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Gilles and Porier fifth in close battle for ice dance medals at Grand Prix Final

TORINO, Italy – Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto took fifth spot in ice dancing, finishing less than five points from a medal berth to conclude the ISU Grand Prix Final figure skating competition.

Defending Grand Prix Final champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the gold medal with 219.85 points. Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. were second at 210.68 and their compatriots Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were third at 207.93.

Gilles and Poirier, who collected a gold and silver on the circuit this season, posted the fourth best free dance to move from sixth after the rhythm dance to fifth overall with 203.50.

‘’We both know we’ve got a strong free dance and everyone enjoys watching it,’’ said Gilles. ‘’We owed it to ourselves not to let a score define who we are at a competition. We need to make sure we are doing our job and our best in every program.

‘’We showed maturity and confidence today.’’

Canada’s other entry Kirsten Moore-Towers of St.Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., were fifth in pairs on Saturday.

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2019

Moore-Towers and Marinaro sixth after short program at ISU Grand Prix Final

TORINO, Italy – Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro are in sixth place after Thursday’s pairs short program at the ISU Grand Prix Final in figure skating.

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China are first at 77.50 followed by Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia in second at 76.65 and their compatriots Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin in third at 75.16.

Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont.,  and Marinaro, of Sarnia, Ont., won silver medals at their two Grand Prix assignments this season. They totalled 67.08 on Thursday.

They opened with a strong triple twist lift before making two mistakes. Moore-Towers fell when tried to land the throw triple loop while her partner stepped out landing the side-by-side triple toe. They received strong level fours for three elements.

“Just some weird stuff tonight,” said Moore-Towers, in her first Grand Prix Final with Marinaro. “We can’t really explain it or understand it ourselves. We just hope to move on and start fresh in the free skate.”

The pairs free skate in on Friday. It will be preceded by the start of the ice dance event with the rhythm dance featuring Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto.

The competition features the top-six finishers overall on the Grand Prix circuit this fall.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1920/gpf1920/

Canadian skaters headed to Italy for 2019 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have two entries, for a total of four skaters competing at the 2019 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, in Torino, Italy. Canada will be represented by two senior entries, one in pairs and one in ice dance. The event will take place December 5-8, 2019 and will include both the ISU Grand Prix Final and the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final.

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 27, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 27, Sarnia, Ont., will be the pair team representing Canada. This season, the reigning national champions won silver on home soil at Skate Canada International and won silver at NHK Trophy to secure their spot in Torino. They are coached by Bruno Marcotte in Oakville, Ont.

Ice dancers Piper Gilles, 27, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 28, Unionville, Ont., will be representing Canada. The duo won their first Grand Prix gold medal at home at Skate Canada International and won silver at Rostelecom Cup. They are coached by Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Jon Lane in Scarborough, Ont.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, will be the Canadian team leader at the event. Dr. Lee Schofield of Toronto, Ont., and physiotherapist Mireille Landry of Toronto, Ont., will be the medical staff onsite. Janice Hunter of Vancouver, B.C., and Deborah Islam of Barrie, Ont., will be the Canadian officials attending the event. Leanna Caron, Skate Canada President, and Debra Armstrong, Skate Canada Chief Executive Officer, will be attending the event.

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.


Pairs Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 27 / 27 St. Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. Skate Oakville / Skate Oakville Bruno Marcotte
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 27 / 28 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs / Jon Lane

Media Accreditation: ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2018

Vancouver, Canada
Media Accreditation

October 18, 2018

The media accreditations for the ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final taking place in Vancouver, Canada, on December 6-9, 2018 are now open.

Media must apply for accreditation through the ISU Online Media Accreditation System (OMAS) which is available here. The deadline to apply for accreditation is November 19, 2018.

The media information package for the event is also available and will help you prepare for your trip to Vancouver. Accreditation will be granted to professional journalists and photographers only.

  • Writing Press (newspaper, magazine, internet, agencies and ISU Member Federations): maximum two professionals per organization
  • Photographer: maximum one professional per organization (agencies and major newspapers: maximum two professionals)
  • Television non-right holder: maximum three professionals per organization
  • Radio non-right holder: maximum one professional per organization
  • Freelancer: A freelance journalist or photographer is a full time professional editor or photographer, who is not employed by an agency or newspaper – a self-employed professional. A freelance editor or photographer must provide written evidence that he/she operates on behalf of a clearly identified media. A freelance editor or photographer operating under his/her own account will not be accepted.

The total number of accredited media representatives will be subject to space available. The Organizing Committee (OC) and ISU reserve the right to refuse accreditation should the number of applications exceed given space or if any requested information / documentation has not been provided in due time.

For further information on the ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2018, including entries, standings and results, please visit the event page.