Seven Seasoned Skaters to Compete at Grand Prix de France

OTTAWA, ON (October 30, 2023) – Following a great showing at 2023 Skate Canada International last weekend, seven experienced skaters are heading to Angers, France to compete at the Grand Prix de France from November 3-5, 2023. Two ice dance teams, one pair duo and one man will be competing over the weekend.  

Leading the team will be 2023 Canadian Ice Dance Champions Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen, who most recently claimed a bronze medal at the Finlandia Trophy. They will be joined by 2023 Budapest Trophy silver medalists Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac.  

In the pair competition, Lia Pereria and Trennt Michaud will have their sights set on the podium after placing second at Skate America a few weeks ago. 2023 Autumn Classic International bronze medalist Stephen Gogolev will be completing the team.  

Competition starts on Friday, November 3 with every discipline performing their short program/rhythm dance. All medals will be awarded on Saturday, November 4, as all disciplines will perform their free program/free dance. The event concludes on Sunday with the exhibition gala.  

For the full competition schedule, entries and results, please visit To watch the event live, click here.  

Team Canada 

Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location    

Stephen Gogolev | 18 | Toronto, Ont. | Rafael Arutyunyan & Lee Barkell | Irvine, USA 

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

 Ice Dance
Laurence Fournier Beaudry | 31 | Montreal, Que. & Nikolaj Soerensen | 34 | Montreal, Que. | Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon | Montreal, Que.    
Marie-Jade Lauriault | 26 | Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que. & Romain Le Gac | 28 | Laval, Que. | Marie-France Dubreuil | Montreal, Que.   

Team Leader – Andre Bourgeois
Official – Patty Klein
Medical Team – Marianne Chabot & Kirsten Lemmon 

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