Two sixth place finishes for Canada at Warsaw Cup

WARSAW – Emily Bausback of Vancouver and ice dancers Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary placed sixth on Sunday at the Warsaw Cup figure skating competition.

In women’s competition, Ekaterina Kurakova of Poland won the gold medal with 201.47 points, Bradie Tennell of the U.S. was second at 189.01 and Elizaveta Nugumanova of Russia was third at 186.02.

Bausback was ninth after Friday’s short program and delivered the sixth best free skate to finish with 172.48.

“I’m really happy with my performance and my ability to overcome some challenges,” said Bausback, 17. “I handled my nerves really well and trusted my training. I was proud to reach the scores I wanted.”

Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., was eighth.

“I had more attack in both programs,” said Schumacher, 16. “I was committed to my elements.”

In ice dancing, Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac of France won the gold medal with Ksenia Konkina and Pavel Drozd of Russia second and Caroline Green and Michael Parsons of the U.S third.

Fabbri and Ayer remained in sixth place.

“With this free dance we were hoping for a little bit more performance-wise after surpassing our expectations in the rhythm dance,” said Ayer, ninth with his partner at the world juniors last season. “But this was a very valuable experience for us to compete at this level.”

It was the senior level international debut for all three Canadian entries.

On Saturday, Justine Brasseur and Mark Bardei of Montreal won the bronze medal in pairs

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