OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send seven entries, for a total of 12 skaters to the 2019 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, the third stop on the International Skating Union’s (ISU) 2019 Challenger Series. Canada will have two entries in women, three entries in pairs and two entries in ice dance. The event will take place from September 17-22, 2019, in Salt Lake City, USA.
Canadian junior champion, Hannah Dawson, 18, Vankleek Hill, Ont., will be the first Canadian entry in women. Last season, she finished 10th at JGP Canada. Dawson is coached by Annie Barabé and Marlène Picard in Varennes, Que.
Alicia Pineault, 20, Varennes, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in women. Last season, Pineault placed 10th at Skate Canada International. She is coached by Stephane Yvars in Boucherville, Que.
Lori-Ann Matte, 20, Lévis, Que., and Thierry Ferland, 22, Lévis, Que., will be the first Canadian entry in pairs. The two finished fifth last season at Autumn Classic International and fourth at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Richard Gauthier in Montreal, Que.
Canadian national bronze medallists, Camille Ruest, 25, Rimouski, Que., and Andrew Wolfe, 24, Calgary, Alta., will be the second Canadian entry in pairs. Last season, they finished eighth at ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and fifth at Internationaux de France. The two are coached by Richard Gauthier in Saint Leonard, Que.
Nadine Wang, 20, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Francis Boudreau-Audet, 25, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., will be the third Canadian entry in pairs. The newly announced team is coached by Richard Gauthier.
Carolane Soucisse, 24, Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus, 25, North Vancouver, B.C., will be the first Canadian entry in ice dance. Last season, the two finished fifth at NHK Trophy and eighth at Skate Canada International. At the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, they finished fifth. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Que.
Molly Lanaghan, 20, Ajax, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs, 22, Ajax Ont., will be the second Canadian entry in ice dance. The two finished sixth last season at Autumn Classic International and sixth at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Jon Lane in Toronto, Ont.
Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director and Carolyn Allwright of Waterloo, Ont., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Robert Manka will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Laura Carr of Kelowna, B.C., and Patty Klein of Montreal, Que., will be the Canadian officials attending the event.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2019 U.S. INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING CLASSIC
|Women||Hannah Dawson||18||Vankleek, Hill, Ont.||Champions Training Centre Varennes||Annie Barabé / Marlène Picard|
|Women||Alicia Pineault||20||Varennes, Que.||SC Varennes||Stephane Yvars|
|Pair||Lori-Ann Matt / Thierry Ferland||20/22||Lévis, Que. / Lévis, Que.||CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean / CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean||Richard Gauthier|
|Pair||Camille Ruest / Andrew Wolfe||25/24||Rimouski, Que. / Calgary, Alta.||CPA De Rimouski / Glencoe Club||Richard Gauthier|
|Pair||Nadine Wang / Francis Boudreau-Audet||20/25||Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.||Mariposa WC / CPA St Jean||Richard Gauthier|
|Ice Dance||Carolane Soucisse / Shane Firus||24/25||Chateauguay, Que. / North Vancouver, B.C.||CPA Repentigny / CPA Repentigny||Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon|
|Ice Dance||Molly Lanaghan / Dmitre Razgulajevs||20/22||Ajax, Ont. / Ajax, Ont.||Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC||Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs / Jon Lane|