Five Canadian Skaters to Kick Off Grand Prix Season at Skate America

OTTAWA, ON (October 16, 2023) – Five talented Canadian athletes will be making their way to Allen, Texas for the first ISU Grand Prix of the season, which will take place from October 20-22, 2023. The team competing at Skate America will be comprised of one man, two pair skaters and two ice dancers. 

Highlighting the Canadian delegation will be 2023 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships bronze medalists Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha. The ice dance team will have their sights set on the podium after winning medals at both of their Grand Prix assignments last season. 

They will be joined by 2023 Autumn Classic International bronze medalist Stephen Gogolev in the men’s event, as well as Lia Pereira and Trennt Michaud, who will be competing in pairs. The new team had a breakthrough first season together, claiming gold at the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge, and bronze at the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.  

Competition begins on Friday, October 20 with the men’s and pair short programs. The following day, athletes will compete in the rhythm dance, as well as the pair and men’s free programs. The event will conclude on Sunday, October 22 with the free dance. For the full competition schedule, entries and results, please visit 

Team Canada 

Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location    

Stephen Gogolev | 18 | Toronto, Ont. | Vera Arutyunyan | Irvine, USA 

Lia Pereira | 19 | Milton, Ont. & Trennt Michaud | 27 | Brantford, Ont. | Alison Purkiss | Brantford, Ont. 

Ice Dance
Marjorie Lajoie | 22 | Boucherville, Que. & Zachary Lagha | 23 | Saint-Hubert, Que. | Romain Haguenauer | Montreal, Que. 

Team Leader – Mike Slipchuk
Official – Nicole Leblanc-Richard
Medical Team – Pat Stanziano 

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