Canadian novice champs sixth in international debut

GDANSK, Poland – Canadian novice champions Kelly Ann Laurin of Saint-Jerôme, Que., and Loucas Ethier of St-Eustache, Que., placed sixth in pairs to conclude their international debut Friday at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov of Russia won the gold medal ahead of Kate Finster and Balazs Nagy of the U.S. in second and Annika Hocke and Robert Kunkel of Germany in third.

Laurin and Ethier were seventh after Thursday’s short program and ranked sixth for the free skate.

“For us it was really about the experience,” said Ethier. “It was a thrill to see the competitors from other countries and we felt that we did our performances very well.”

Camille Perrault of Orford, Que., and William St-Louis of Shawinigan were ninth.

“It was a new world for us to compete at this level,” said St-Louis. “I thought we skated well despite a very different setting.”

Alysa Liu of the U.S. took the women’s gold with Viktoria Vasilieva of Russia second and her compatriot Anastasia Tarakanova third. Amelia Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., was 14th.

“I’m really happy with the way I skated,” said Orzell, also in her Junior Grand Prix debut. “It was an amazing experience and I had so much support and I’m grateful to be here.”

In ice dancing, Miku Makita and Tyler Gunara of Vancouver are in fourth spot less than two points from a podium position with 62.25. Avonley Nguyen and Vadym Kolesnik of the U.S. are first at 69.20, Loicia Demougeot and Theo le Mercier of France second at 65.82 and Ekaterina Katashinskaia and Aleksandr Vaskovich of Russia are third at 64.23.

Jessica Li of Brossard, Que., and Jacob Richmond of Toronto are seventh at 56.48.

After Thursday’s men’s short program, Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., is sixth and Corey Circelli of Toronto ninth.

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

Full results: ISU JGP Baltic Cup 2019

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