OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have three entries, for a total of four skaters competing at the 2018 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada will be represented by one senior entry and two junior entries. The event takes place from December 6-9, 2018 at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre and includes both the ISU Senior Grand Prix Final and the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final.
Keegan Messing, 26, Sherwood Park, Alta./Brantford, Ont., will represent Canada in the senior men category. Messing is coming off a silver medal finish at Skate Canada International and a fifth place finish at Rostelecom Cup earlier this season. He trains at Sherwood Park FSC and is coached by Ralph Burghardt.
Stephen Gogolev, 13, Toronto, Ont., will represent Canada in the junior men category and will be competing at this event for the first time. Gogolev placed fifth at JGP Canada and won gold at JGPSlovakia. He trains at the Toronto Cricket & Skating Club and is coached by Lee Barkell.
Marjorie Lajoie, 18, Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha, 19, St.-Hubert, Que., will be representing Canada in the junior ice dance. The two won gold at JGP Canada and finished second at JGP Austria this season to qualify for the final. This will be their second JGP Final, having finished sixth last season. They train in Montreal, Que., with coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer and Pascal Denis.
Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director and Andre Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director will be the team leaders at the event. Dr. Daphne Anderson of Calgary, Alta., and physiotherapist Agnes Makowski of Toronto, Ont. will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Karen Howard of Regina, Sask., Jean Senft of West Vancouver, B.C., Andrea Derby of Windsor, Ont., and Karen Butcher of Greely, Ont., will be the Canadian officials at the event.
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Canadian Entries at the 2018 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
|Sherwood Park, Alta. / Brantford, Ont.
|Sherwood Park FSC
|Toronto Cricket & Skating Club
|Junior Ice Dance
|Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha
|Boucherville, Que. / St-Hubert, Que.
|Winter Club of St. Catharines / Point Edward SC
|Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer, Pascal Denis