IMPORTANT CHANGES TO 2022 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

OTTAWA, ON: With the rapidly escalating situation with the Omicron variant and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Skate Canada has made several difficult decisions in respect of The Canadian Tire National Skating Championships (CTNSC) scheduled to take place from January 6-13, 2022, at TD Place Arena in Ottawa, ON.

Effective immediately:

  1. No live audience will be permitted in the TD Arena for the CTNSC. This means all purchased tickets will be refunded. Only essential accredited people will be allowed in the facility. TD Place will notify each ticket holder, via email, and will process refunds by January 15, 2022.
  2. The Senior Event will run as planned. However, the Gala, scheduled for Sunday, January 9, 2022, has been cancelled.
  3.  Media access will be available virtually. Information will be released to accredited media once available.
  4. The Junior Event will run, however changes to the planned schedule may be necessary. An updated schedule will be released in due course.
  5. The Novice Event will be postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date.

In a joint statement, Skate Canada President, Karen Butcher, and CEO Debra Armstrong commented:

“The health and safety of all participants in the Championships is of paramount importance. We understand this is disappointing for our fans and stakeholders. However, our priority is to preserve the competitions necessary for the selection of teams for the Olympic Winter Games and ISU Championship events.”

Skate Canada appreciates the ongoing support from the figure skating community. The event will be available via live stream on CBC.ca.

Canada’s Keegan Messing Wins Gold at ISU Challenger Series event

ZIBEL, Croatia – Canada’s Keegan Messing won the gold medal Saturday in the men’s competition to conclude the 53rd Golden Spin of Zagreb figure skating competition, a stop on the ISU Challenger Series circuit.

Messing earned 255.07 points placing first in Thursday’s short program and fifth in a clean free skate. Andrei Mozalev of Russia was second at 252.15 and Jimmy Ma of the U.S. third at 250.97.

‘’It was a fantastic week, I’m confident and more motivated than ever’’ said Messing, 29, sixth at the world championships this past spring. ‘’We’re going home happy. The season started slow, and it is still not perfect but no we’re on the up and up and hopefully towards the Olympic Games.’’

Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., was 10th and Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., moved from 24th to 16th.

On Friday, Canadians Vanessa James and Eric Radford were fourth in pairs with Kirsten Moore-Towers of St.Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., eighth and Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., in ninth.

There were no Canadian entries in women or ice dancing.

Full results: http://granuli.hr/gs2021/html/

James and Radford Win Free Skate But Miss Medal at Golden Spin of Zagreb

ZIBEL, Croatia – Canada’s Vanessa James and Eric Radford won Friday’s free skate in pairs but it wasn’t enough to lift them into the medals at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, an event on the ISU Challenger Series circuit.

The first-year partners took fourth spot overall on the strength of a personal best free skate score of 130.83 for 187.57 total. Unfortunately, the short program on Thursday didn’t go as well as they stood ninth.

‘’We skated with a little bit more to prove in the free skate,’’ said Radford from Balmertown, Ont. ‘’It wasn’t as free and relaxed as at the Grand Prix in France (last month), but this was our cleanest program with the highest score so that’s all we can ask for is taking those steps in the right direction.’’

Audrey Lu and Misha Misha Mitrofanov of the U.S. won the gold with 195.32 followed by Anastasiia Metelkina and Daniil Parkman of Georgia in second at 189.60 and Iuliia Artemeva and Mikhail Nazarychev of Russia third at 189.29.

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St.Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., were eighth despite ranking sixth in the short and seventh in the long just ahead of Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., in ninth.

It was the fifth competition for James and Radford this fall. Most recently they were also fourth at their two Grand Prix assignments.

‘’We are definitely proud of this performance after the disappointment of the short program,’’ said James from Scarborough, Ont. ‘’It’s going to give us a lot of confidence.’’

Canada’s Keegan Messing is first after Thursday’s short program in men’s competition with 90.26 with Deniss Vajiljevs of Latvia second 84.46 and Brendan Kerry of Australia third in 84.36.

Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., is eighth and Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., 24th.

The men’s free skate is Saturday. There are no Canadian entries in women or ice dancing.

Full results: http://granuli.hr/gs2021/html/

MEDIA ACCREDITATION: 2022 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

OTTAWA, ON: The media accreditation application for the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships is now open. The 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will be held in person, and we are pleased to announce that we will be welcoming media members on-site for this event. The event will take place from January 6-13, 2022, in Ottawa, Ont., at The Arena at TD Place.

All media must apply for media accreditation through Skate Canada’s online form. The deadline to apply for accreditation is December 22, 2021.

While Skate Canada plans on hosting media in person for the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, we will continue to monitor the provincial and federal health guidelines and determine on a per event basis whether media will be held in a virtual setting. We encourage our media partners to access the media accreditation form to apply for accreditation for the 2021-2022 season.

Accreditation will be granted to professional media personnel only. Freelance media must provide a letter from the editor of the media outlet they are representing during the time of application. All applications are evaluated on an event-by-event basis and are subject to Skate Canada’s media accreditation guidelines.

Please visit the event page for further event updates.

Canadian Skaters Are Heading to Zagreb, Croatia for the 53rd Golden Spin of Zagreb

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have six entries for a total of nine skaters competing at the 53rd Golden Spin of Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. Canada will have three entries in men and three entries in pairs. This is the ninth and final event of the 2021 ISU Challenger Series and takes place from December 8 to 11, 2021.  

Keegan Messing, 29, Girdwood, Alaska, USA, is the first Canadian entry in men. Messing finished fifth at the 2021 Skate Canada International and recently placed sixth at the at the 2021 Internationaux de France. He is coached by Ralph Burghart in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. 

Conrad Orzel, 21, Woodbridge, Ont., is the second entry in men. Orzel placed first at the 2021 Autumn Classic International and placed ninth at the 2021 Skate Canada International. Orzel is coached by Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson in Toronto, Ont.  

Joseph Phan, 20, Laval, Que., will be the third and final Canadian entry in men. Phan placed second at the 2020 Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf, Germany. He is coached by Brian Orser, and Ghislain Briand in Toronto, Ont. 

National pairs team, Vanessa James, 34, Scarborough, Ont., and Eric Radford, 36, Balmertown, Ont., are the first Canadian entry in pairs. They garnered a silver medal at the 2021 Autumn Classic International and placed fourth at the 2021 Internationaux de France. This is their first season competing together internationally. They are coached by Julie Marcotte in Montreal, Que. 

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 29, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 29, Sarnia, Ont., are Canada’s second entry in pairs. Their last competition was the 2021 Rostelecom Cup in Russia, where they finished in fifth place. They are coached by Bruno Marcotte, Alison Purkiss and Brian Shales in Oakville, Ont., and Brantford, Ont. 

Evelyn Walsh, 20, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 25, Trenton, Ont., are the third entry  in pairs. Walsh and Michaud placed eighth at Skate America 2021 and sixth at the 2021 NHK Trophy, in Japan.  They are coached by Alison Purkiss, Andrew Evans and Paul Macintosh in Brantford, Ont. 

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director and Marie Bowness of Halifax, N.S., are the Canadian team leaders at this event. Physiotherapist, Paige Larson of North Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Sabrina Wong of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian official attending the event. 

 

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT THE 53rd GOLDEN SPIN OF ZAGREB – ZAGREB, CROATIA 

MEN 

Keegan Messing (29) / Girdwood, Alaska, USA / Ice Palace FSC / Coached by Ralph Burghart 

Conrad Orzel (21) / Woodbridge, Ont. / Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club / Coached by Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson 

Joseph Phan (20) / Laval, Que. / CPA Laval / Coached by Brian Orser and Ghislain Briand 

PAIRS 

Vanessa James (34) and Eric Radford (36) / Scarborough, Ont., and Balmertown, Ont. / EPJM and C.P.A. Saint-Léonard / Coached by Julie Marcotte 

Kirsten Moore-Towers (29) and Michael Marinaro (29) / St. Catharines, Ont., and Sarnia, Ont. / Skate Oakville / Coached by Bruno Marcotte, Alison Purkiss and Brian Shales 

Evelyn Walsh (20) and Trennt Michaud (25) / London, Ont., and Trenton, Ont. / Brantford Skating Club and Trenton Skating Club / Coached by Alison Purkiss, Andrew Evans and Paul Macintosh 

Gabrielle Daleman Wins Women’s Event at 2022 Skate Canada Challenge

REGINA – Two-time Olympian Gabrielle Daleman posted the best scores in both the short program and Sunday’s free skate to win the women’s event to conclude the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge.

Daleman, who helped Canada win the gold in the team event at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, earned 173.66 points. Amanda Tobin of Burlington, Ont., was second at 166.35 and Veronik Maillet of Sept-Iles, Que., was third at 162.95.

‘’It’s nowhere near perfect but it’s definitely going in the right direction,’’ said Daleman, at her third competition this season. ‘’It’s nice to be back into this atmosphere of a live audience and live judging and feel how I am with the adrenaline.’’

In ice dancing, Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Brossard, Que., took the title with 179.61 points. Haley Sales and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Burnaby, B.C., followed at 175.31 and Marie-Jade Lauriault of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., and Romain Le Gac of Laval, Que., tops in the free dance, were third at 173.66.

‘’In this performance we were focusing on having a strong connection and we achieved that especially in the free dance,’’ said Ayer, fifth with his partner at the Cup of Austria last month. ‘’We were especially pleased with our stationary lift for which we achieved our levels here.’’

Other winners this week in senior competition were Stephen Gogolev of Toronto for the men and Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., in pairs.

In the last junior event on Sunday, Rio Morito of Toronto took the men’s title.

‘’I felt really good and achieved my goals,’’ said Morito. ‘’I’m working on other elements that I hope will be ready for the future.’’

Other winners in junior were Justine Miclette of Quebec for the women, Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., in pairs and Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., in ice dancing.

The winners in novice competition were David Shteyngart of Ottawa for the men, Kayla Halliday of Brookswood, Alta., for the women, Kaitlyn Ho and Daniel Yu of Alberta in ice dancing and Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov of Winnipeg in pairs.

Skate Canada Challenge is a qualifying event for novice, junior and senior skaters to earn entries to the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, taking place in Ottawa from January 6 to 13, 2022.

This event is also the 2022 Pre-Novice National Championships.

In pre-novice the winners were: Liam Schmidt of Quebec for the men, Megan Woodley of Orillia, Ont., for the women, Alexane Jean and Charly Laliberté-Laurent of Quebec, in pairs and Auréa Cinçon-Debout and Earl Jesse Celestino of Quebec in ice dancing.

More information: https://skatecanada.ca/2022-skate-canada-challenge/#tab-id-7

Stephen Gogolev Tops Men’s Field at 2022 Skate Canada Challenge

REGINA – Junior-age standout Stephen Gogolev of Toronto made his mark at the senior level Friday with a victory in the men’s event at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge.

Still only 16, Gogolev won the short program and Friday’s free skate earning 235.47 points. Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, B.C., who tuned 17 in September followed at 205.06, despite ranking third in both programs. Meanwhile 19-year-old Corey Circelli of Toronto moved from ninth after the short to third at 201.33.

Gogolev made national headlines as a junior capped with a victory at the ISU Junior Grand Prix final in 2018 at age 13. On Friday he produced a clean program to a Peter Gabriel medley landing seven jumps including a quad Salchow and two tripe Axels, including one in combination.

‘’I think tonight was a huge step for Stephen,’’ said Gogolev’s coach Lee Barkell. ‘’It was his first time back competing in front of Canadian judges and it’s a great stepping stone heading into national championships in January.’’

Gogolev competed once before this season at the Warsaw Cup ISU Challenger Series event last month placing 11th.

‘’I felt pretty confident coming into this competition,’’ said Gogolev. ‘’I had more time to work on aspects of the program. I might add an element or two at nationals depending on how comfortable I am with them.’’

In pairs, Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., took the gold medal with 176.83 points followed by Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Levis, Que., at 162.97 and Patricia Andrew and Steven Adcock of Brantford, Ont., third at 156.18.

‘’We really wanted to focus on staying together and staying present,’’ said Stellato-Dudek. ‘’A lot of times we get the benefit of being called fighters and coming back in the program but that’s because we are taking one element at a time and not focusing on prior mistakes we potentially had in the program.’’

In junior pairs, Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., representing Ontario, were the winners.

‘’I’m just happy to be back on the ice and back in competition,’’ said McIntosh, who was out two months with an injury. ‘’The last two weeks of training we’re pretty good and we just wanted to go out and duplicate that today.’’

Skate Canada Challenge is a qualifying event for novice, junior and senior skaters to earn entries to the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, taking place in Ottawa, Ont., from January 6 to 13, 2022.

This event is also the the 2022 Pre-Novice National Championships.

The winners in novice competition were: David Shteyngart of Ottawa for the men, Kayla Halliday of Brookswood, Alta., for the women, Kaitlyn Ho and Daniel Yu of Alberta in ice dancing and Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov of Winnipeg in pairs

In pre-novice so far are: Megan Woodley of Orillia, Ont., for the women and Alexane Jean and Charly Laliberté-Laurent of Chambly, Que., in pairs.

Competition continues through to Sunday at Evraz Place in Regina.

More information: https://skatecanada.ca/2022-skate-canada-challenge/#tab-id-7

A Community Story Series with Abby Bennett – Live From 2022 Skate Canada Challenge

A true story of family and triumph, learn how Abby Bennett overcame a cancer diagnosis to skate her personal best at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge