Canadian ice dancers win first ISU Junior Grand Prix medal

ZAGREB, Croatia – Emmy Bronsard and Aissa Bouaraguia of Montreal stepped on the podium for the second time on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit on Saturday placing third in ice dancing at this season’s sixth stop.

Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya of Georgia won the gold medal with 169.22 points, Sofya Tyutyunina and Alexander Shustitskiy of Russia were second at 154.39 and Bronsard and Bouaraguia took third at 149.97. They also ranked second for their free dance after placing third Friday in the rhythm dance.

‘’We felt we could have skated better both programs but it’s a big step to get that medal,’’ said Bronsard. ‘’What I liked was our ability to correct mistakes on the ice in a smooth fashion that wasn’t too noticeable.’’

Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., gained a spot in the standings placing fourth right behind their compatriots at 147.07.

In women’s competition, Haein Lee of South Korea placed ahead of two Russians for the win. Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., improved from eighth to seventh overall.

At the season opening event last month, Schumacher was 18th.

‘’I’m really pleased with the improvements I’ve made,’’ she said. ‘’The consistency in practices and warm-ups has really paid off.’’

The next stop on the circuit is this Thursday to Saturday in Egna, Italy.

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