OTTAWA – Anthony Paradis surged from fourth place after the short program to win the gold medal in the junior men’s event and Justine Miclette took the women’s junior crown on Thursday to conclude the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships
The 14-year-old Paradis, from Boisbriand, Que., posted the best score in the free skate to finish with 189.57 points. He edged Grayson Long of Toronto by less than a half a point at 189.15 and John Kim of Hamilton was third at 187.52.
‘’I skated very well,’’ said Boisbriand. ‘’I was particularly happy with my triple-triple combo and my triple Lutz. Being on the podium at nationals was one of my big goals this season.’’
In the women’s event, Miclette ranked first in both the short and Thursday’s free program for 170.01 points. The other two medallists moved up in the standings with Fiona Bombardier of Richmond Hill, Ont., going from fourth to second with 158.71 and Michelle Deng of Edmonton from fifth to third with 152.01.
‘’Despite the error in my triple toe, I’m proud of my performance,’’ said Miclette, 15, part of Skate Canada’s NextGen program. ‘’I just wanted to skate like I do in practice, and I achieved that. It was just a lot of fun to be here at these championships.’’