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Gilles and Poirier climb to fourth at Skate America

LAKE PLACID – Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto climbed from fifth after the short dance to fourth overall on Sunday to conclude Skate America, the seventh stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the U.S. took the ice dance gold with 194.25 points with Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy second at 181.63 and Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia third at 176.53.

Gilles and Poirier followed at 166.54.

‘’We didn’t let a disappointing short program get us down today,’’ said Gilles about the free dance. ‘’We feel a lot more comfortable in the free dance. We were especially pleased to keep the flow going and the energy up during the slow piece in the middle of the program.’’

Poirier said the couple made changes to the free skate following their fourth place at the Grand Prix stop in Russia.

‘’We opened up the transitions making them less cumbersome so we can move and skate more freely.

Japan was 1-2 in women’s competition. Satoko Miyahara took the gold, Kaori Sakamoto the silver and Bradie Tennell of the U.S. was third.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., third after the short program, struggled in her free skate and placed sixth overall.

‘’Technically it didn’t go my way today,’’ said Daleman. ‘’That’s the way this sport goes and that’s the name of the game. I know what I need to work on and it is just a lot of repetition.’’

Canada ended the competition with one bronze medal earned by Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford in pairs on Saturday.

Full results: ISU GP 2017 Bridgestone Skate America

Duhamel and Radford earn bronze at Skate America

LAKE PLACID – Two-time Canadian world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are headed to the ISU Grand Prix Final following a bronze medal performance on Saturday at Skate America, the seventh stop on the figure skating circuit.

Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany won the gold medal with 223.13 points, Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang of China were second at 219.20 and Duhamel and Radford followed at 215.68.

‘’Today wasn’t our best skate but it wasn’t our worst,’’ said Duhamel, from Lively, Ont. ‘’We fought and I think overall we are happy with this competition. This is our next to last Grand Prix and I refuse to leave here frustrated.’’

Skating to music from Muse, Duhamel and Radford opened with a triple twist before Duhamel fell on the side-by-side jump and touched her hand down on the throw quad Salchow.

‘’We’re on the podium with these great teams, it was a great competition and we are really proud.’’

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., were sixth.

In men’s competition, Nathan Chen led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish with Adam Rippon second. Sergei Voronov of Russia was third.

Liam Firus of North Vancouver was eighth, Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., ninth and Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., 10th.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is in third spot after the women’s short program behind Japanese skaters Satoko Miyahara in first and Kaori Sakamoto in second.

‘’My program is definitely a step-up performance-wise,’’ said Daleman. ‘’On the technical side there’s a lot of improvement to be done. I need to work  hard on it and be prepared for the next time.’’

In the short dance, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto are fifth.

The women’s free skate and free dance are on Sunday.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/gpusa2017/

Canadian team set to travel to USA for final stop of 2017 ISU Grand Prix series

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send seven entries, for a total of ten skaters to the sixth and final stop of the 2017 ISU Grand Prix circuit, the 2017 Skate America. Canada will have one entry per discipline in ladies and ice dance, two entries in pairs and three entries in men at the event which takes place from November 24-26, 2017, in Lake Placid, NY, USA.

Olympic silver medallist (team) Kevin Reynolds, 27, Coquitlam, B.C., is the first of three Canadian men’s entries. This will be his second time competing at this event, having placed sixth in 2009. Reynolds placed eighth at his first ISU Grand Prix assignment this season, the Cup of China. The four-time Canadian silver medallist is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.

Roman Sadovsky, 18, Vaughan, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in men’s. This will be his first ISU Grand Prix assignment. Earlier this season, he placed 10th at the ISU Challenger Series Finlandia Trophy. Sadovsky is coached by Tracey Wainman in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Liam Firus, 25, North Vancouver, B.C., will be the third Canadian entry in men’s. He won the bronze medal at both of his ISU Challenger Series assignments this season, the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and the Warsaw Cup. Firus is coached by Bruno Marcotte in Sainte-Julie, Que.

World bronze medallist Gabrielle Daleman, 19, Newmarket, Ont., will represent Canada in ladies. Last year, Daleman placed fourth at this event. This season, she placed sixth at her first ISU Grand Prix assignment, the Cup of China. The 2017 Canadian silver medallist is coached by Lee Barkell and Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.

Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel, 31, Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, 32, Balmertown, Ont., are the first of two Canadian entries in pairs. This will be their first time competing at this event. Duhamel and Radford won the gold medal at their first ISU Grand Prix assignment of the season, Skate Canada International. The six-time consecutive Canadian champions are coached by Bruno Marcotte in Montreal, Que.

Canadian bronze medallists Kirsten Moore-Towers, 25, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 25, Sarnia, Ont., are the second Canadian entry in pairs. This will be their first time competing at this event. Moore-Towers and Marinaro won the bronze medal at their first ISU Grand Prix event this season, the Cup of China. They are coached by Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier and Sylvie Fullum in Montreal, Que.

Canadian bronze medallists Piper Gilles, 25, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 26, Unionville, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in ice dance. They previously competed at this event in 2015, winning bronze. Gilles and Poirier placed fourth at this first ISU Grand Prix this season, the Rostelecom Cup. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs in Scarborough, Ont.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, will travel with the team as team leader. Dr. Sari Kraft of Toronto, Ont., and physiotherapist Josiane Roberge of Sillery, Que., will be the Canadian medial staff onsite. Jodi Abbott of Edmonton, Alt., and Jeff Lukasik of Calgary, Alta., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

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


Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Kevin Reynolds 27 Coquitlam, B.C. Vancouver SC Joanne McLeod
Men Roman Sadovsky 18 Vaughan, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Tracey Wainman
Men Liam Firus 25 North Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver SC Bruno Marcotte
Ladies Gabrielle Daleman 19 Newmarket, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell / Brian Orser
Pairs Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford 31/32 Lively, Ont. / Balmertown, Ont. CPA Saint-Léonard / CPA Saint-Léonard Bruno Marcotte
Pairs Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 25/25 St. Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. Kitchener-Waterloo SC / Point Edward SC Inc. Bruno Marcotte / Richard Gauthier / Sylvie Fullum
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 25/26 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs