Canadian ice dancers in medal hunt at ISU Junior Grand Prix season opener

COURCHEVEL, France – Emmy Bronsard and Aissa Bouaraguia of Montreal scored a personal best for their rhythm dance routine Friday to stand in fifth spot at the season opening event on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Loicia Demougeot and Theo le Mercier of France lead the ice dancing competition with 63.78 points, Elizaveta Shanaeva and Devid Naryzhnyy of Russia are second at 63.76 and their compatriots Ekaterina Katashinskaia and Aleksandr Vaskovich are third at 60.89.

Skating to a Cabaret soundtrack medley Bronsard and Bouaraguia scored a personal best 58.38 to stand fifth. The eclipsed the 56.04 they earned last season in a fourth place finish at the Czech stop on the circuit.

Olivia McIsaac of Burlington, Ont., and Corey Circelli of Toronto are 10th at 50.36.

In women’s competition, Kamila Valieva of Russia won the gold medal with Seoyeong Wi of South Korea second and Maiia Khromykh of Russia third.

Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., was 18th.

On Thursday in the men’s short program, Canadian junior champion Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, B.C., stands third with a personal best 69.54. Yuma Kagiyama of Japan has jumped into a big lead with 80.61 followed by Matthew Nielsen of the U.S. at 70.19.

Iliya Kovler of Richmond Hill, Ont., is 10th at 61.24.

Competition ends Saturday with the men’s free skate and the free dance.

Full results: ISU Junior Grand Prix de Courchevel 2019

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