D’Alessandro and Waddell earn silver at ISU Junior Grand Prix

EGNA, Italy – Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto won the silver medal in ice dancing on Friday at the seventh stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Andrey Filatov of Russia won the gold medal with 164.92 points. D’Alessandro and Waddell improved on their fourth place from earlier this season at the Junior Grand Prix stop in Latvia to take the silver at 152.76 and Angelina Lazareva and Maksim Profokiev of Russia were third at 148.71.

“We had more attack and speed in our elements but there are still some technical things we need to work on,” said D’Alessandro. “The only way to go from here is go on up and get better and better as the season progresses.”

The couple said they were more confident this week.

“We were excited to get back to training after Latvia,” said Waddell, who is recovering from a back injury this summer. “We were able to really push the run throughs and we felt a lot more comfortable out there.”

Olivia McIsaac of Burlington, Ont., and Corey Circelli of Toronto were 12th.

In women’s competition, thirteen-year-old Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary is in the medal hunt as well She stands fifth after the short program with 58.28 points and is headed for a vast improvement on her 11th place finish in Latvia.

Kseniia Sinitsyna leads at 74.65, her compatriot Anna Frolova is second at 61.43 and Eva Lotta Kibus of Estonia is third at 59.78. Only three points separate seventh from third.

After Thursday’s short program in the men’s event, Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., is 14th.

Competition ends Saturday with the men’s and women’s free skates.

Full results: ISU JGP Egna / Neumarkt 2019

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