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Canadians Séguin and Bilodeau win gold at Skate America

CHICAGO – Canadians Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau won the gold medal in pairs on Saturday at Skate American, the first stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Séguin and Bilodeau were the first skaters in the final flight and saw their score of 197.31 go unbeaten by the following three couples. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier of the U.S. were second at 192.65 and Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia third at 185.94.

‘’Our long program was really good,’’ said Séguin, of Longueuil, Que. ‘’It was at the level that we wanted. We delivered a strong performance and we were confident throughout the program. We are proud of ourselves.’’

‘’We showed we could put behind the errors we made in the short program,’’ added Bilodeau from Trois-Pistoles, Que. ‘’We just looked forward to the next program and making sure all the elements were there. We are super happy.’’

In women’s competition, Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was just edged for the bronze medal finishing fourth at 186.63. Americans were 1-2 with Ashley Wagner earning the gold at 196.44 and Mariah Bell the silver at 191.59. Mai Mihara of Japan was third at 189.28.

Daleman landed a triple-toe, triple-toe combination to open her free program and produced a strong finish landing several jumps. Her only mishap was a fall on a triple Lutz.

“I’m very happy with how it went,” said Daleman. “I never gave up on the program and it was a great experience. I’m going to take away what I learned today, go home, work really hard only and comeback stronger in my next event in two weeks.”

In men’s competition, Shoma Uno of Japan is first after the short program with 89.15 points. Adam Rippon of the U.S. follows at 87.32 and his compatriot Jason Brown is third at 85.75. Nam Nguyen of Toronto produced a clean program, which included a quad Salchow-triple to combo and a triple Axel, followed in fourth with a personal best 79.62.

“I felt pretty good out there,” said Nguyen, fifth earlier this season at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. “I was relaxed and I just wanted to be comfortable to relax in front of the audience and that’s exactly what I did.”

Nice Cup
In Nice, France at the Nice Cup, Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of Barrie, Ont., finished seventh in ice dancing. Canada’s other entry Eri Nishimura of Toronto is in 22nd place after the women’s short program.

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Canadian skaters begin 2016 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating at Skate America

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send three entries, for a total of four skaters to Skate America, the first event on this season’s ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Canada will have one entry per category in men’s, ladies, and pair. The competition, which is the first of six ISU Grand Prix stops, will take place from October 21-23, 2016, at the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, IL, USA.

Nam Nguyen, 18, Toronto, Ont., is the Canadian entry in men’s. He previously won bronze at this event in 2014. Last season, Nguyen placed fifth at Skate Canada International, seventh at the Rostelecom Cup, 27th at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and fourth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. This season, he placed fifth at the 2016 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. He is coached by David Glynn in San Jose, CA, USA.

Gabrielle Daleman, 18, Newmarket, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in ladies and will be competing at this event for the first time. Last season, she placed fifth at Skate Canada International, sixth at Trophée Éric Bompard, ninth at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and won silver at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Daleman won bronze at her first competition this season, the Nebelhorn Trophy. She is coached by Lee Barkell and Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.

Julianne Séguin, 19, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 23, Trois-Pistoles, Que., will be the Canadian pair entry at the event. Last year, they won the bronze medal at this event. Séguin and Bilodeau also won bronze at Trophée Éric Bompard, placed fourth at the ISU Grand Prix Final and won the silver medal at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships last season. This season, they won gold at their first event, the 2016 Autumn Classic International. Séguin and Bilodeau are coached by Josée Picard in Chambly, Que.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, will be the Canadian team leader and physiotherapist Scott Fraser of Kingston, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. André-Marc Allain of Gatineau, Que., and Cynthia Benson of Quispamsis, N.B., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

For results and full entries please visit www.isu.org .


Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Nam Nguyen 18 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club David Glynn
Ladies Gabrielle Daleman 18 Newmarket, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell / Brian Orser
Pair Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau 19/23 Longueuil, Que. / Trois-Pistoles, Que. CPA Longueuil / CPA Chambly Josée Picard