Canadian ice dancers in hunt for second gold at ISU Junior Grand Prix

LJUBLJANA – Ice dancers Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell are chasing a a second victory on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit this season.

The Toronto couple are second after Friday’s rhythm dance with 64.26 points, just slightly behind Russians Vasilia Kaganovskaia and Valeriy Angelopol currently first with 66.00. Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen of the U.S. are third at 62.99.

D’Alessandro and Waddell earned their first international victory at the third stop in Kosice finishing ahead of the same Russians. They were just 0.22 points off their personal best rhythm dance set three weeks ago.

Alyssa Robinson of Ridgetown, Ont., and Jacob Portz of Calgary are 11th.

The men’s free skate was also held on Friday. Alec Guinzbourg of Aurora, Ont., finished 10th in his third appearance on the circuit. Ilya Yablokov of Russia won the event.

‘’My experience here was great,’’ said Guinzbourg, 17. ‘’Even tough the programs were not the best, it still felt good to be out there competing.’’

In Thursday’s women’s short program, Audréanne Foster of Forestville, Que., was ninth.

Competition ends Saturday with the free dance and the women’s free.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgpslo2021/

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