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Canadians win four more medals at Bavarian Open

OBERTSDORF, Germany – Canada finished 1-2 in junior pairs competition to cap a four-medal performance on Sunday at the Bavarian Open figure skating competition.

Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Strathroy, Ont., took the junior pairs gold with 155.20 points. They edged Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Levis, Que., silver medallists with 151.85. Alexandria Yao and Austin Hale of the U.S. were third at 139.80.

In ice dancing, Ekaterina Kuznetsova and Dmitri Parkhomenko of Russia narrowly won gold with 141.22. Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield Park, Que., were a mere 0.02 points back for silver at 141.20 while Ashlynne Stairs of Calgary and Lee Royer of St.Albert, Alta., third at 136.20.

Canada earned 11 medals at the event.

On Saturday, Nicolas Nadeau of Boisbriand, Que., Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., and Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., finished 1-2-3 in junior men’s competition while Sarah Tamura of Burnaby, B.C., won the women’s junior II event. Stephen Gogolev of Toronto took gold in men’s novice.

The competition featured Canada’s team for the world junior championships next month.

Full results: Bavarian Open 2017

Canadian skaters sweep men’s medals at Bavarian Open

OBERTSDORF, Germany –Nicolas Nadeau of Boisbriand, Que., led a Canadian medal sweep in junior men’s competition Saturday at the Bavarian Open figure skating competition.

Nadeau was first in both the short and long programs for 213.58 points. Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., was second at 197.45 and Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., third at 197.28.

Next month, Nadeau is hoping to climb a step at the world junior championships after earning silver last season. The Canadian world junior team is using this event as a tune-up.

‘’It was an OK performance, not my best,’’ said Nadeau. ‘’There were a bit too many errors overall. Still it’s a preparation for the world juniors so I accomplished my goals for this point. I’m working on improving my quad toe in the long and I’ll probably not make changes to my short program.’’

Orzel landed a quad and two triple Axels.

‘’I kept focused at the beginning of my program and did all the hard elements,’’ he said. ‘’It was great to accomplish the big jumps in an international setting. I’m really comfortable now with my programs and I just want to boost some elements for the world juniors and get more points.’’

The 15-year-old Phan is the first sub for the world junior squad. He is keeping sharp with third men’s member Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., currently injured.

‘’I was really happy about landing my quad toe in the long,’’ said Phan. ‘’It hadn’t been going well at all in practice so I was pretty stressed about it. To get it in the competition was a big moment. Right now I’m on standby for the world juniors but I’m preparing like I would be going.’’

Canadian 12-year-old lands quad and two triple Axels
In novice competition, 12-year-old Stephen Gogolev of Toronto landed two triple Axels and a quad toe Salchow to win the gold in the men’s event with 140.52 points. Corey Circelli of Vaughan, Ont., missed the podium by just over five points for fourth.

‘’I just wanted to do well in the programs,’’ said Gogolev at his second career international event. ‘’The first half of the long stood out for me. Both triple Axels were really good and it was the second time I ever landed a quad Salchow. It had been pretty consistent all week in practice so it felt great when I landed it.’’

Catherine Carle of Georgetown, Ont., was fourth in the women’s event as were ice dancers Natalie d’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto.

Competition ends Sunday.

Full results: Bavarian Open 2017

Large Canadian contingent in Germany for Bavarian Open

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have 13 entries, for a total of 18 skaters at the 2017 Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf, Germany, an international event featuring competition at the novice, junior and senior level. At the junior level, Canada will have three entries in men and two entries per discipline in ladies, pairs and ice dance. At the novice level, Canada will have two entries in men, and one entry per discipline in ladies and ice dance. The event runs from February 14-19, 2017.

World junior silver medallist Nicolas Nadeau, 19, Boisbriand, Que., is the first of three Canadian junior men. This season, he placed 11th at the Golden Spin of Zagreb and fourth at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Nadeau trains in Rosemère, Que., and is coached by Yvan Desjardins.

Joseph Phan, 15, Laval, Que., will also represent Canada in junior men. This season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, he placed sixth at the event in the Czech Republic and fifth at the event in Slovenia. Phan also placed 11th in the senior category at the Canadian championships. He is coached by Yvan Desjadrins in in Rosemère, Que.

Canadian junior silver medallist Conrad Orzel, 16, Woodbridge, Ont., will round out the Canadian junior men entries. This season, Orzel placed 10th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in France and Germany. He is coached by Eva Najarro and trains in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Sarah Tamura, 16, Burnaby, B.C., is the first of two Canadian junior ladies. Tamura placed eighth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Slovenia and sixth in Germany this season. She also placed fifth at the 2017 Canadian championships. Tamura is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.

Canadian junior champion Aurora Cotop, 14, Toronto, Ont., will also represent Canada in junior ladies. Earlier this season she won the junior category at the 2016 Autumn Classic International. Cotop is coached by Jonathan Mills and Myke Gillman in Thornhill, Ont.

Canadian junior champions Evelyn Walsh, 15, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 20, Strathroy, Ont., are one of two Canadian junior pairs competing at this event. Earlier this season, the pair competed at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Estonia and placed 11th, and in Germany, where they placed fifth. Walsh and Michaud are coached by Alison Purkiss and Margaret Purdy, and train in London, Ont.

Canadian junior silver medallists Lori-Anne Matte, 17, Lévis, Que., and Thierry Ferland, 19, Lévis, Que., are the other Canadian junior pair entry at the event. Earlier this season, they placed sixth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic and fourth in Russia. Matte and Ferland are coached by Martine Simard in Lévis, Que.

Canadian junior champions Marjorie Lajoie, 16, Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha, 17, Greenfield Park, Que., are the first of two Canadian ice dance entries. This season, they finished fourth at both of their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments: Japan and Germany. They train in Montreal, Que., with coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer and Pascal Denis.

Canadian junior silver medallists Ashlynne Stairs, 16, Calgary, Alta. and Lee Royer, 18, St. Albert, Alta., will also be representing Canada in the junior ice dance discipline. The duo finished seventh and fifth respectively at their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments in France and Slovenia. Stairs and Royer are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the Champs International Skating Centre in Burnaby, B.C.

Canadian junior champion Stephen Gogolev, 12, Toronto, Ont., is one of two Canadian entries in the novice men’s competition. This will be his first international assignment. He is coached by Brian Orser and Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian novice champion Corey Circelli, 14, Vaughan, Ont., will also be competing at his first international assignment representing Canada in the novice men’s event. He is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian novice champion Catherine Carle, 13, Georgetown, Ont., will represent Canada in the novice ladies event. This will be her first international assignment. She is coached by Nancy Lemaire and Anne Fisher in Milton, Ont.

Canadian novice champions Natalie D’Alessandro, 12, Toronto, Ont., and Bruce Waddell, 15, Toronto, Ont., will represent Canada in the novice ice dance event. This will be their first international assignment. They are coached by Andrew Hallam and Siobhan Karam in Toronto, Ont.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, and Terra Findlay, of Echo Bay, Ont., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Siobhan Karam of Ottawa, Ont., will be the Canadian team physiotherapist onsite. Karen Butcher of Greely, Ont., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

For results and full entries please visit the event website.


Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Junior Men Nicolas Nadeau 19 Boisbriand, Que. CPA Boisbriand Yvan Desjardins
Junior Men Joseph Phan 15 Laval, Que. CPA Laval Yvan Desjardins
Junior Men Conrad Orzel 16 Woodbridge, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Eva Najarro
Junior Ladies Sarah Tamura 16 Burnaby, B.C. Champs International SC Joanne McLeod
Junior Ladies Aurora Cotop 14 Toronto, Ont. Thornhill FSC Jonathan Mills / Myke Gillman
Junior Pairs Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud 15/20 London, Ont. / Strathroy, Ont. London SC / Prince Edward SC Alison Purkiss / Margaret Purdy
Junior Pairs Lori-Anne Matte / Thierry Ferland 17/19 Lévis, Que. / Lévis, Que., CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean / CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean Martine Simard
Junior Ice Dance Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha 16/17 Boucherville, Que. / Greenfield Park, Que. CPA De Boucherville / CPA St. Lambert Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon / Romain Haguenauer / Pascal Denis
Junior Ice Dance Ashlynne Stairs / Lee Royer 16/18 Calgary, Alta. / Ft. St. Albert, Alta. Champs International SC / Champs International SC Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe
Novice Men Stephen Gogolev 12 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Brian Orser / Lee Barkell
Novice Men Corey Circelli 14 Vaughan, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell
Novice Ladies Catherine Carle 13 Georgetown, Ont. Milton SC Nancy Lemaire / Anne Fisher
Novice Ice Dance Natalie D’Alessandro / Bruce Waddell 12/15 Toronto, Ont. / Toronto, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club / Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Andrew Hallam / Siobhan Karam