Alison Schumacher, two Canadian ice dance teams crack top-10 at world juniors

TALLIN, Estonia – Two Canadian ice dance teams and Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., all cracked the top-10 on Saturday to conclude the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

In ice dancing, Avonlea Nguyen and Vadym Kolesnik of the U.S. won the gold with Maria Kazakova and Goergy Reviy of Georgia second and Elizaveta Shanaeva and Devid Naryzhnyy of Russia third.

Miku Makita and Tyler Gunara of Vancouver climbed from eighth after Thursday’s rhythm dance to eighth and Emmy Bronsard and Aissa Bouaraguia of Montreal were ninth. Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto took 11th spot.

In women’s competition, Schumacher climbed to ninth spot to improve on last year’s result.

Kamila Valieva led Russia to a 1-2 finish with Daria Usacheva second at 207.74 and Alysa Liu of the U.S. third at 204.83

Schumacher, the 17-year-old silver medallist at the senior nationals in January, was 11th after Friday’s short program and produced the ninth best free skate to crack the top-10 for a second straight year. She was 10th in her world junior debut last year.

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Joseph Phan 12th at world juniors

TALLINN, Estonia – Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., placed 12th in men’s competition on Friday at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Andrei Mozalev of Russia won the gold medal, Yuma Kagiyama of Japan took the silver and Petr Gummenik of Russia earned the bronze.

Phan dropped from eighth after Wednesday’s short program while Stephen Gogolev of Toronto climbed to 17th.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Phan. “My timing for my jumps was completely off.”

In the women’s competition after the short program, Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., is 11th while Kayla Ruiter of Calgary ranked 31st.

Competition ends Saturday.

Full results:

Canadian pair jump three spots at ISU World Junior

TALLINN, Estonia – Patricia Andrew of London, Ont., and Zachary Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., climbed to an 11th place finish in pairs on Thursday at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

The Russians swept the medals with the gold going to Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov.

Andrew and Daleman were 14th after Wednesday’s short program and delivered the 11th best free skate for the best improvement of the day over yesterday’s result.

Kelly Ann Laurin of St-Jerome, Que., and Loucas Ethier of St-Eustache, Que., were 14th.

In ice dancing after the rhythm dance, Emmy Bronsard and Aissa Bouaraguia of Montreal are eighth, Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto ninth and Miku Makita and Tyler Gunara of Vancouver 10th.

“We improved a lot from our last competition,” said Waddell. “We showed more attack and speed into our elements and didn’t hold back at all. We were really focused on the technical side. Our levels were higher and it was one of our better skates this season.”

Competition continues Friday with the men’s free skate and women’s short program.

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Worlds Rewind: London 2013

With the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2020 in Montreal, Quebec just around the corner, we continue to look back at previous world championships staged in Canada. The 10-part series concludes with the 2013 world championships in London, Ont.

It was perhaps the most dominant era in the history of Canadian figure skating.

As the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships arrived in London, Ont., expectations were high for the host nation as skating’s flagship event came to Canada for the first time since Calgary in 2006.

In what turned out to be a drama-filled men’s free program, Patrick Chan claimed his third consecutive world title – but it did not come easy. Chan struggled in his free program while the late Denis Ten of Kazakhstan was simply sensational, beating his season’s best score by nearly 50 points.

As Ten finished his program, he crouched down and kissed the ice at Budweiser Gardens.

Despite his struggles, Chan scored 266.78 points overall, less than 1.3 points ahead of Ten. By winning silver, Ten became the first skater from Kazakhstan to win a medal at the world championships. Spain’s Javier Fernandez took the bronze medal.

The two best ice dance teams in the world once again went head to head in London, with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the 2010 Olympic gold medallists and reigning world champions, trying to hold off Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S.

The Americans defeated their archrivals to win back the world crown they had lost to the Canadians the previous year. Davis and White finished with a 189.56 total while Virtue and Moir scored 185.04.

Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov dominated the pairs competition, winning gold by 20 points and setting world records in the free program (149.87) and total score (225.71).

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany won silver, finishing just one point ahead of Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, the bronze medallists. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch finished just off the podium, in fourth.

Duhamel and Radford went on to win back-to-back world titles in 2015 and 2016.

In the ladies’ competition, Yuna Kim of South Korea, the 2010 Olympic champion, made a triumphant return to the world championships by winning gold.

Kaetlyn Osmond, who won Skate Canada International and the Canadian title in the 2012-13 season, won over the crowd in London, finishing eighth in her worlds debut. Osmond went on to win the world crown in 2018.

The 2013 ISU World Figure Championships marked the last time the event was held in Canada. In ten world championships on Canadian soil since 1932, there have been countless unforgettable moments, and memories, for skating fans.

And now, Montreal, it’s your turn.

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Men Patrick Chan (CAN) Denis Ten (KAZ) Javier Fernandez (SPA)
Ladies Yu-Na Kim (KOR) Carolina Kostner (ITA) Mao Asada (JPN)
Pairs Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov (RUS) Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy (GER) Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford (CAN)
Ice Dance Meryl Davis / Charlie White (USA) Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (CAN) Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev (RUS)

Canadian junior skaters headed to Estonia for the 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada has nine entries, for a total of 14 skaters competing at the 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, taking place in Tallinn, Estonia, from March 2-8, 2020. Canada will have two entries in men, women and pairs, and three entries in ice dance. Competition starts Wednesday, March 4 with the men’s and pair’s short programs.

Stephen Gogolev, 15, Toronto, Ont., will be one of two Canadian entries in the men’s discipline. Last season, Gogolev finished fifth at the 2019 ISU World Junior Championships. This season, he won a silver medal at ISU JGP Lake Placid and was 5th at ISU JGP Croatia.Gogolev is coached by Rafael Aruntyunyan and Lee Barkell in Irvine, California.

Joseph Phan, 18, Laval, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in the men’s discipline. This season, Phan finished fourth in senior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He most recently won the silver medal in the junior category at the Bavarian Open. Phan is coached by Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian junior champion, Kaiya Ruiter, 13, Calgary, Alta., will be the first of two Canadian entries in the women’s discipline. This season on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, Ruiter finished sixth at Egna/Neumarkt 2019 and 11th at Riga Cup. She most recently captured the gold medal at the Bavarian Open in the junior ladies I category. Ruiter is coached by Scott Davis and Jeff Langdon Calgary, Alta.

Alison Schumacher, 17, Tecumseh, Ont., will be the second Canadian entry in the women’s discipline. This season, Schumacher won the silver medal at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the senior category. At last year’s junior world championships, she placed 10th. Schumacher is coached by Joey Russell in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian junior pairs champions, Patricia Andrew, 14, London, Ont., and Zachary Daleman, 20, Newmarket, Ont., will be the first of two Canadian entries in pairs. In their first season as a team, the two finished 10 at the Junior Grand Prix Croatia Cup and eighth at the Junior Grand Prix Chelyabinsk. They are coached by Alison Purkiss and Bryce Davison in Brantford, Ont.

Kelly Ann Laurin, 14, Saint-Jerome, Que., and Loucas Ethier, 19, Saint-Eustache, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in pairs. The 2020 Canadian junior bronze medallists finished sixth at the Junior Grand Prix Baltic Cup and won gold at the Bavarian Open. They are coached by Yvan Desjardins at Ecole Excellence Rosemère.

Natalie D’Alessandro, 15, Toronto, Ont., and Bruce Waddell, 18, Toronto, Ont., will be the first of three Canadian entries in ice dance. This season, the team represented Canada at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, where they finished fourth. On the Junior Grand Prix circuit, the duo won silver at Egna/Neumarkt and finished fourth at Riga Cup. They are coached by Andrew Hallam in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian junior ice dance champions, Emmy Bronsard, 15, Montreal, Que., and Aissa Bouaraguia, 18, Montreal, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in ice dance. On the Junior Grand Prix circuit, the team finished third at Croatia Cup and fourth at Courchevel. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Pascal Denis in Montreal, Que.

Miku Makita, 16, Anmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara, 17, Burnaby, B.C., will be the final Canadian entry in ice dance. The team also represented Canada at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games and finished fifth. On the Junior Grand Prix circuit, they finished fourth at Baltic Cup and at Lake Placid. Makita and Gunara are coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing in Burnaby, B.C.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, and Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., will be the team leaders at the event. Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., and physiotherapist Mireille Landry of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff. Cynthia Benson of Quispamsis, N.B., Karen Howard of Regina, Sask., Jerome Poulin of Montreal, Que., and Ron Conacher of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian officials attending the event. Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada, will be attending as a team official.

For results and full entries, please click here. The event will be live streamed on the ISU Youtube Channel. Location restrictions may apply.


Men Stephen Gogolev 15 Toronto, Ont. Granite Club Rafael Aruntyunyan / Lee Barkell
Men Joseph Phan 18 Laval, Que. CPA Laval Brian Orser
Women Kaiya Ruiter 13 Calgary, Alta. Glencoe Club Scott Davis / Jeff Langdon
Women Alison Schumacher 17 Tecumseh, Ont. Granite Club and Toronto CS & CC Joey Russell
Pairs Patricia Andrew / Zachary Daleman 14 / 20 London, Ont. / Newmarket, Ont. Brantford Competitive Skating Centre Alison Purkiss
Pairs Kelly Ann Laurin / Loucas Ethier 14 / 19 Saint-Jerome, Que. / Saint-Eustache, Que. Ecole Excellence Rosemere Yvan Desjardins/ Violaine Émard
Ice Dance Natalie D’Alessandro / Bruce Waddell 15 / 18 Toronto, Ont. / Toronto, Ont. Toronto CS & CC Andrew Hallam
Ice Dance Emmy Bronsard / Aissa Bouaraguia 15 / 18 Montréal, Que. / Montreal, Que.  Ice Academy of Montreal  Marie-France Dubreui / Patrice Lauzon / Pascal Denis
Ice Dance Miku Makita / Tyler Gunara 16 / 17 Anmore, B.C. / Burnaby, B.C. Vancouver Ice Dance Academy Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe

The Evolution of the David Dore Mentorship Fund

Written by Paul Dore

It’s a habit of mine to look for patterns and understand through-lines. I like to believe there is an evolutionary continuum. There is an element of comfort to seeing how things evolve and go from generation to generation. History builds upon itself in incremental, and sometimes seemingly invisible steps. I’d like to take a moment and look at three continuums: from an organizational standpoint, a community aspect, and a personal perspective.

As we look to the future of the upcoming World Championships in Montreal, it’s worth looking to the past. Almost twenty years ago, Vancouver hosted the World Championships, and the international skating community had never seen anything like it.

The Director General at the time, my father David Dore, had previously overseen World Championships in Canada. However, when approaching Vancouver, my father and his team not only had the goal to put on the best-organized event, they wanted to give people an experience.

David Dore Skating

Canada always had a presence on the world stage. In Vancouver, my dad wanted to not only showcase where skating was at the time but the possibilities of where it could go in the future. And we are now in the future. I think you could say it was prescient. There were 220,000 people in attendance, and $600,000 made from the event were distributed to British Columbia skating clubs as a legacy. There were also an additional 35,000 visitors to the innovative SkateFest, which was held in the adjacent plaza. SkateFest was an immersive and interactive exhibition well before any social media existed.

This event in Vancouver was such an achievement for my dad that he retired from Skate Canada a year later. Anyone that knew my dad was not surprised when he not only kept involved with figure skating but went on to become the Vice President of the International Skating Union. Even with the worldwide focus of his work after retirement, my father was always at his happiest when watching a skating competition in his home country of Canada.

That is one of the reasons we established The David Dore Mentorship Fund – to help foster continuing success in Canadian skating. The Fund provides an opportunity for a Skate Canada skater, coach, official, or volunteer to develop leadership skills with the goal of enhancing the organization’s leadership depth.

Being part of the David Dore Mentorship Fund for a few years now, I’ve had the opportunity to be exposed to a cross-section of people working in local skating collectives across the country. From judges to administrators to community organizers, I am continually impressed and encouraged by all the applicants and recipients. They are interested in new experiences and learning opportunities to better equip themselves and to grow the community around them.

Paul Dore – 1990s

As Val Masek, 2018 David Dore Mentorship Fund recipient said, “It is not all about skating. We feel skating makes us better citizens and appreciative of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. I see my work as a piece of a larger continuum guided by Mr. Dore’s principles of strong fundamentals and the importance of community service.”

After four Mentorship Fund recipients, I think my dad would be happy with the results. Four people from four corners of the country all working in different ways towards the common goal of improving the skating lives of those around them.

Returning to those Worlds in Vancouver, I hope that my father took a moment or two for himself to think about just how far he had come. A highpoint of his skating career was making it to Nationals. This idea of through-lines and historical patterns have been on my mind lately because my father’s grandson, and my nephew Joshua, who just competed in his first National Championships in Mississauga. We are officially three generations of figure skaters.

Joshua Dore

Although I never got there during my skating career, I did make it to the Olympics in Sochi when working as a director for the Olympic Broadcasting Service. My father always offered his guidance and he helped navigate me through my first time at an Olympic Games. From how to pack for a month to the nuances of new ice dancing rules to understanding the immensity of participating in such an enormous event. He had attended many Olympic Games, and he had so much knowledge and experience. It was very important for me to listen to what he wanted to pass along.

My father would have been very excited to see the World Championships return to Canada. He always had an eye on the future and would have been thrilled to see how the Mentorship Fund recipients use their new-found knowledge and experience. I also know that my father would be extremely proud of Joshua, and would have wanted nothing more than to sit in those stands watching and cheering on the next generation – both on the ice and through the fund recipients – who continue to push the sport forward.

To learn more about the David Dore Mentorship Fund and the Program, watch this video of past recipients expressing their experience at previous Skate Canada Ice Summits.  If you are one of those leaders, further information and the application can be found at the below link.