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Canada places fourth at ISU World Team Trophy

TOKYO – Canadian skaters delivered strong season ending performances on Saturday to conclude the ISU World Team Team Trophy figure skating competition in fourth place.

Japan won the gold medal with 109 points followed by Russia at 105 and the U.S. at 97. Canada earned 87 points, China was fifth at 80 and France sixth at 62.

There were two events contested on the final day of skating. Canada, the Olympic silver medallists in Sochi, were fifth after day one on Thursday and climbed to fourth after Friday’s action.

In the women’s free skate, world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was first with a 160.46 score followed by Mai Mihara of Japan at 146.17 and her compatriot Wakaba Higuchi at 145.30.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., the world championship bronze medallist two weeks ago, was fourth at 142.41, which bettered her score from worlds by over a point. Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., was 11th.

In the pairs free skate, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France topped the field with Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia second and Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China third.

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., followed in fourth with a personal best 130.09 just three points behind the Chinese.

First place in each event was worth 12 points for the country, second 11 points, third 10 and so on.

Full results: ISU World Team Trophy 2017.

Weaver and Poje win free dance to move Canada into fourth at ISU World Team Trophy

TOKYO – Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., won the free dance on Friday to move Canada from fifth to fourth in the country standings at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition.

Japan gained sole position of top spot with two events remaining with 81 points followed by the U.S., at 78, Russia with 74 and Canada with 67. China is fifth at 59 and France sixth at 46.

In the free dance, Weaver and Poje earned a 113.83 score  with Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. second at 109.96 and Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia third at 104.55.

First place in each event is worth 12 points for the country, second 11 points, third 10 and so on. Canada won the silver in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

In the men’s free skate, Japan was 1-2 with Yuzuru Hanyu earning 200.49 and Shoma Uno 198.49. Patrick Chan of Toronto was third at 190.74 and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C. ninth.

The pairs program was won by Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France. Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China were second and Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., third.

Competition ends Saturday with the free skates in women’s and pairs competition.

Full results: ISU World Team Trophy 2017.

Canada fifth after first day at ISU World Team Trophy

TOKYO – Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., produced the second best short dance and Canada stands fifth overall after day one at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition.

Japan and Russia are tied for top spot with 44 points apiece, the U.S. is third at 43, China is fourth at 32 and Canada follows at 31. Canada won the silver medal in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

In the short dance, Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. were first at 79.05 followed by Weaver and Poje at 76.73 and Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia at 68.94. First place in each event is worth 12 points for the country, second 11 points, third 10 and so on.

Russia picked up big points in the women’s short programs with their skaters placing 1-2. World champion Evgenia Medvedeva earned an 80.85 score and Elena Radionova 72.71. Mai Mihara of Japan followed at 72.10 and Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., the world bronze medallist two weeks ago, ranked fourth at 71.74. Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., ranked 10th.

In the men’s short, Shoma Uno of Japan, Nathan Chen of the U.S. and Boyang Jin of China were 1-2-3. Patrick Chan of Toronto was sixth and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C. 12th.

Competition continues Friday with the pairs short, the free dance and the men’s free skate.

Full results: ISU World Team Trophy 2017

Team Canada ready to take on the world at the ISU World Team Trophy

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send an eight-member team to the 2017 ISU World Team Trophy, taking place for the fifth time in Tokyo, Japan from April 19-23. The Canadian team will consist of two men, two women and one entry per discipline in pair and ice dance.

The Canadian Team will be led by team captains two-time world ice dance medallists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Canadian pair bronze medallists Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro, three-time world champion Patrick Chan, Olympic silver team medallist Kevin Reynolds, world bronze medallist Gabrielle Daleman and Canadian bronze medallist Alaine Chartrand.

The countries ranked one to six on the ISU team standings qualify for the event. Team Canada is ranked number one heading into this event. The other five countries, in order of qualification, are: Russia, USA, Japan, China and France. Skaters compete in their disciplines with short programs/dance and free skates/dance. After the results, they receive placement points, which are then added together and the team with the highest points total will win the title. Teams will compete for a total of $1 million USD in prize money.

Canada has medalled three times at this event, winning silver at the inaugural event in 2009, bronze in 2012 and silver in 2013.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, will be the Canadian team leader at this event.  Meghan Buttle of Toronto, Ont., will be the team physiotherapist. Canadian officials at the event are Karen Butcher of Greely, Ont., and Karen Howard, Regina, Sask.

For results and full entries please visit the event page. For photos of Canadian entries, please contact [email protected]

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2017 ISU WORLD TEAM TROPHY

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Patrick Chan 26 Toronto, Ont. Granite Club Marina Zoueva / Oleg Epstein / Johnny Johns
Men Kevin Reynolds 26 Coquitlam, B.C. Vancouver SC Joanne McLeod
Ladies Gabrielle Daleman 19 Newmarket, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell / Brian Orser
Ladies Alaine Chartrand 21 Prescott, Ont. Nepean Skating Club Michelle Leigh
Pairs Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 24/25 St. Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. Kitchener-Waterloo SC / Point Edward SC Inc. Bruno Marcotte / Richard Gauthier / Sylvie Fullum / Julie Marcotte / Cynthia Lemaire
Ice Dance Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje 27/30 Toronto, Ont. / Waterloo, Ont. Sault FSC / Kitchener-Waterloo SC Nikolai Morozov