Roman Sadovsky to Compete at Nebelhorn Trophy

OTTAWA, ON: Roman Sadovsky, Canada’s 2020 National Men’s Champion is headed to Nebelhorn Trophy to compete for Canada’s second men’s berth at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The Nebelhorn Trophy is an Olympic qualifier and the third stop of the ISU Challenger Series. The event is scheduled to take place from September 21-25, 2021, in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Roman Sadovsky is 22 years old, from Vaughan, Ont., and is the reigning Canadian men’s champion having won the gold medal at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Sadovsky also took home the gold medal at 2021 Skate Canada Challenge and won a bronze medal at both the 2019 NHK Trophy and the Finlandia Trophy in 2019. Roman is coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director will be the team leader at this event. Karen Butcher, Skate Canada President of Greely Ont., will also be attending the event. Physiotherapist Scott Fraser of Kingston, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite and Andrea Derby of Uxbridge, Ont., will be the Canadian Official attending the event.

For more information, please visit www.isu.org 

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU CS NEBELHORN TROPHY – OBERSTDORF, GERMANY

Men
Roman Sadovsky (22) / Vaughan, Ont. / York Region Skating Centre / Coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski

 

Gilles and Poirier Open International Season with Victory at Autumn Classic International

PIERREFONDS, Que. – Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto opened their international season Saturday with a victory to conclude the Autumn Classic International figure skating competition.

The world championship bronze medallists earned 208.97 points for top spot with Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz of Spain second at 191.31 and Caroline Green and Michael Parsons of the U.S. third at 188.43.

‘’We’re very pleased with the way both programs went,’’ said Poirier. ‘’We didn’t try to force things or have that perfect skate. We just want to get everything sharper and we’re really excited to deliver such a strong showing and show that we keep improving.’’

Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of St-Hubert, Que., the 2019 world junior champions, totalled 181.74 for fourth.

‘’We’re really happy with the free dance and we didn’t hold back,’’ said Lagha. ‘’During the off season we really worked on our skating skills and made some needed changes to our programs.’’

Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver were fifth and Haley Sales of Kelowna, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Langley, B.C. took sixth.

In an all-Canadian men’s event, Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., took the gold with 207.31 points, Bennet Toman of Brampton, Ont., was second at 172.33 and Beres Clements of Gibson, B.C., third at 153.48.

After landing two quads in the short on Friday, Orzel couldn’t execute them cleanly in the free skate and he also fell on one of his triple Axels.

‘’There’s some good takeaways from this competition despite a really bad long,’’ said Orzel, 21, sixth at this event in 2019. ‘’There’s no way of sugar coating it, it was not what I had been showing in practice. But it helps me re-evaluate how I should prepare when I compete.’’

Besides Saturday’s four medals, Canada also won a silver in pairs with Vanessa James and Eric Radford on Friday.

Full results: https://results.skatecanada.ca/2021ACI/

Canadian Ice Dancers Fourth at ISU Junior Grand Prix

KRASNOYARSK, Russia – Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., were less than three points from the podium on Saturday finishing fourth in the ice dancing event to conclude the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Russia was 1-2 with Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano taking the gold with 167.31 points and Sofia Leonteva and Daniil Gorelkin second at 165.14. Angela Ling and Caleb Wein of the U.S. were third at 160.23.

Bashynska and Beaumont remained in fourth earning an international best 157.34. They won a bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2019 and were silver medallists in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

‘’We’re pretty satisfied with both of our skates,’’ said Bashynska. ‘’We need to fix some technical issues that we had here for our next event.’’

Emma Goodstadt of Oakville, Ont., and Michael Barsoum of North York, Ont., were 11th in their international debut.

The Russians grabbed the top-five positions in women’s competition led by Sofia Akateva who won the gold medal.

Lia Pereira of Milton, Ont., in her Junior Grand Prix debut, was 10th.

‘’I learned a lot more about myself about how to handle the pressure of an event like this,’’ said Pereira. ‘’It was an amazing experience.’’

Canada ends the competition with a bronze medal earned by Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., on Friday in the men’s event.

The next stop on the circuit is this upcoming Thursday to Saturday in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgprus2021/

James and Radford Take Silver in International Debut at Autumn Classic International

PIERREFONDS, Que. – Vanessa James and Eric Radford launched their new partnership for Canada with a silver medal in pairs on Friday at the Autumn Classic International figure skating competition.

This past April, two-time world champion and three-time Olympic medallist Radford announced he was coming out of retirement to skate for Canada once again. But this time it was with new partner Vanessa James, a European champion and world championship medallist who formerly competed for France.

Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan stayed in first place for the victory Friday with 204.06 points followed by the new Canadian pair with 184.01. Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy Leduc of the U.S. hung on for third with 170.64.

Skating to Harry Styles, James and Radford opened with a solid triple twist and executed a clean throw triple Salchow later on. But they were shaky on their side-by-side jumps with James falling once and stepping out of another.

‘’We were hoping for better obviously,’’ said Radford, 36. ‘’But there’s so much for us we have to keep in perspective, and we are finding out how to do this. We know we are going to have a clearer target at our next competition. We have a huge opportunity here and that’s how we are going to take this.’’

‘’For me it’s a learning lesson on how to control my stress,’’ added the 33-year-old James, born in Scarborough, Ont. ‘’I’m taking this as a step in our career.’’

Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil, Que., missed a berth on the podium by less than a point finishing fourth at 169.91 while Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Levis, Que., remained seventh.

In the women’s free skate, Marilena Kitromillis of Cyprus won the gold ahead of two South Koreans: Young You and Seoyeon Ji.

Emily Bausback of Vancouver, B.C. was the top Canadian climbing from ninth to seventh. Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was eighth and Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., 10th.

“There’s a lot of positive takeaways from this competition,’’ said Bausback, whose free skate ranked sixth. ‘’I learned a lot about myself and how to deal with my nerves. It’s something I can build on going into Skate Canada International.’’

In ice dancing, world championship bronze medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto, Ont. are first after the rhythm dance with 83.35, Olivia Smart of Adrian Diaz of Spain are second at 75.20 and Caroline Green and Michael Parsons of the U.S. third at 73.93.

‘’We were very pleased with our speed today because it’s always hard to come out for the first event and not overdo it,’’ said Gilles. ‘’We skated very sensible and considering where we are in the season, we are super happy.’’

There are three other Canadian entries: Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of St-Hubert, Que., are fourth at 71.27, Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver are fifth at 65.11 and Haley Sales of Kelowna, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Langley, B.C. are sixth at 59.91.

All three entries in men’s competition are Canadian. After the short program, Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., is first with 80.82 points, Bennet Toman of Brampton, Ont., second at 63.30 and Beres Clements of Gibson, B.C., third at 55.48.

‘’I was really nervous and holding back on some of the jumps,’’ said Orzel, 21, in his third season at the senior level.

The ISU Challenger Series provides an opportunity for senior skaters to compete at an international level and earn world ranking points.

Competition ends Saturday at the Pierrefonds Sportplexe with the men’s free skate and the free dance.

Full results: https://results.skatecanada.ca/2021ACI/

Canada’s Wesley Chiu lands first international event quad, wins bronze medal at ISU Junior Grand Prix

KRASNOYARSK, Russia – Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., landed his first quad jump at an international event on route to a bronze medal in men’s competition on Friday at the fourth stop on the the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Gleb Lutfullin led Russia to a 1-2 finish with 230.42 points while Egor Rukhin was second at 223.29. The sixteen-year-old Chiu, fourth after Thursday’s short program, climbed one spot for the bronze with a personal best 217.59.

Skating to music by Muse, Chiu executed a clean long program which included landing a quad toe loop for his second medal on the circuit this season. He earned gold at the second stop in France.

‘’It’s another great milestone I’ve achieved,’’ said Chiu, about landing the quad ‘’I look forward to doing more in the future.  Today’s free was a fight for sure, but it was all worth it in the end.’’

In the women’ short program, Russian skaters grabbed the top four spots led by Sofia Akateva. Lia Pereira of Milton, Ont., in her Junior Grand Prix debut is ninth.

Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., are in the medal hunt in ice dancing standing fourth after the rhythm dance with a career international high 60.35 points. Russia stands 1-2 with Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano first at 66.52 and Sofia Leonteva and Daniil Gorelkin second at 63.70. Angela Ling and Caleb Wein of the U.S. are third at 60.35.

Emma Goodstadt of Oakville, Ont., and Michael Barsoum of North York, Ont. are ninth.

Canada has no entries in pairs.

Competition ends Saturday.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgprus2021/

Satisfying start for James and Radford at the Autumn Classic International

PIERREFONDS, Que. – The new Canadian pairs partnership of Vanessa James and Eric Radford made its international debut on Thursday and earned a satisfying second place in the short program at the Autumn Classic International figure skating competition, the second stop on the ISU Challenger Series.

This past April, two-time world champion and three-time Olympic medallist Eric Radford announced he was coming out of retirement to skate for Canada once again, but this time with new partner Vanessa James, a European champion and world championship medallist who formerly competed for France.

Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan are in first place after Thursday’s short with 72.32 points, James and Radford follow at 68.29 and Ashley Cain Gribble and Timothy Leduc of the USA are third at 59.58.

Skating to a song called First Time, the Canadians had one mishap when James fell on the side-by-side jump.

‘’When we get out there, we’re waiting to find how we feel exactly,’’ said Radford, 36, from Balmertown, Ont.

‘’We need a little bit more time to figure that out. I think by the end of the season with a bit more comfort we are really going to be able to be able to bring the joy of our skating which is where we connect.’’

James agreed that she and Radford are trying to work towards a point where their experience will be more obvious on the ice.

‘’For today we felt like we had a really great time and performed it,’’ said the 33-year-old born in Scarborough, Ont. ‘’In six months to put two programs together, learning and still mastering all of our elements, we are doing a really good job.’’

Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil, Que., also in their debut as a team, are fourth at 57.83 and Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Levis, Que., are seventh at 51.17.

‘’It went O.K.,’’ said Stellato-Dudek. ‘’We’ve been waiting a long time for this opportunity so a bit disappointed. Practice had been much, much better.’’

Matte and Ferland were fifth at this event in 2018.

‘’We know we can do better,’’ said Ferland. ‘’Some elements were good and we are working on consistency which has to improve much more.’’

The women’s short program was also held Thursday. Marilena Kitromilis of Cyprus is first followed by two South Koreans: Seoyeon Ji and Young You.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is the top Canadian in eighth, Emily Bausback of Vancouver is ninth and Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., 10th.

‘’I’m happy to be back competing internationally,’’ said Daleman, 23, a two-time Olympian. ‘’But from a skating perspective that was awful.’’

Bausback also wanted to do better.

‘’I’m a little bit disappointed with how I skated,’’ said Bausback, 19, the 2020 national senior champion. ‘’It wasn’t how I skated in training. But it was super awesome to compete again in front of a panel of judges and I had a great time.’’

The ISU Challenger Series provides an opportunity for senior skaters to compete at an international level and earn world ranking points.

Competition continues through to Saturday at the Sportplexe Pierrefonds.

Full results: https://results.skatecanada.ca/2021ACI/

International Competition Returns to Canada at Autumn Classic International in Pierrefonds, Quebec

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send 16 entries for a total of 24 skaters to Skate Canada’s Autumn Classic International (#ACI21) in Pierrefonds, Que., Skate Canada will have five entries in men, three entries in women, as well as four entries in both ice dance and pairs. The 2021 Autumn Classic International is the second event in the 2021/2022 ISU Challenger Series. The ISU Challenger Series provides an opportunity for senior skaters to compete at an international level and earn world ranking points. Please note that the men’s discipline will be a domestic event only. The 2021 Autumn Classic International will take place from September 16 to 18, 2021 at the Sportplexe Pierrefonds.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU CS 2021 AUTUMN CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL – PIERREFONDS, QUE.

DISICIPLINE NAME AGE HOMETOWN CLUB COACH
Men Nam Nguyen 23 Ajax, Ont. Richmond Hill Training Centre Robert Burk, Danielle Rose
Men Conrad Orzel 21 Woodbridge, Ont. Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club Brian Orser, Tracey Wilson
Men Beres Clements 20 Gibson, B.C. Champs International Skating Centre of British Columbia Joanne McLeod, Neil Wilson
Men Samuel Angers 28 Varennes, Que. CPA Varennes Guylaine Blouin
Men Bennet Toman 24 Brampton, Ont. Skate Oakville Michelle Leigh, Kathy Zahakos
Women Emily Bausback 19 Vancouver, B.C. Champs International Skating Centre of British Columbia Joanne McLeod, Neil Wilson
Women Gabrielle Daleman 23 Newmarket, Ont. Granite Club Lee Barkell
Women Alison Schumacher 18 Tecumseh, Ont. Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club Joey Russell, Tracy Wilson, Ghislain Briand
Pairs Vanessa James / Eric Radford 34/36 Scarborough, Ont. / Balmertown, Ont. EPJM / C.P.A Saint Leonard Julie Marcotte
Pairs Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud 20/25 London, Ont. / Trenton, Ont. Brantford SC / Trenton Skating Club Alison Purkiss
Pairs Lori-Ann Matte / Thierry Ferland 22/25 Levis, Que. / Levis, Que. CPA St. Romuald / St. Jean Levis Ian Connolly
Pairs Deanna Stellato-Dudek /
Maxime Deschamps
38/30 Vaudreuil, Que. / Vaudreuil, Que. CPAR Vaudreuil / CPAR Vaudreuil Ian Connolly
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 29/30 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Ice Dance Ellite, Scarboro FSC / Ice Dance Ellite, Scarboro FSC Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs, Jon Lane
Ice Dance Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha 19/19 Boucherville, Que./
Saint-Hubert, Que.
CPA Boucherville/
CPA Saint-Lambert
Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer
Ice Dance Carolane Soucisse / Shane Firus 26/27 Chateauguay, Que./
North Vancouver, B.C.
CPA Repentigny/
CPA Repentigny
Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs
Ice Dance Haley Sales / Nikolas Wamsteeker 24/25 Kelowna, B.C./
Langley, B.C.
Kelowna SC /
Champs International Skating Centre of British Columbia
Scott Moir
Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director and Josée Bourdon, Skate Canada Senior Manager, High Performance Coaching will be the Canadian team leaders at this event. Physiotherapist Josiane Roberge of Boucherville, Que., and Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., will be the Canadian medical staff on site. Jérôme Poulin of Montreal, Que., Reaghan Fortin of Auroa, Ont., Véronique Gosselin of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ron Conacher of Toronto, Ont., will be the team officials at the event.
 
For more information, please visit www.skatecanada.ca or www.isu.org.

Canada’s Junior Skaters travelling to Russia as Junior Grand Prix Continues

OTTAWA, ON: The next stop on the Junior Grand Prix circuit is Karsnoyarsk, Russia. Canada’s medal hunt continues at the fourth stop on the circuit. To date, Canada’s skaters have earned five medals: two gold, two silver and a bronze medal as they continue to vie for spots in the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. Skate Canada will have four entries, for a total of six skaters, competing at the event. There will be one entry in men, one entry in women and two entries in ice dance. This event is scheduled to take place from September 15 to 18, 2021.

Hot off his gold medal win at the Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France is Wesley Chiu, of Richmond, B.C.. Chiu is 16 years old and Canada’s only entry in the men’s discipline at this event. Chiu won silver in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Wesley is coached by Keegan Murphy and Eileen Murphy in Richmond, B.C. 

Lia Pereira, 17, Milton, Ont., is the only entry in women’s discipline for Canada. Pereira captured a bronze medal in junior women at Skate Canada Challenge in 2021. Lia also won silver in Novice Women at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Pereira is coached by Nancy Lemaire and Derek Schmidt. 

Nadiia Bashynska, 17, Ajax, Ont., and Peter Beaumont, 20, Ajax, Ont., are one of two teams representing Canada in ice dance. This team previously won a bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2019. They also took home a gold medal in junior at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International in 2019 and captured a silver medal in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys. 

Emma Goodstadt, 16, Oakville, Ont., and Michael Barsoum, 16, North York, Ont., are the second Canadian ice dance team at this event. Goodstadt and Barsoum won the gold medal in novice ice dance at the Bavarian Open in 2020. This team also won the silver medal at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in novice ice dance. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys.  

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director and Cynthia Ullmark, of Canmore, Alta., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Edward Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., and Physiotherapist Pat Stanziano of Oakville, Ont., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Andrew Bosco of Thorold, Ont., and Patty Klein of Montreal, Que., will be the team officials at the event.  

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.  

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #4 – KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA

Men
Wesley Chiu (16) / Richmond, B.C. / Connaught FSC Richmond / Coached by Keegan Murphy and Eileen Murphy 

Women
Lia Pereira (17) / Milton, Ont. / Milton SC / Coached by Nancy Lemaire and Derek Schmidt 

Ice Dance
Nadiia Bashynska (17) and Peter Beaumont (20) / Ajax, Ont. and Ajax, Ont. / Scarboro FSC and Scarboro FSC / Coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys 

Emma Goodstadt (16) and Michael Barsoum (16) / Oakville, Ont. and North York, Ont. / Scarboro FSC and Scarboro FSC / Coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys

Silver for Canadians Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen at Lombardia Trophy

BERGAMO, Italy – Montreal ice dancers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen held on to the silver medal position after Sunday’s free dance to conclude the Lombardia Trophy figure skating competition, the first stop on the ISU’s Challenger Series circuit.

The top-three remained unchanged after Saturday’s rhythm dance. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy took the gold at 205.35, the Canadians followed at 185.26 and Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin of Spain were third at 180.98.

‘’Not the best free dance today, there were some small mistakes,’’ said Sorensen, also a silver medallist here with Fournier-Beaudry in 2019. ‘’But it’s still early in the season and we are just going to build from here. The feedback we got from here are both programs are really good.’’

Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary, ninth at the world juniors in 2019, took 12th spot.

‘’It was really amazing to get back competing,’’ said Fabbri. ‘’It’s been two years since an international event. Things started feeling normal again with the competitors around and the judges. And, of course, having some fans gives a boost to the performance.’’

Full results: https://www.fisg.it/upload/result/5536/index.html

Canadians Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen stand second at Lombardia Trophy

BERGAMO, Italy – Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen of Montreal stand second after the rhythm dance at the Lombardia Trophy figure skating competition, the first stop on the ISU Challenger Series.

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy are first with 82.05 points, the Canadians follow at 76.64 and Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin of Spain are third at 72.65.

Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen were a career-high eighth at the word championships this past spring and won four medals in international competition in 2019 including a silver at the Lombardia Trophy.

Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary, ninth at the world juniors in 2019, are ninth at 64.77.

The free dance is on Sunday.

Full results: https://www.fisg.it/upload/result/5536/index.html

Canadian Ice Dancers to Kick off ISU Challenger Series at Lombardia Trophy

OTTAWA,ON: Two Canadian ice dance teams are headed to Bergamo, Italy to kick of the 2021-2022 ISU Challenger Series. The ISU Challenger Series will consist of nine events and provide opportunities for senior skaters to compete at an international level and earn world ranking points. The first event in this year’s series is the Lombardia Trophy. This event is scheduled to take place from September 10-12, 2021.  

Alicia Fabbri, 18, Terrebonne, Que. and Paul Ayer, 23, Calgary, Alta. are one of two ice dance teams representing Canada at this event. Fabbri and Ayer previously won silver in junior ice dance at the Bavarian Open in 2019. This team also won silver in junior ice dance at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer. 

Laurence Fournier Beaudry, 29, Montreal, Que. and Nikolaj Sørensen (32) Montreal, Que. are the second team representing Canada in ice dance at this event. They won silver at the Lombardia Trophy in 2019. They also brought home a gold medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy in 2019. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer, Josée Piché, Samuel Chouinard, Émilie Josset and Benjamin Brisebois. 

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director will be the Canadian team leader at this event.  

For more information, please visit www.isu.org 

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU CS LOMBARDIA TROPHY– BERGAMO, ITALY 

Ice Dance 
Alicia Fabbri (18) and Paul Ayer (23) / Terrebonne, Que. and Calgary, Alta. / CPA Terrebonne Inc and CPA Terrebonne Inc / Coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer. 

Laurence Fournier Beaudry (29) and Nikolaj Sørensen (32) / Montreal, Que. and Montreal, Que. / Town of Mount Royal FSC and Town of Mount Royal FSC / Coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer, Josée Piché, Samuel Chouinard, Émilie Josset and Benjamin Brisebois 

Gold Medal Win for Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell in Ice Dance

KOSICE, Slovakia: Another medal for Canada on the Junior Grand Prix Circuit. Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto, Ont. won the gold medal in Ice Dance this morning with a score of 163.04. D’Alessandro and Waddell were sitting in second place after their Rhythm Dance yesterday by only 0.36 of a point. With great teams in front and behind them, this team delivered a flawless skate and continued to accelerate throughout their program today. This is the couple’s first Junior Grand Prix Win.

D’Alessandro and Waddell shared with us, “Winning our first event is amazing. Even when the nerves did hit, which of course they did because we wouldn’t be human without them, we were able to trust our training, turning our nerves into good energy.”

Russia took home both the silver and bronze medal in ice dance. Winning the silver is Vasilisa Kaganovskaia and Valeriy Angelopol with a score of 160.72 and capturing the bronze medal is Sofya Tyutyunina and Alexander Shustitskiy with 155.98 points.

Finishing in eleventh is Chloe Nguyen of Edmonton, Atla., and Alec Roueche of Surrey, B.C., with a score of 117.02.

It was a sweep for Russia in the women’s competition as their skaters secured gold, silver and bronze. Taking the gold medal was Veronika Zhilina with 216.92 points. Winning the silver medal, Sofia Muravieva with a score of 208.25 and capturing the bronze medal was Adeliia Petrosian with 201.21 points.

Justine Miclette of Chambly, Que finished in fifteenth place with a score of 126.71.

It was a 1-2 finish for Russia in the men’s competition. Kirill Sarnovskiy won gold with a score of 215.96 and Ilya Yablokov captured the silver medal with a score of 207.39. The American William Annis secured the bronze medal with a score of 204.60.

Ranking fourth was Corey Circelli of Toronto, Ont. with a score of 191.13.

In pairs Russia’s Anastasia Mukhortova and Dmitry Evgenyev took home the gold medal with a score of 171.99. Capturing the silver medal was Karina Safina and Luka Berulava of Georgia with 168.26 and scoring the bronze medal was Polina Kostiukovich and Aleksei Briukhanov of Russia with 158.82 points.

Canada’s pair, Meghan Fredette, of Gatineau, Que., and William St-Louis of Shawinigan, Que., finished in sixth with a score of 131.36.

This concludes the event in Kosice, Slovakia and brings Canada’s current medal count on the Junior Grand Prix circuit to 5 medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.

The next ISU Junior Grand Prix will take place in Krasnoyarsk, Russia from September 15 to 18, 2021.

Full results: www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgpsvk2021/