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their second time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 2014.

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figuring Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), Finland (ISU Grand Prix of Helsinki), Japan (NHK Trophy), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and France (Internationaux de France).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

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Eighteen Canadian Skaters headed to Laval for Skate Canada International

OTTAWA, ON: Top Canadian and international figure skaters are headed to Laval, Quebec for the 2018 Skate Canada International, taking place from October 26-28, 2018. The event will take place at Place Bell and will feature 12 Canadian entries (three entries per discipline in men, women, pairs and ice dance) for a total of 18 skaters.

This event will mark the second of six competitions on the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, in which skaters compete to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, taking place December 6-9, 2018 in Vancouver, B.C.

In the men’s field, Keegan Messing, 26, Sherwood Park, Alta./Brantford, Ont., is the first of three Canadian men competing. This will be his third time competing at this event, having placed eighth in 2017 and 11th in 2015. Earlier this season he won gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy and last season, Messing placed eighth at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. He is coached by Ralph Burghart in Anchorage, AK, USA.

Roman Sadovsky, 19, Vaughan, Ont., is the second Canadian men’s entry. This will be his first Skate Canada International. The 2018 Autumn Classic International bronze medalist is coached by Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski at the York Region Skating Academy.

Ajax, Ontario’s Nam Nguyen, 20, rounds out Canadian men’s entries. This event will be Nguyen’s second Skate Canada International appearance, having finished fifth at the 2015 event. This season, Nguyen won gold at the 2018 U.S. International Classic. He is coached by Robert Burk and trains at the Richmond Hill Training Centre.

Alaine Chartrand, 22, will be representing Canada in the women’s category. She placed 11th at this event last year and finished eighth at the 2018 Nebelhorn Trophy in September. The Prescott, Ont., native is coached by Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski and trains at the York Region Skating Academy.

Véronik Mallet, 24, Sept-Iles, Que., will be the second Canadian women’s entry. Mallet is coming off a sixth place finish at the Finlandia Trophy earlier this month. She is coached by Annie Barabé and trains out of CPA Sept-Iles.

Alicia Pineault, 19, Varennes, Que., rounds out the Canadian women’s entries. Pineault finished sixth at the Autumn Classic International earlier this season. She is coached by Stephane Yvars and trains out of SC Varennes.

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 26, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 26, Sarnia, Ont., are one of three Canadian entries in pairs. This season they won bronze at the Autumn Classic International and silver at the Finlandia Trophy. This will be their third time competing at this event, winning bronze in 2015 and placing sixth in 2014. The pair are coached by Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte and Sylvie Fullum, and they train out of St. Léonard, Que.

Camille Ruest, 24, Rimouski, Que., and Andrew Wolfe, 24, Calgary, Alta., will make their Skate Canada International debut in Laval. They are coming off a fifth place finish at the U.S. International Classic in September. Ruest and Wolfe are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in St. Léonard, Que.

Evelyn Walsh, 17, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 22, Trenton, Ont., will represent Canada in pairs at their first Skate Canada International. The pair finished seventh at the Nebelhorn Trophy at the end of September. Walsh and Michaud are coached by Alison Purkiss in Brantford, Ont.

Piper Gilles, 26, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 26, Unionville, Ont., will represent Canada in ice dance. The team took home a gold medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy earlier this season. This will be their fourth time competing at Skate Canada International, having won medals in 2014 and 2016. They are coached by Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Jon Lane in Scarborough, Ont.

Carolane Soucisse, 23, Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus, 24, North Vancouver, B.C., will make their second appearance at this event, they placed seventh in 2017. They are coming off a third place finish at the Autumn Classic International and a fourth place finish at the Finlandia Trophy earlier this season.  They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Que.

Haley Sales, 21, Kelowna, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker, 21, Langley, B.C., will make their senior Grand Prix debut in Laval. The dancers placed fourth at the U.S. International Classic earlier this season. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, B.C.

The official practices on Thursday, Oct 25 will be streamed live on the Skate Canada Dailymotion page.

Six-time Canadian champion and 2010 Olympic Winter Games bronze medalist Joannie Rochette, 32, Ile Dupas, Que. will act as the official Athlete Ambassador during Skate Canada International. Rochette, having competed at Skate Canada International six times during her career, will be conveying her own personal experiences to media and fans over the course of the week.

Elladj Baldé, 27, Montreal, Que., will act as Skate Canada’s digital host for Skate Canada International. Baldé has competed internationally for Canada 27 times as a junior and senior competitor. He will be taking fans behind the scenes at the event, giving fans an exclusive look at what takes place at grand prix events.

During the exhibition gala fans will also get the chance to see special performances by Baldé, who will also choreograph the gala group number finale. Les Suprêmes one of Canada’s top synchronized skating teams will also perform a special number during the gala on Sunday, Oct 28.

Tickets can be purchased online at placebell.ca, by phone at 1-855-634-4472 or in person at the Place Bell Box Office.

Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., and Carolyn Allwright of Waterloo, Ont., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Tatiana Jevremovic of London, Ont., and physiotherapist Agnes Makowski of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Glenn Fortin of Aurora, Ont., Debbie Islam of Barrie, Ont., Veronique Gosselin of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Andre-Marc Allain of Ottawa, Ont., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

For results and full entries please visit the event page.


Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Keegan Messing 26 Sherwood Park, Alta. / Brantford, Ont. Sherwood Park FSC Ralph Burghart
Men Roman Sadovsky 19 Vaughan, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Tracey Wainman, Gregor Filipowski
Men Nam Nguyen 20 Ajax, Ont. Richmond Hill Training Centre Robert Burk
Women Alaine Chartrand 22 Prescott, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Tracey Wainman, Gregor Filipowski
Women Véronik Mallet 24 Sept-Iles, Que. CPA Sept-Iles Annie Barabé
Women Alicia Pineault 19 Varennes, Que. CPA Varennes Stephane Yvars
Pairs Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 26/26 St. Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. Winter Club of St. Catharines / Point Edward SC Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte, Sylvie Fullum
Pairs Camille Ruest / Andrew Wolfe 24/24 Rimouski, Que. / Calgary, Alta. CPA Rimouski / Glencoe Club Calgary Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte
Pairs Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud 17/22 London, Ont. / Trenton, Ont. London SC / Trenton FSC Alison Purkiss
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 26/26 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs, Jon Lane
Ice Dance Haley Sales / Nikolas Wamsteeker 21/21 Kelowna, B.C./Langley, B.C. Kelowna SC / Champs International Skating Centre Megan Wing, Aaron Lowe
Ice Dance Carolane Soucisse / Shane Firus 23/24 Chateauguay, Que. / North Vancouver, B.C. SC Repentigny / SC Repentigny Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon

Chartrand shows improvement in free skate at Skate America

EVERETT, Washington – Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont, produced the seventh best free skate on Sunday to place ninth in the women’s event to conclude Skate America, the first stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Satoko Miyahara led Japan to a 1-2 finish with Kaori Sakamoto in second. Sofia Samodurova of Russia was third.

Chartrand was 11th after the short program on Saturday.

“I felt a lot better on the ice,” said Chartand. “I attacked the elements and I felt I improved on my performance from earlier this season.”

The next stop on the circuit is Skate Canada International this Friday and Saturday in Laval, Que.

Full results: ISU GP 2018 Skate America

Nguyen improves to sixth at Skate America

EVERETT, Washington – Nam Nguyen of Toronto gained three spots in the overall standings to place sixth in men’s competition on Saturday at Skate America, the first stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

World champion Nathan Chen of the U.S. took the gold, Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic was second and Sergei Voronov of Russia third.

Nguyen produced the sixth best free skate after placing ninth in Friday’s short program. He equals his best career result on the circuit. He opened with a quad Salchow double toe and hung on to his second quad. He also landed a triple Axel but singled his second one.

“It went a lot better today,” said Nguyen. “I was very nervous but I tried to keep my emotions intact. The first two elements were fine and I just tried to keep my composure after that. I just want to carry this momentum into Skate Canada next week.”

Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., also improved from his short program climbing from 12th to 11th with the 10th best free skate.

In pairs, Russia was 1-2 with Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov winning gold and Alisa Efimova and Alexander Korovin the silver. Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc of the U.S. were third.

Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., remained eighth as they concluded their Grand Prix debut. They were sixth at the world juniors last season.

“We are disappointed with our skates this week,” said Walsh. “We made odd errors and we need to shore that up for Skate Canada.”

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1819/gpusa2018/

Tough start for Canada at Skate America

EVERETT, Washington – Canadian skaters are well behind after Friday’s short programs in men’s and pairs at Skate America, the first stop on the ISU figure skating circuit.

Nathan Chen of the U.S. leads the men’s event with 90.58 points followed by Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic in second at 82.09 and Julian Zhi jie Yee of Malaysia third at 81.52.

Nam Nguyen of Toronto stands in ninth spot and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., is 12th.

“I felt a little nervous going into the short program,” said Nguyen, who opened the season with a first place finish at the 2018 U.S. Classic International last month. “I tried my best to control it but that translated in me being slow on the ice. Hopefully I can be a little bit snappier in the free.”

In pairs, Russians are 1-2 after the short program. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov lead with 71.24 and Alisa Efimova and Alexander Korovin are second at 62.38. Minerva Fabienne Hase and Nolan Seegert of Germany are third at 60.04.

Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., are eighth as they made their Grand Prix debut. They were sixth at the world juniors last season.

“We didn’t have the best skate we wanted to,” said Michaud. “It’s a huge learning experience for us being here and overall it’s been great so far.”

Competition continues Saturday with the men’s and pairs free skates and the short program in ice dancing and women’s singles.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1819/gpusa2018/

Media Accreditation: ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2018

Vancouver, Canada
Media Accreditation

October 18, 2018

The media accreditations for the ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final taking place in Vancouver, Canada, on December 6-9, 2018 are now open.

Media must apply for accreditation through the ISU Online Media Accreditation System (OMAS) which is available here. The deadline to apply for accreditation is November 19, 2018.

The media information package for the event is also available and will help you prepare for your trip to Vancouver. Accreditation will be granted to professional journalists and photographers only.

  • Writing Press (newspaper, magazine, internet, agencies and ISU Member Federations): maximum two professionals per organization
  • Photographer: maximum one professional per organization (agencies and major newspapers: maximum two professionals)
  • Television non-right holder: maximum three professionals per organization
  • Radio non-right holder: maximum one professional per organization
  • Freelancer: A freelance journalist or photographer is a full time professional editor or photographer, who is not employed by an agency or newspaper – a self-employed professional. A freelance editor or photographer must provide written evidence that he/she operates on behalf of a clearly identified media. A freelance editor or photographer operating under his/her own account will not be accepted.

The total number of accredited media representatives will be subject to space available. The Organizing Committee (OC) and ISU reserve the right to refuse accreditation should the number of applications exceed given space or if any requested information / documentation has not been provided in due time.

For further information on the ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2018, including entries, standings and results, please visit the event page.

Canadians dominate at International Adult Figure Skating Competition

BURNABY, B.C. — Canada’s top adult skaters won the medal count at the International Adult Figure Skating Competition that took place in Burnaby, B.C., from October 11-13, 2018 at Burnaby Eight Rinks. The event was hosted by the Skate Canada BC/Yukon Section and is one of two international adult skating events sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU).

Following the conclusion of the three-day event, Canadian skaters led the medal count with 26 gold, 20 silver and 15 bronze for a total of 51 medals. Canada was represented by 77 skaters.

British Columbia skaters contributed largely to the gold medal count winning 13 medals, including double golds by Surrey’s Linda Maundrell (Bronze Women’s V Artistic and Free Skate), and Port Moody’s Francois Guernon, who teamed with Jacquelin Christoff to win the Silver Dance. Guernon then went on to capture the Silver Men’s III-IV Free Skate.

Other B.C. gold medalists included Langley’s Susan Edwards and James Wilkins (Bronze Free Dance), Vancouver’s Erin Leach (Master Women 11 Artistic), Surrey’s Andrea Allegretto (Silver Women 1 Artistic), Chilliwack’s Corinne Stewart (Silver Women 1V Artistic), West Kelowna’s Donna Bergvnson (Bronze Women 1V free skate), Armstrong’s Christine Turpin (Bronze Women 1 Free Skate), Lake Country’s Karen Smith (Gold Women 11-111 Artistic), Burnaby’s Erin Chapple (Silver Women 1 Free Skate), and Victoria’s Gary Beacom (Masters Elite Men III Artistic).

Beacom, considered by many to be the world’s finest male adult competitive skater, and who has never been beaten in adult competition, didn’t have one of his finest performances, falling while attempting a backward movement. His score (40.09) was well off his personal best for the event.

“I just lost my balance,” he said. “But I’ll be back. I’m currently putting together a new short-free program which includes a triple-triple and hope to have it ready for next year’s Adult World’s in Germany.”

The competition drew more than 165 skaters from 15 countries. The event was well watched around the world as live streaming was watched by 13,000 viewers from 23 countries.