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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.


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