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Canadian juniors win Grand Prix gold

BARCELONA – Julianne Séguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau Trois-Pistoles, Que., broke their Canadian record and won the gold medal in junior pairs on Friday at the ISU Grand Prix final figure skating competition.

Séguin and Bilodeau, only in their second season together, totalled a national junior mark 175.57 points to remain undefeated this season in three competitions. They finished ahead of four Russian pairs including Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin in second at 165.78.

‘’We’ve paid attention to the small details in our skating and that’s made a big difference,’’ said Séguin.  ‘’It’s a program that we’ve worked hard on and we can just let ourselves be carried by the music once we get on the ice.’’

In the senior short dance, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., posted a season’s best score for 71.34 for first spot.  Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. are second at 65.06 and their compatriots Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani third at 63.90.

‘’We nailed our levels and the performance aspects,’’ said Weaver.  ‘’Everything from our last competition (two weeks ago at the Grand Prix in Japan) improved.  We still left points on the table and have room to grow for the second half of the season.’’

Poje sees the Final as a mid-term exam.

‘’We are looking to get momentum going into the second half of the season by bettering our performances every time out,’’ said Poje.  ‘’We want to get everything solidified for the second half of the season and we achieved that with the short dance.’’

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto are fourth after a season’s best 62.49.

‘’This program just keeps getting better with every outing,’’ said Poirier.  ‘’It’s really nice for us at the last two competitions to not have any major mistakes.  We are really comfortable with it and we just need to polish it up some more.’’

In junior ice dancing, Mackenzie Bent of Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen of Oshawa, Ont.,took fourth while Madeline Edwards of Port Moody, B.C., and ZhaoKai Pang of Burnaby, B.C., were fifth. Anna Yanovskaya and Sergey Mozgov led a Russian medal sweep.

Bent and Uxbridge were just over three points from the podium.

‘’We felt really strong with every step we took and that was our goal,’’ said Bent.  ‘’There was nothing to lose for us and we wanted to fight for that medal.  It was a great experience for us.’’

In men’s junior competition, Shoma Uno led Japan to a 1-2 finish while Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., produced a clean free skate which received a rousing ovation from the crowd.  He climbed from sixth to fifth overall.

‘’I felt like I redeemed myself after a rough short progam,’’ said Sadovsky.  ‘’I think I learned that I need to relax more during my skate and take one element at a time and not let any mistakes affect me.  I started with a clean slate today.’’

Competition ends Saturday with the four free skates for seniors.

NOTE:Skate Canada Communications Director, Barb MacDonald, will be the media contact at the event.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/gpf1415/

Canada qualifies four entries for ISU Junior Grand Prix Final

OTTAWA, ON: Over the course of seven ISU Junior Grand Prix events in seven different counties Canada was able to capture nine medals (five gold, three silver, one bronze), to ultimately qualify four entries for the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain from December 11-14, 2014.

Overall 333 skaters/teams (105 men, 142 women, 22 pair teams, 64 ice dance teams) from 57 International Skating Union (ISU) member federations participated in the seven-event series. Only the top six in each category advance to the Final.

Canada will be well represented by Roman Sadovsky, 15, Vaughan, Ont., in men’s, Julianne Séguin, 17, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 21, Trois-Pistoles, Que., in pair and two entries in dance, Mackenzie Bent, 17, Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen, 20, Oshawa, Ont., and Madeline Edwards, 18, Port Moody, B.C., and ZhaoKai Pang, 19, Burnaby, B.C.

Roman Sadovsky, 15, Vaughan, Ont., kicked off his season with a gold medal win in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the third stop on the junior circuit. Sadovsky would go on to place fourth in Dresden, Germany, the sixth stop on the circuit. He is coached by Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski at the YSRA Winter Club.

In pair Julianne Séguin, 17, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 21, Trois-Pistoles, Que., captured gold at both of their assignments (Ostrava and Dresden) and go into the Final as the top ranked pair team. Representing CPA Longueuil and CPA Chambly they are coached by Josée Picard and Marc-André Craig.

Ice dancers Mackenzie Bent, 17, Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen, 20, Oshawa, Ont., will enter the Final as the second ranked ice dance team. Bent and MacKeen won gold at stop number three in Ostrava, Czech Republic and silver at event number five in Tallinn, Estonia. They train at Scarboro Ice Dance Elite with coaches Juris Razgulajevs and Carol Lane.

Madeline Edwards, 18, Port Moody, B.C., and ZhaoKai Pang, 19, Burnaby, B.C., are the second entry in ice dance for Canada. Their season began at the first ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Courchevel, France with a silver medal performance. Edwards and Pang would go on to improve on that result, winning gold in Aichi, Japan the fourth stop on the circuit.  The representatives of Burnaby FSC are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the Champs International Skating Centre.



Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Roman Sadovsky 15 Vaughan, Ont. YRSA Winter Club Tracey Wainman / Gregor Filipowski
Pair Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau 17/21 Longueuil, Que. / Trois-Pistoles, Que. CPA Longueuil / CPA Chambly Josée Picard / Marc-André Craig
Ice dance Mackenzie Bent / Garrett MacKeen 17/20 Uxbridge, Ont. / Oshawa, Ont. Uxbridge SC / Bowmanville FSC Juris Razgulajevs / Carol Lane
Ice dance Madeline Edwards / ZhaoKai Pang 18/19 Port Moody, B.C. / Burnaby, B.C. Inlet SC / Inlet SC Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe