Liam Firus knew it was going to be a dogfight, the showdown for the men’s Olympic spot at the national championships. “But that’s when I skate my best,” says the 21-year-old from North Vancouver. The young man with the quiet grace has had a shorter season than most as he recovered from a groin injury […]
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Who could have guessed? Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers grew up in two tiny Saskatchewan towns, 23 kilometres apart, where pair skating is perhaps 25th on the list of things to do behind rodeo. Actually, Lawrence’s parents own a rodeo production company in Kennedy, Sask. (population 241), home to the Moose Mountain Pro Rodeo, a […]
ROUEN, France – Les Supremes from St-Leonard, Que., gained a spot in its long program to win the bronze medal Saturday in junior competition at the 10-country French Cup synchronized skating event. Finland teams were 1-2 with Fintastic first at 171.68 and Mystique second at 167.95. The Supremes followed at 164.60. The Supremes team […]
Charles Dion is a winner. No, he didn’t make it onto the Olympic team at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa this year. He didn’t win a medal. But he won in other ways. The national championship was his Olympics. Dion, 22, of Candiac, Que., didn’t even qualify for the Canadian championships last […]
Kevin Reynolds has seen the best of times and the worst of times in less than a year. The skater from Coquitlam, B.C., was the toast of the country last season when he went from strength to strength: He landed five quads at the national championships; he defeated Patrick Chan on the technical mark in […]
She’s just beginning, this 18-year-old Kaetlyn Osmond, the woman with uncommon flair, and now a two-time Canadian champion on her way to the Sochi Olympics. She is blossoming, despite a injury-filled season. It was no accident that Osmond decided to have a long program created for her this year in which she would depict Cleopatra, […]
OTTAWA, ON: Three Canadian synchronized skating teams will travel to Rouen, France, to compete at the 2014 French Cup. The international synchronized skating competition takes place from January 31 – February 1, 2014, and features 39 teams from 10 countries, in senior, junior, and novice. Canada will have entries in the senior and junior categories. […]
It seemed that there was no way that Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Daleman was going to take off that Olympic team jacket she earned for winning the silver medal at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. In the days following the Canadian Olympic Committee presentation, Daleman stuck around the championships, supporting her brother, Zachary Daleman, who finished […]
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje may be going to the Sochi Olympics as Canada’s number two ice dancing team, but they have turned into a charismatic force in their own right. They choose music that sticks with you. They hold nothing back when they perform. They fly around the ice at great speed, he a […]
SALZBURG, Austria – Les Pirouettes from Laval, Que., won the gold medal in junior competition and Nexxice from Burlington Ont., took the bronze in the senior event on Saturday at the Mozart Cup synchronized skating competition. Les Pirouettes ranked first in both the short program and long program for 154.00 points. Crystal Ice from Russia […]
TAIPEI – Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., gained eight spots in the women’s singles standings on Saturday to place seventh at the ISU Four Continents Championships figure skating competition. It was a remarkable finish to the 17-year-old’s first senior international assignment. Chartrand was 15th after Friday’s short program but came out firing on all cylinders […]
TAIPEI – Natasha Purich of Sherwood Park, Alta., and Mervin Tran of Regina climbed from seventh to fifth place in pairs on Friday at the ISU Four Continents Championships figure skating competition. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China took the gold in front of three American couples. Purich and Tran didn’t match their best […]