TALLIN, Estonia – Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud won their first international medal on Saturday finishing third in pairs at the ISU Four Continents Championships figure skating competition.
Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish with 189.10 points. Emily Chan and Spencer Arika Howe were second at 180.94 and Walsh and Michaud, in their sixth season together, followed with an international best 179.70.
The Canadians were second after the short program and were hoping to at least maintain that position.
‘’We are disappointed in our free skate,’’ said Walsh of London, Ont. ‘’We made some costly errors today that going forward we know we can’t make.’’
They were coming off a silver medal performance earlier this month at nationals.
‘’It was a very good week,’’ said Michaud of Trenton, Ont. ‘’We were feeling very confident after nationals and had a great short program here. We had a lot of good things in the free skate today we just made one or two errors we don’t usually make.’’
Deanna Stellato and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., were fourth at 172.71 and Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Lévis, Que., sixth at 163.60.
In women’s competition, Mai Mihara of Japan won the gold medal with South Koreans Haein Lee and Yelim Kim second and third.
Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was 10th, Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., 11th and Veronik Mallet of Sept-Iles, Que., 13th.
‘’I managed to do a decent long,’’ said Daleman. ‘’Again there were mistakes but I managed to bounce back and I fought through the program and recovered.’’
Competition ends Sunday with the men’s free skate.
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/fc2022/