Seven Canadian skaters headed to Russia for Rostelecom Cup

OTTAWA, ON: Team Canada will be competing this week at the Rostelecom Cup, the fifth event of the 2019 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Canada will be sending one entry in men, one entry in pair and two entries in ice dance, for a total of seven skaters. The event will take place from November 15-17, 2019, in Moscow, Russia.

Nam Nguyen, 20, Ajax, Ont., will be the lone Canadian entry in men. This season, Nguyen won silver at Skate Canada International and finished fourth at Nebelhorn Trophy. He is coached by Robert Burk in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Evelyn Walsh, 18, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 23, Trenton, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in pairs. The two finished eighth at Skate Canada International and sixth at Finlandia Trophy this season. They are coached by Alison Purkiss in Brantford, Ont.

Piper Gilles, 27, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 28, Unionville, Ont., will be the first of two Canadian entries in ice dance. This season, the duo took home gold medals at Skate Canada International and Autumn Classic International. They are coached by Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Jon Lane in Scarborough, Ont.

Marjorie Lajoie, 19, Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha, 20, Saint-Hubert, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in ice dance. The team finished sixth at Skate Canada International and fourth at Finlandia Trophy this season. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Que.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director and Bev Viger of Abbortsford, B.C., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Leanna Caron, President, Skate Canada, will also be travelling with the team. Karen Butcher of Greely, Ont., and Veronique Gosselin of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., will be the Canadian officials attending the event. Dr. Albert Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., and physiotherapist Mike McMurray of Oak Bluff, Man., will be the medical staff onsite.

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Men Nam Nguyen 20 Ajax, Ont. Richmond Hill Training Centre Robert Burk
Pairs Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud 18 / 23 London, Ont. / Trenton, Ont. London SC / Trenton SC Alison Purkiss
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 27 / 28 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs / Jon Lane
Ice Dance Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha 19 / 20 Boucherville, Que. / Saint-Hubert, Que. CPA Boucherville / CPA Saint-Lambert Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon / Romain Haguenauer
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