Canadians in medal hunt at ISU Junior Grand Prix

RIGA, Latvia – Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto are third after the rhythm dance while Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., also stands third in men’s competition as the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit continued on Friday.

In ice dancing, Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Andrey Filatov of Russia are first with 65.13 points, Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya of Georgia second at 63.25 and D’Alessandro and Waddell follow at 61.68, a personal best.

Isabel McQuilkin and Jacob Portz of Calgary stand 10th.

In Thursday’s men’s short program, Andrei Mozalev of Russia leads at 78.42, Sihyeong Lee of South Korea follows at 77.30 and Phan totalled 74.09.

Thirteen-year-old Canadian novice champion Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary was 12th in the women’s short program and 11th in Friday’s free skate for 11th overall.

“It’s been a great experience,” said Ruiter, in her international debut. “I just loved to skate out there and enjoyed every moment even though I didn’t have my best skate.”

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

Full results: ISU JGP Riga Cup 2019

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