Six Canadian skaters headed to Japan for final stop on ISU Grand Prix Circuit

OTTAWA, ON: Team Canada will be competing at the 2019 ISU NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan, from November 22-24, 2019. This will be the final stop of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

In the men’s discipline, Conrad Orzel, 19, Toronto, Ont., will be the first of two Canadian entries. This season, Orzel finished 11th at Cup of China and sixth at Autumn Classic International. He is coached by Tracy Wilson and Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.

Roman Sadovsky, 20, Vaughn, Ont., will be the second Canadian entry in men. This season, he placed 10th at Skate Canada International and third at Finlandia Trophy. Sadovsky is coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 27, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 27, Sarnia, Ont., will be the only Canadian entry in pairs. The team won a silver medal at Skate Canada International and a gold medal at Nebelhorn Trophy this season. They are coached by Bruno Marcotte in Oakville, Ont.

In the ice dance discipline, Carolane Soucisse, 24, Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus, 25, North Vancouver, B.C., will be representing Canada. This season, they finished seventh at Internationaux de France, third at U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and fifth at Autumn Classic International. The team is coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Que.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director and Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Cole Beavis of Saskatoon, Sask., and physiotherapist Josiane Roberge of Sillery, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Debbie Islam of Barrie, Ont., and Sabrina Wong of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian officials attending the event.

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Men Conrad Orzel 19 Toronto, Ont. Toronto CS & CC Tracy Wilson / Brian Orser
Men Roman Sadovsky 20 Vaughn, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Tracey Wainman / Grzegorz Filipowski
Pairs Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 27 / 27 St. Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. St. Catharines SC / Point Edward SC Bruno Marcotte
Ice Dance Carolane Soucisse / Shane Firus 24 / 25 Chateauguay, Que. / North Vancouver, B.C. CPA Repentigny / CPA Repentigny Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon / Romain Haguenauer
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