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Canadian ice dancers take bronze at ISU Junior Grand Prix

BOLZANO, Italy – Ice dancers Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio of Laval, Que., reached new heights on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit on Friday winning the bronze medal.

Russian couples were 1-2 with Arina Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov  first with 149.01 points and Sofia Polischuk and Alexander Vakhnov second at 146.78.

Fabbri and Pietrantonio followed at 136.01 for their best career result on the circuit in four appearances. They were just ahead of Ellie Fisher of Lower Coverdale, N.B., and Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette of Laval in fourth at 133.38.

‘’We gave everything we got,’’ said Fabbri. ‘’We are so pleased to get our first medal. After our first Grand Prix this year we really worked on the areas that we needed to improve.’’

After struggling earlier in the week in practice, Pietrantonio said the skating improved.

“We just got better everyday and when the competition started we were ready,’’ he said. ‘’Third place never felt like a win before. We’re proud of this one.’’

Fisher and Malette-Paquette improved their overall score by 11 points and gained a spot in the standings on their performance earlier this season in Croatia.

“We trained hard and saw the improvement,’’ said Fisher. ‘’We were more confident and skated a lot better element-wise.’’

Being close to a medal heading into the free dance didn’t change their approach.

‘’We kept our game plan,’’ said Malette-Paquette. ‘’We wanted to be aggressive and perform like we know we can.’’

Meanwhile Alison Shumacher of Toronto is eight after the women’s short program and Eric Liu of Edmonton is 13th after the men’s short.

The men’s and women’s free skates are Saturday.

Full results: ISU JGP Egna/Neumarkt 2017

Top-12 finishes for Canada at Junior Grand Prix

BOLZANO, Italy – Alison Schumacher of Toronto and Eric Liu of Edmonton both improved on earlier results this season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit on Saturday.

Russians were 1-2 in women’s competition. Sofia Samodurova was fist, Alena Kostornaia second while Rika Kihira of Japan was third.

Schumacher was eighth improving on her ninth place earlier this season at the Grand Prix stop in Latvia.

In men’s competition, Matteo Rizzo of Italy won the gold with Vladimir Samoilov of Russia second and Tomoki Hiwatashi of the U.S. third.

Liu climbed a spot to 12th place for his best career result on the circuit in three appearances.

The top skaters from this season’s seven-stops on the Junior Grand Prix will compete at the Grand Prix Final in December.

Full results: ISU JGP Egna/Neumarkt 2017

Canadian juniors headed to Italy for final stop of 2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send four entries, for a total of six skaters to Neumarkt (Egna), Italy, for the final event of the 2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada will send one entry per discipline in men and ladies, and two entries in ice dance to the competition taking place from October 11-14, 2017.

Eric Liu, 16, Edmonton, Alta., will represent Canada in the men’s category. Liu started this season by winning the gold medal in the junior men’s category at the 2017 Autumn Classic International. He is coached by Ravi Walia in Edmonton, Alta.

Canadian junior bronze medallist Alison Schumacher, 14, Toronto, Ont., is the sole Canadian entry in ladies. Earlier this season in her first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment, she placed ninth in Latvia. Schumacher is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.

Alicia Fabbri, 14, Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio, 20, Laval, Que., are one of two Canadian entries in ice dance. The duo placed fifth at their first ISU Junior Grand Prix of the season, in Latvia. Fabbri and Pietrantonio are coached by Julien Lalonde, Mylène Girard and Lynn McKay and train in St. Hubert, Que.

Ellie Fisher, 16, Lower Coverdale, N.B., and Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette, 19, Laval, Que., will be the second Canadian ice dance entry at the event. They placed fifth at their first international assignment earlier this season, the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Croatia. Fisher and Malette-Paquette are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Que.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, and Nathalie Martin of Montreal, Que., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Siobhan Karam of Ottawa, Ont. will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Pam Chislett of Grand Prairie, Alta., and Laura Carr of Kelowna, B.C., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

The ISU will be live streaming the competition via the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel. For results, full entries and more information please visit www.isu.org.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #7 – EGNA/NEUMARKT, ITALY

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Eric Liu 16 Edmonton, Alta. Ice Palace FSC Ravi Walia
Ladies Alison Schumacher 14 Toronto, Ont. Riverside SC Lee Barkell
Ice Dance Alicia Fabbri / Claudio Pietrantonio 14/20 Terrebonne, Que. / Laval, Que. CPA Terrebonne / CPA Laval Julien Lalonde / Mylène Girard / Lynn McKay
Ice Dance Ellie Fisher / Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette 16/19 Lower Coverdale, N.B. / Laval, Que. CPA Lorraine / CPA Lorraine Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon

Canadians in Poland for sixth stop on 2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have seven entries, for a total of twelve skaters at the sixth stop on the 2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, in Gdansk, Poland. The event takes place from October 4-7, 2017, and will feature one Canadian entry per discipline in men and ladies, three entries in pairs and two entries in ice dance.

Canadian junior silver medallist Conrad Orzel, 17, Woodbridge, Ont., will be the sole Canadian men entry. Orzel placed seventh at his first ISU Junior Grand Prix this season, in Austria. He is coached by Eva Najarro and trains in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Canadian junior champion Aurora Cotop, 15, Toronto, Ont., will represent Canada in ladies. This season, she placed seventh at the first ISU Junior Grand Prix, which took place in Australia. Cotop is coached by Jonathan Mills and Myke Gillman in Thornhill, Ont.

Canadian junior silver medallists Lori-Anne Matte, 18, Lévis, Que., and Thierry Ferland, 20, Lévis, Que., are the first of three Canadian pairs entries at the event. Matte and Ferland placed eighth earlier this season at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Belarus. They are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in St. Leonard, Que.

Canadian novice champions Chloé Panetta, 14, Laval, Que., and Steven Lapointe, 20, Acton Vale, Que., are the second Canadian pairs entry at the event. This season, they placed sixth at their first ISU Junior Grand Prix, in Belarus. Panetta and Lapointe are also coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in St. Leonard, Que.

Gabrielle Levesque, 14, Bridgewater, N.S., and Pier-Alexandre Hudon, 19, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Que., will be the third Canadian pair entry. This will be the first international assignment for the pair who teamed up less than a year ago. Levesque and Hudon are coached by Charleen Cameron in Upper Tantallon, N.S.

Olivia Han, 15, Waterloo, Ont., and Grayson Lochhead, 17, Sweaburg, Ont., will be one of two Canadian entries in ice dance. Last season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, Han and Lochhead placed eighth in Japan. They are coached by Carol Lane, Jon Lane and Juris Razguliaevs in Scarborough, Ont.

Olivia McIsaac, 15, Burlington, Ont., and Elliott Graham, 19, Angus, Ont., are the second Canadian ice dance entry at the event. This will be their first international assignment since teaming up less than a year ago. McIsaac and Graham are coached by David Islam in Barrie, Ont.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, and Greg Folk of Calgary, Alta., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Ghislaine Robert of Montreal, Que., and physiotherapist Paige Larson of North Vancouver B.C., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Lorna Schroder of Georgetown, Ont., and Erica Topolski of Fredericton, N.B., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

The ISU will be live streaming the competition via the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel. For results and full entries please visit www.isu.org.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #6 – GDANSK, POLAND

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Conrad Orzel 17 Woodbridge, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Eva Najarro
Ladies Aurora Cotop 15 Toronto, Ont. Thornhill FSC Jonathan Mills / Myke Gillman
Pairs Lori-Anne Matte / Thierry Ferland 18/20 Lévis, Que. / Lévis, Que. CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean / CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte
Pairs Chloé Panetta / Steven Lapointe 14/20 Laval, Que. / Acton Vale, Que. CPA Les Lames d’Argent de Laval Inc. / CPA Les Étincelles d’Acton Vale Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte
Pairs Gabrielle Levesque / Pier-Alexandre Hudon 14/19 Bridgewater, N.S. / Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Que. St. Margaret’s Bay SC / CPA La Pocatière Inc. Charleen Cameron
Ice Dance Olivia Han / Grayson Lochhead 15/17 Waterloo, Ont. / Sweaburg, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Woodstock SC Carol Lane / Jon Lane / Juris Razguliaevs
Ice Dance Olivia McIsaac / Elliott Graham 15/19 Burlington, Ont. / Angus, Ont. Burlington Skating Centre / Barrie SC David Islam

Lajoie and Lagha triumph at ISU Junior Grand Prix

ZAGREB, Croatia – Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield Park, Que., staved off two Russian couples to win the gold medal Saturday in ice dancing at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.

The Canadians bettered their score from their sixth place finish at the world juniors last year with 150.30 points. Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko of Russia were second at 145.05 and their compatriots Ksenia Konkina and Grigory Yakushev were third at 143.77.

‘’We just had a super experience overall this week,’’ said Lajoie. ‘’Everything from the practices to the performances went very well.’’

It was a first victory and third medal in five junior Grand Prix career appearances for Lajoie and Lagha. They won silver at the season opening event in Australia and are now qualified for the Grand Prix Final in December.

‘’Our plan here was just to skate for ourselves and not focus on the results,’’ added Lagha. ‘’We went out there to have fun and that’s what worked. For the lead up to the Final our focus will be on the technical aspects and bringing the program to another level.’’

Ellie Fisher of Lower Coverdale, N.B., and Simon-Pierre Mallette-Paque of Laval, Que., moved from sixth after the short dance to fifth.

‘’It’s a satisfying result but not exactly what we wanted,’’ said Mallette-Paque. ‘’We will continue to build on that.’’

It was a first international experience for the couple.

‘Representing Canada was pretty cool,’’ said Fisher.

It was Canada’s second medal of the competition. On Friday Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., took the silver in men’s competition.

Full results: ISU JGP Croatia Cup 2017

Canada’s Joseph Phan wins silver at ISU Junior Grand Prix

ZAGREB, Croatia – Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., won the silver medal Friday in men’s competition at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Alexei Krasnozhon of the U.S. was the victor with 225.48 points followed by Phan at 221.07 and Makar Ignatov of Russia third at 219.22.

‘’I’m super happy about the performance,’’ said Phan, 16, fourth at the season opening Junior Grand Prix in Australia. ‘’I stayed focused throughout my long and thought about one thing at a time.’’

In pairs, Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Strathroy, Ont., soared from seventh after the short program to fourth overall with 150.32 points.

Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin of Russia took the gold with 165.48, Yumeng Gao and Zhong Xie of China were second at 164.96 and Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kovlovskii of Russia third at 163.21.

‘’The short program didn’t go as planned but we knew we had a strong long,’’ said Walsh, 16. “We just got to keep working on the connections and making sure the audience and judges are feeling the same way about it.’’

‘’We just took our time in the long and tried to do it like we do at home,’’ added Michaud, 21. ‘’We love this program and we just want to showcase it to everybody.’’

Olivia Boys-Eddy and Mackenzie Boys-Eddy of Brampton, Ont., were 10th and Chloe Choinard of Frankford, Ont., and Mathieu Ostiguy of Granby, Que., were 12th.

In ice dancing after the short dance, Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield Park, Que., are in first place with 62.89. Ksenia Konkina and Grigory Yakushev of Russia stand second at 60.16 and their compatriots Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko are third at 59.97.

Ellie Fisher of Lower Coverdale, N.B., and Simon-Pierre Mallette-Paque of Laval, Que., are sixth.

Full results: ISU JGP Croatia Cup 2017

Canadian junior skaters prepared for fifth event of ISU Junior Grand Prix

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have seven entries, for a total of 12 skaters at the fifth event of the 2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada will have one entry per discipline in ladies and men, three entries in pairs and two entries in ice dance at the competition taking place from September 27-30, 2017.

Joseph Phan, 16, Laval, Que., will represent Canada in men’s. Phan placed fourth at his first ISU Junior Grand Prix this season, in Australia. He is coached by Yvan Desjadrins in Rosemère, Que.

Canadian junior silver medallist Emily Bausback, 15, Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian entry in ladies. Last season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, she placed 10th in Japan and 13th in Estonia. Bausback is coached by Joanne McLeod at the Champs International Skating Centre.

Canadian junior champions Evelyn Walsh, 16, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 21, Strathroy, Ont., are one of three Canadian junior pairs competing at this event. This season, they won the bronze medal in Latvia at their first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment. Walsh and Michaud are coached by Alison Purkiss and Margaret Purdy, and train in London, Ont.

Chloe Choinard, 15, Brossard, Que., and Mathieu Ostiguy, 20, Granby, Que., will also represent Canada in pairs. Earlier this season they placed seventh at their first ISU Junior Grand Prix, which took place in Latvia. Choinard and Ostiguy are coached by Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum and Cynthia Lemaire in Saint-Léonard, Que.

Canadian junior bronze medallists Olivia Boys-Eddy, 14, Brampton, Ont., and Mackenzie Boys-Eddy, 19, Brampton, Ont., round out the Canadian pairs entries at the event. This will be their first international assignment. They are coached by Ashley Greenhalgh in Brampton, Ont.

Canadian junior champions Marjorie Lajoie, 16, Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha, 18, Greenfield Park, Que., are the first of two Canadian ice dance entries. Lajoie and Lagha won the silver medal at their first ISU Junior Grand Prix of the season, in Australia. They train in Montreal, Que., with coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer and Pascal Denis.

Ellie Fisher, 16, Lower Coverdale, N.B., and Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette, 19, Laval, Que., will be the second Canadian ice dance entry at the event. This will be their first international assignment. Fisher and Malette-Paquette are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Que.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, and Cynthia Ullmark of Canmore, Alta., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., and physiotherapist Scott Fraser of Kingston, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Véronique Gosselin of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

The ISU will be live streaming the competition via the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel. For results and full entries please visit www.isu.org.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JUNIOR GRAND PRIX #5 – ZAGREB, CROATIA

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Joseph Phan 16 Laval, Que. CPA Laval Yvan Desjardins
Ladies Emily Bausback 15 Vancouver, B.C. Champs International Skating Centre Joanne McLeod
Pairs Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud 16/21 London, Ont. / Strathroy, Ont. London SC / Prince Edward SC Alison Purkiss / Margaret Purdy
Pairs Chloe Choinard / Mathieu Ostiguy 15/20 Frankford, Ont. / Granby, Que. CPA St. Léonard/ CPA Saint-Césaire Bruno Marcotte / Richard Gauthier / Sylvie Fullum / Cynthia Lemaire
Pairs Olivia Boys-Eddy / Mackenzie Boys-Eddy 14/19 Brampton, Ont. / Brampton, Ont. Skate Canada Brampton-Chinguacousy / Skate Canada Brampton-Chinguacousy Ashley Greenhalgh
Ice Dance Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha 16/18 Boucherville, Que. / Greenfield Park, Que. CPA De Boucherville / CPA St. Lambert Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon / Romain Haguenauer / Pascal Denis
Ice Dance Ellie Fisher / Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette 16/19 Lower Coverdale, N.B. / Laval, Que. CPA Lorraine / CPA Lorraine Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon

ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit resumes as Team Canada heads to Belarus

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have four entries, for a total of eight skaters at the fourth ISU Junior Grand Prix of the season, taking place in Minsk, Belarus. Canada will have two entries per discipline in pairs and ice dance at the event which takes place from September 20-23, 2017.

Canadian junior silver medallists Lori-Anne Matte, 17, Lévis, Que., and Thierry Ferland, 19, Lévis, Que., are the first Canadian pairs entry at the event. Last season, they placed sixth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic and fourth in Russia. Matte and Ferland also won the silver medal in the junior competition at the Bavarian Open, and placed ninth at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. They are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in St.-Leonard, Que.

Canadian novice champions Chloé Panetta, 14, Laval, Que., and Steven Lapointe, 20, Acton Vale, Que., are the second Canadian pairs entry at the event. This will be their first international assignment. Panetta and Lapointe are also coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in St.-Leonard, Que.

Canadian junior silver medallists Ashlynne Stairs, 17, Calgary, Alta. and Lee Royer, 19, St. Albert, Alta., are the first of two Canadian ice dance entries at the event. Last season, they finished seventh and fifth respectively at their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments in France and Slovenia, won the bronze medal in junior at the 2017 Bavarian Open and placed 14th at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. This season, they placed fifth at their first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment in Austria. Stairs and Royer are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, B.C.

Nina Mizuki, 16, Burnaby, B.C., and Veniamins Volskis, 16, Burnaby, B.C., are the second Canadian entry in ice dance. This will be their first international assignment. Last season, they placed fifth in the novice category at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Mizuki and Volskis are also coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, B.C.

Scott Rachuk of Strathroy, Ont., and Bev Viger of Abbotsford, B.C., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., and physiotherapist Meghan Buttle of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Andrew Bosco of Thorold, Ont., and Patty Klein of Mt. Royal, Que., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

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

The ISU will be live streaming the competition via the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #4 – MINSK, BELARUS

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Pairs Lori-Anne Matte / Thierry Ferland 17/19 Lévis, Que. / Lévis, Que., CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean / CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte
Pairs Chloé Panetta / Steven Lapointe 14/20 Laval, Que. / Acton Vale, Que., CPA Les Lames D’Argent De Laval Inc. / CPA Les Étincelles D’Acton Vale Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte
Ice Dance Ashlynne Stairs / Lee Royer 17/19 Calgary, Alta. / Ft. St. Albert, Alta. Champs International SC / Champs International SC Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe
Ice Dance Nina Mizuki / Veniamins Volskis 16/16 Burnaby, B.C. / Burnaby, B.C. Champs International SC / Champs International SC Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe

Canadian ice dancers crack top-five at ISU Junior Grand Prix

RIGA, Latvia – Ice dancers Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio of Laval, Que., placed fifth Saturday at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.

Russians were 1-2. Sofia Schevchenko and Igor Eremenko took the gold with 140.91 points and Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov won silver with 139.83. Caroline Green and Gordon Green of the U.S. were third at 124.58.

Fabbri and Pietrantonio, in their third career Junior Grand Prix, were fourth after the short program. They produced the sixth best free skate performed to Moulin Rouge soundtrack selections to wind up fifth at 119.67.

Valerie Taillefer of Montreal and Jason Chan of St. Laurent, Que., climbed from ninth to eighth with the seventh best free dance.

In men’s competition, Corey Circelli of Vaughan, Ont., tumbled to 14th spot after placing seventh in the short. Mitsuki  Sumoto of Japan was the winner.

On Friday, Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Strathroy, Ont., won the bronze medal in pairs.

The fourth stop is in two weeks in Belarus.

Full results: ISU JGP Riga Cup 2017.

Canadians come back to win bronze in pairs at ISU Junior Grand Prix

RIGA, Latvia – Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Strathroy, Ont., posted the best score in the free skate to win the bronze medal in pairs Friday at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of figure skating circuit.

It was a 1-2 Russian finish with Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov first with 157.51 points and Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii second at 153.93.

Walsh and Michaud, the Canadian junior champions, followed with a personal best 153.73 climbing from fifth place after the short program on Thursday. They earned 103.58 points in their free skate.

“It’s our best-ever international result and we look forward to building on it,” said Michaud. “To win the long program is pretty cool.”

Chloe Choinard of Brossard, Que., and Mathieu Ostiguy of Granby, Que., moved from ninth to seventh.

In women’s competition, Russia’s Daria Panenkova took the gold medal with Rika Kihira of Japan second and Emmy Ma of the U.S. third.

Alison Schumacher of Toronto was ninth.

Canada is also in medal contention in ice dance. Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio of Laval, Que., are fourth after the short dance and just over two points from a podium spot.

Valerie Taillefer of Montreal, Que., and Jason Chan of St. Laurent, Que., are ninth.

In men’s competition, Corey Circelli of Vaughan, Ont., sits in seventh after the short program.

The men’s free skate and the free dance are on Saturday.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/jgplat2017/index.htm.

ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit continues as Canadians head to Latvia

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have six entries, for a total of ten skaters at the third ISU Junior Grand Prix of the season, taking place in Riga, Latvia. Canada will have one entry per discipline in men and ladies, and two entries per discipline in pairs and ice dance. The event takes place from September 6-9, 2017.

Canadian novice champion Corey Circelli, 14, Vaughan, Ont., will be the Canadian men’s entry at the event. This will be his first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment. Last season, he placed fourth at the 2017 Bavarian Open. Circelli is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian junior bronze medallist Alison Schumacher, 14, Toronto, Ont., is the sole Canadian entry in ladies. This will be her first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment. Schumacher is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian junior champions Evelyn Walsh, 16, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 21, Strathroy, Ont., are one of two Canadian junior pairs competing at this event. Last season, they placed 11th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Estonia and fifth in Germany. They also won the junior level at the 2017 Bavarian Open, and placed fifth at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Walsh and Michaud are coached by Alison Purkiss and Margaret Purdy, and train in London, Ont.

Chloe Choinard, 15, Brossard, Que., and Mathieu Ostiguy, 20, Granby, Que., are the second Canadian pairs entry. This will be the first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment for the team who paired up earlier this year. Choinard and Ostiguy are coached by Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum and Cynthia Lemaire in Saint-Léonard, Que.

Alicia Fabbri, 14, Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio, 20, Laval, Que., are one of two Canadian entries in ice dance. Last season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit they placed fourth in Russia and sixth in Germany. They also placed fifth in the junior category at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Fabbri and Pietrantonio are coached by Julien Lalonde, Mylène Girard and Lynn McKay and train in St. Hubert, Que.

Valerie Taillefer, 18, Montreal, Que., and Jason Chan, 21, Saint-Laurent, Que., will also represent Canada in ice dance. Last season, they placed fourth in the junior category at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Taillefer and Chan are coached by Élise Hamel and Shawn Winter in Montreal, Que.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, and Cynthia Ullmark of Canmore, Alta., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., and physiotherapist Pat Stanziano of Oakville, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Glenn Fortin of Aurora, Ont., and Sabrina Wong of Toronto, Ont., are the Canadian officials at the event.

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

The ISU will be live streaming the competition via the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #3 – RIGA, LATVIA

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Corey Circelli 14 Vaughan, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell
Ladies Alison Schumacher 14 Toronto, Ont. Riverside SC Lee Barkell
Pairs Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud 16/21 London, Ont. / Strathroy, Ont. London SC / Prince Edward SC Alison Purkiss / Margaret Purdy
Pairs Chloe Choinard / Mathieu Ostiguy 15/20 Frankford, Ont. / Granby, Que. CPA St. Léonard / CPA Saint-Césaire Bruno Marcotte / Richard Gauthier / Sylvie Fullum / Cynthia Lemaire
Ice Dance Alicia Fabbri / Claudio Pietrantonio 14/20 Terrebonne, Que. / Laval, Que. CPA Terrebonne / CPA Laval Julien Lalonde / Mylène Girard/ Lynn McKay
Ice Dance Valerie Taillefer / Jason Chan 18/21 Montreal, Que. / Saint-Laurent, Que. Club de Patinage des Deux-Rives / Saint Laurent FSC Élise Hamel / Shawn Winter

Canada’s Conrad Orzel seventh at ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit

SALZBURG, Austria – Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., placed seventh in men’s competition on Saturday to conclude the second stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Camden Pulkinen of the U.S. won the gold with 203.80 points, Luc Economides of France took silver at 190.59 and Egor Murashov of Russia was third at 186.76.

Orzel, sixth after the short program, dropped one spot totalling 172.74.

On Friday, Ashlynne Stairs of Calgary and Lee Royer of St. Albert, Alta., and Irina Galiyanova of Ajax, Ont., and Tommy Tang of Toronto were fifth and ninth in ice dancing.

The third stop on the circuit is this Friday and Saturday in Riga, Latvia.

Full results: ISU JGP Cup of Austria 2017