Fournier Beaudry and Sørensen Win Silver Medal at Cup of Austria

GRAZ, Austria – Despite a lack of sleep, Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen of Montreal won the silver medal on Sunday in ice dancing to conclude the Cup of Austria, an event on the ISU Challenger Series circuit.

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy took the gold with 208.88 points followed by the Canadians with a season’s best 194.67 and Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz of Spain in third at 189.88. Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen, chasing a first career Olympic berth this season, were third after Saturday’s rhythm dance.

That rhythm dance finished late Saturday night and the free dance was early Sunday. That left only about 12 hours between performances which also included a practice.

‘’It was great to be able to perform under those conditions,’’ said Sørensen. ‘’We finished late last night and started early today so we didn’t get much sleep. We were really happy with what were able to produce today and happy to see the program is heading in the right direction.’’

It was a third medal in three competitions for the Canadians. They also took bronze at Skate America earlier this month and silver at the Lombardia Trophy. They ended last season placing eighth at the world championships.

‘’Today actually felt normal because our practice was closer to the competition,’’ said Fournier Beaudry. ‘’It was yesterday (Saturday) that we really had to properly manage our time because we skated so late at night.’’

Canada’s other two entries also gained a spot in the standings. Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary were fifth while Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., and Molly Lanaghan of Scarborough, Ont., took 11th.

All the other free skates were on Saturday. (

For the women, Emily Bausback of Vancouver was seventh and Allison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., moved from 17th after the short program to 13th.

In men’s competition, Corey Circelli of Toronto moved from 14th to 10th and Beres Clements of Gibson, B.C., was 16th.

In the junior event Canada won two medals.

Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto won gold in ice dancing and Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, B.C., took silver in the men’s event.

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