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Gilles and Poirier win first Grand Prix gold at 2019 Skate Canada International

KELOWNA, B.C. – Canadian ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier earned their first career victory on the ISU Grand Prix circuit on Saturday while compatriots Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro added silver in pairs and Nam Nguyen was also second in the men’s event.

Gilles and Poirier, in their ninth season together, set personal bests right across the board finishing with 209.01 points. The Toronto tandem edged the defending Grand Prix Final champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. in second at 206.31 while Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson of Britain were third at 195.35.

“This is such a special moment,” said Poirier. “Our mentality every single day is to push ourselves in order to win. We felt really united this week and that gives us the confidence we need to skate our best.”

World junior champions Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Saint-Hubert, Que., moved from seventh to sixth and Haley Sales of Kelowna, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Burnaby, B.C., remained 10th.

Gold – Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii, Silver – Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro, Bronze – Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov

In pairs, Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia took the gold with 216.71 followed by Moore-Towers and Marinaro in second at 208.49. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia were third at 202.29.

“We’ve been training a lot better than that,” said Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont. “We worked really hard on our jumps so there was some unforeseen mistakes and we’re glad we didn’t let them snowball. But it was probably our worst run of this program in six weeks.”

Lubov Ilyushechkina of Toronto and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., were fifth and Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., eighth.

Gold – Yuzuru Hanyu, Silver – Nam Nguyen, Bronze – Keiji Tanaka

There was no surprise on the men’s side as two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu earned 322.59, less than a point from the world record. Nguyen also set a personal best 262.77 and Keiji Tanaka of Japan was third at 250.02.

“I felt pretty good,” Nguyen said. “There was a moment backstage while I was waiting I was kind of freaking out a little bit. But once I put my skates on, I pretty much calmed down. I basically watched Yuzu’s entire program, and I was able to channel that energy.”

Nicolas Nadeau of Blainville, Que., was seventh and Roman of Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., 10th.

In women’s competition, Alexandra Trusova of Russia won the gold medal with Rika Kihira of Japan second and Young You of South Korea third.

Two-time Olympian Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was 10th, Alicia Pineault of Varennes, Que., 11th and Veronik Mallet of Sept-Iles, Que., 12th.

“It was good to get some more mileage on this program,” said Daleman. “Training has been going well this week and it was a thrill to compete in front of the home crowd.”

The next stop on the circuit is Friday and Saturday in Grenoble, France.

Full results: ISU GP 2019 Skate Canada International

Canadians in medal position in three events after short at Skate Canada International

KELOWNA, B.C. – Canadian skaters are in medal position in ice dancing, pairs and men’s competition after Friday’s short programs at Skate Canada International, the second stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto and the pairs team of Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., are in second place and Canadian champion Nam Nguyen of Toronto is third for the men.

In pairs, Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia are first after the short program with 76.45 followed by Moore-Towers and Marinaro with a personal best 75.50 and Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia at 73.57.

Moore-Towers and Marinaro, in their sixth season together, won the Nebelhorn Trophy event earlier this month in Germany.

“We definitely took a step up from our competition in Germany,” said Marinaro. “Still we left a couple of points on the table and despite the personal best we’re looking past that. We need more than that.”

Lubov Ilyushechkina of Toronto and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., are fifth at 68.62 and Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., are eighth.

In ice dancing, last season’s Grand Prix Final champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. after first after the rhythm dance with 83.21. Gilles and Poirier follow closely in second at 82.58 and Kaitlyn Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U.S. are third at 79.52.

“It was a fairly solid skate for this time of the season,” said Poirier. “It was a testament to the work we’ve put in to increase the speed and increase the confidence we skate with. Last year at Skate Canada we started off with a costly error so this year wanted to do better.”

World junior champions Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Saint-Hubert, Que., are seventh and Haley Sales of Kelowna, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Burnaby, B.C., are 10th.

On the men’s side, two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan was dominant in the short scoring 109.60. Camden Pulkinen of the U.S. is second at 89.05 just ahead of Nguyen at 84.08.

Nicolas Nadeau of Blainville, Que., is eighth and Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., is 11th.

In the women’s short program, 2018 Grand Prix Final champion Rika Kihira of Japan stands first, Young Yu of South Korea is second and Alexandra Trusova of Russia third.

Two-time Olympian Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is fifth improving her score by 18 points from two weeks ago at the Finlandia Open and less than six points from her personal best.

“The crowd was extra supportive and it gave me that extra boost of confidence I needed,” said Daleman. “It’s such a fun program because it is so packed with turns, difficult entries and exits and that’s exactly what I want out of it.”

Alicia Pineault of Varennes, Que., is 11th and Veronik Mallet of Sept-Iles, Que., 12th.

Competition ends Saturday with all four free skates.

Full results: ISU GP 2019 Skate Canada International

Eighteen Canadian Skaters headed to Kelowna for 2019 Skate Canada International

OTTAWA, ON: Top Canadian and international figure skaters are headed to Kelowna, British Columbia for the 2019 Skate Canada International, taking place from October 25-27, 2019. The event will be held at Prospera Place and will feature 12 Canadian entries (three entries per discipline in men, women, pairs and ice dance), for a total of 18 skaters.

The event will mark the second of six competitions on the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, in which skaters compete to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, taking place from December 5-8, 2019 in Torino, Italy.

In the men’s discipline, Canadian Champion Nam Nguyen, 21, Ajax, Ont., is the first of three Canadian men competing. This event will be Nguyen’s third Skate Canada International appearance, having finished fifth in both 2015 and 2018. This season, he finished fourth at Nebelhorn Trophy a stop on the ISU Challenger series. Nguyen is coached by Robert Burk and trains at the Richmond Hill Training Centre.

Nicolas Nadeau, 22, Boisbriand, Que., will be the second of three Canadian men competing. This will be his second time competing at Skate Canada International, having placed seventh in 2017. This event will be Nadeau’s first competition of the 2019-2020 season. He is coached by Yvan Desjardins in Rosemere, Que.

Vaughn, Ontario’s Roman Sadovsky, 20, rounds out the Canadian men’s entries. This will be his second time competing at Skate Canada International, having finished 12th in 2018. This season, Sadovsky finished third at Finlandia Trophy an ISU Challenger series event. He is coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Gabrielle Daleman, 21, Newmarket, Ont., will be the first of three Canadian entries in women. This season, Daleman placed 13th at Finlandia Trophy. Last season, she finished fifth at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships and 11th at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. She is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.

Alicia Pineault, 20, Varennes, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in women. This will be her second time competing at Skate Canada International, having finished 10th in 2018. Last season, she finished eighth at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She is coached by Stephan Yvars in Boucherville, Que.

Aurora Cotop, 18, Thornhill, Ont., was originally assigned to this event but had to withdraw due to a muscle and bone strain affecting the groin. Replacing Cotop is Véronik Mallet, 25, Sept- Îles, Que. This season, Mallet finished 12th at Autumn Classic International and 10th at Skate America. This will be her fourth time competing at Skate Canada International having finished eighth in 2013, and 10th in both 2014 and 2015. She is coached by Annie Barabé and Sophie Richard in Sept-Îles, Que.

Canadian Champions Kirsten Moore-Towers, 27, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 27, Sarnia, Ont., will compete in the pairs discipline. This will be their fourth time competing at Skate Canada International, winning bronze in 2015 and 2018. This season, the team brought home a gold medal from Nebelhorn Trophy. They are coached by Bruno Marcotte in Oakville, Ont.

Evelyn Walsh, 18, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 23, Trenton, Ont., will be the second Canadian entry in pairs. This event will be their second time competing at Skate Canada International, they finished fifth in 2018. This season, they finished sixth at Finlandia Trophy. The duo is coach by Alison Purkiss in Branford, Ont.

Pair team Lubov Ilyushechkina, 27, Toronto, Ont., and Charlie Bilodeau, 26, Trois-Pistoles, Que., will compete at their first grand prix event together. This season, they won bronze at Finlandia Trophy. The duo announced their pairing in March. They are coached by Richard Gauthier in Saint-Léonard, Que.

Piper Gilles, 27, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 27, Unionville, Ont., will be the first Canadian entry in ice dance. This event will be their fifth time competing at Skate Canada International, having previously won bronze in 2016 and 2018. This season, the team won gold at Autumn Classic International. They are coached by Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Jon Lane in Scarborough, Ont.

World Junior Ice Dance Champions Marjorie Lajoie, 18, Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha, 20, Saint-Hubert, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in ice dance. This will be their first time competing at Skate Canada International. This season, the two placed fourth at Finlandia Trophy. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Que.

The third Canadian entry in ice dance will be Haley Sales, 22, Kelowna, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker, 22, Burnaby, B.C. This will be their second time competing at Skate Canada International, having finished ninth in 2018. This season, they finished 11th at Nebelhorn Trophy. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, B.C.

Six-time national medallist and 2013 Four Continents champion Kevin Reynolds, 29, will service as the official Athlete Ambassador for Skate Canada International. In his role as Athlete Ambassador, Reynolds will handle speaking engagements and media interviews, conduct appearances on behalf of the competing athletes, and of course, interact with fans throughout the week.

Elladj Baldé, 28, Montreal, Que., will act as Skate Canada’s digital host for Skate Canada International for the second year in a row. Baldé has competed internationally for Canada 27 times in junior and senior. He will be taking fans behind the scenes at the event, providing fans with an exclusive look at what takes place at grand prix events.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-866-514-5050 toll free or 250-762-5050 locally, or in person at the Prospera Place Box Office.

Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., and Cynthia Ullmark of Canmore, Alta., will be the team leaders at the event. Dr. Tatiana Jevremovic of London, Ont., and physiotherapist Agnes Makowski of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Lynn Dey of Edmonton, Alta., Pam Chislett of Grand Prairie, Alta., Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., and Karen Howard of Regina, Sask., will be the Canadian officials attending the event.

The event will be broadcast by CTV/TSN/RDS and the schedule is available on the Skate Canada website. Practices will be streamed live on the Skate Canada Dailymotion page.

For results and full entries please visit www.skatecanada.ca or www.isu.org.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2019 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL – KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA

DISCIPLINE NAME AGE HOMETOWN CLUB COACH
Men Nam Nguyen 21 Ajax, Ont. Richmond Hill Training Centre Robert Burk
Men Roman Sadovsky 20 Vaughn, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Tracey Wainman / Grzegorz Filipowski
Men Nicolas Nadeau 22 Boisbriand, Que. CPA Boisbriand Yvan Desjardins
Women Gabrielle Daleman 21 Newmarket, Ont. Granite Club Lee Barkell
Women Alicia Pineault 20 Varennes, Que. SC Varennes Stephan Yvars
Women Véronik Mallet 25 Sept-Îles, Que. CPA Sept-Îles Annie Barabé / Sophie Richard
Pair Lubov Ilyushechkina / Charlie Bilodeau 27 / 26 Toronto, Ont. / Trois-Pistoles, Que. CPA Saint-Léonard / CPA Chambly Richard Gauthier
Pair Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 27 / 27 St. Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. St. Catharines SC / Point Edward SC Bruno Marcotte
Pair Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud 18 / 23 London, Ont. / Trenton, Ont. London SC / Trenton SC Alison Purkiss
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 27 / 27 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs / Jon Lane
Ice Dance Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha 18 / 20 Boucherville, Que. / Saint-Hubert, Que. CPA Boucherville / CPA Saint-Lambert Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon / Romain Haguenauer
Ice Dance Haley Sales / Nikolas Wamsteeker 22 / 22 Kelowna, B.C. / Burnaby, B.C. Kelowna SC / Champs International Skating Centre of BC Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe

Kevin Reynolds to act as Athlete Ambassador for Skate Canada International

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada is pleased to announce that six-time national medallist and 2013 Four Continents champion Kevin Reynolds, 29, will serve as the official Athlete Ambassador during the 2019 Skate Canada International. The event will take place in Kelowna, BC, from October 25-27, 2019 at Prospera Place.

“It is truly an honour to be named Athlete Ambassador for Skate Canada International,” says Reynolds. “Having this wonderful event in my home province makes it even more special. I have always had a unique connection with my fellow athletes and the amazing fans of our sport, and I am thrilled to represent Skate Canada and all athletes competing at Skate Canada International.”

Reynolds is an eight-time national team member and has represented Canada at the world championships six times. In addition to his win at the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, he was also a member of the Canadian silver medal winning squad in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and was the bronze medallist at the 2010 Four Continents.

In his role as Athlete Ambassador, Reynolds will handle speaking engagements and media interviews, conduct appearances on behalf of competing athletes and, of course, interact with fans throughout the week.

“We are thrilled to have Kevin involved with Skate Canada International. He knows exactly the pressures that the athletes will face during the competition and will be able to convey those experiences to media and fans over the course of the week,” said Debra Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Skate Canada.

Reynolds helped to move the sport forward with his advanced jumping skills. In 2010, he was the first skater to land two quad jumps in a short program. He was also the first skater to land five quad jumps in competition at the 2013 ISU Four Continents Championships, with two quads in the short program and three in the free program.

Reynolds is working towards completion of his degree at the University of British Columbia. He is expected to graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with a minor in Japanese Language and Culture. He is also a full-time coach at the Champs International Skating Centre of B.C.

TICKETS
Single session tickets begin at $31.50 (including applicable taxes and surcharges) and prices range by session. Tickets for the Thursday practices are only $14.00 (including taxes and surcharges).

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-866-514-5050 toll free or 250-762-5050 locally, or in person at the Prospera Place Box Office.

EVENT INFO
The inaugural Skate Canada International was held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Kelowna will be the 46th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their second time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 2014.

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), Japan (NHK Trophy), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and France (Internationaux de France).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final which will take place in Torino, Italy from December 5-8, 2019.

Single Session Tickets Info: 2019 Skate Canada International

OTTAWA, ON: Single session tickets for the 2019 Skate Canada International will go on sale Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. PT. The event will take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from October 25-27, 2019, at Prospera Place.

The line-up in Kelowna will feature 2019 Canadian National Champions, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro, and Nam Nguyen. They will be joined by current world medallists Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States, and more. A full list of entries can be found on the ISU website.

Single session tickets begin at $31.50 (including applicable taxes and venue fees) and prices range by session. Tickets for the Thursday practices are only $14.00 (including taxes and venue fees).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.selectyourtickets.com , by phone at 1-866-514-5050 toll free or 250-762-5050 locally, or in person at the Prospera Place Box Office.

EVENT INFO
The inaugural Skate Canada International was held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Kelowna will host the 46th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their second time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 2014.

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), Japan (NHK Trophy), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and France (Internationaux de France).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final which will take place in Torino, Italy from December 5-8, 2019.

Canadian medallists headline the 2019 Skate Canada International in Kelowna

ISU announces line-up for Grand Prix events

OTTAWA, ON: The International Skating Union (ISU) has announced the line-ups for the six 2019 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events. Canada will host the second stop on the circuit, the 2019 Skate Canada International in Kelowna, British Columbia, from October 25-27, 2019, at Prospera Place.

The line-up in Kelowna will feature current Canadian champions Nam Nguyen, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro, and several Canadian medallists including, Piper Gilles, Paul Poirier, Gabrielle Daleman and Aurora Cotop. They will be joined by various current and former world medallists including   Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia, and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States and more.

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), France (Internationaux de France), China (Cup of China), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and Japan (NHK Trophy).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held in Torino, Italy from December 5-8, 2019.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW 
All-event ticket packages for the 2019 Skate Canada International are on sale now! The all event-ticket includes four days of access including:

  • One day of official practices (Thursday)
  • Two days of exciting competition, including practices (Friday and Saturday)
  • Exhibition Gala (Sunday)

Fans will be able to choose from four levels of all-event ticket packages that are priced at:

  • $138.50 ($120 ticket + $18.50 venue fee)
  • $180.50 ($160 ticket + $20.50 venue fee)
  • $222.00 ($200 ticket + $22.00 venue fee)
  • $325.00 ($300 ticket + $25.00 venue fee)

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-866-514-5050 toll free or 250-762-5050 locally or in person at the Prospera Place Box Office.

2019 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES*

MEN WOMEN
Brendan Kerry (AUS)
Nicolas Nadeau (CAN)
Nam Nguyen (CAN)
Roman Sadovsky (CAN)
Paul Fentz (GER)
Matteo Rizzo (ITA)
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)
Keiji Tanaka (JPN)
Deniss Vasiljevs (LAT)
Mikhail Kolyada (RUS)
Andrei Lazukin (RUS)
Camden Pulkinen (USA)
Aurora Cotop (CAN)
Gabrielle Daleman (CAN)
TBD (CAN)
Rika Kihira (JPN)
Mai Mihara (JPN)
Yelim Kim (KOR)
Young You (KOR)
Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS)
Serafima Sakhanovich (RUS)
Alexandra Trusova (RUS)
Alexia Paganini (SUI)
Bradie Tennell (USA)
PAIR ICE DANCE
Lubov Ilyushechkina / Charlie Bilodeau (CAN)
Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro (CAN)
TBD(CAN)
Feiyao Tang / Yongchao Yang (CHN)
Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS)
Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov (RUS)
Jessica Calalang / Brian Johnson (USA)
Alexa Scimeca Knierim / Chris Knierim (USA)
Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier (CAN)
Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha (CAN)
Haley Sales / Nikolas Wamsteeker (CAN)
Lilah Fear / Lewis Gibson (GBR)
Sofia Evdokimova / Egor Bazin (RUS)
Betina Popova / Sergey Mozgov (RUS)
Sara Hurtado / Kirill Khaliavin (ESP)
Caroline Green / Michael Parsons (USA)
Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker (USA)
Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue (USA)

CANADIAN ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 2019 ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SERIES*

SKATE AMERICA
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – October 18-20, 2019
MEN: Keegan Messing
WOMEN: Véronik Mallet
PAIR: Camille Ruest/Drew Wolfe
ICE DANCE: Laurence Fournier-Beaudry/Nikolaj Sørensen

SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL
Kelowna, British Columbia – October 25-27, 2019
MEN: Nam Nguyen, Roman Sadovsky, Nicolas Nadeau
WOMEN: Gabrielle Daleman, Aurora Cotop, TBD
PAIR: Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro, Lubov Ilyushechkina/Charlie Bilodeau, TBD
ICE DANCE: Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier, Marjorie Lajoie/Zachary Lagha, Haley Sales/Nikolas Wamsteeker

INTERNATIONAUX DE FRANCE
Grenoble, France — November 1-3, 2019
MEN: Nicolas Nadeau
ICE DANCE: Carolanne Soucisse/Shane Firus

CUP OF CHINA
Chongqing, China – November 8-10, 2019
MEN: Keegan Messing
WOMEN: Gabriele Daleman
PAIR: Lubov Ilyushechkina/Charlie Bilodeau
ICE DANCE: Laurence Fournier-Beaudry/Nikolaj Sørensen

ROSTELECOM CUP
Moscow, Russia — November 15-17, 2019
MEN: Nam Nguyen
PAIR: Evelyn Walsh/Trennt Michaud
ICE DANCE: Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier, Marjorie Lajoie/Zachary Lagha

NHK TROPHY
Sapporo, Japan — November 22-24, 2019
MEN: Roman Sadovsky, Conrad Orzel
PAIR: Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro
ICE DANCE: Carolanne Soucisse/Shane Firus

*Entries are subject to change

Ticket Info: 2019 Skate Canada International

KELOWNA, B.C.: All-event tickets for the 2019 Skate Canada International will go on sale to the public on April 5, 2019 at 10 a.m. PT. The event will take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, at Prospera Place from October 25-27, 2019.

All-event ticket packages will include all competitions, as well as practices. Fans will be able to choose from four levels of all-event ticket packages that are priced at:

  • $138.50 ($120 ticket + $18.50 venue fee)
  • $180.50 ($160 ticket + $20.50 venue fee)
  • $222.00 ($200 ticket + $22.00 venue fee)
  • $325.00 ($300 ticket + $25.00 venue fee)

The Judges’ Stand will located at Sections 107-111 and the Kiss & Cry will be located at Section 114.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-866-514-5050 toll free or 250-762-5050 locally or in person at the Prospera Place Box Office.

SUPER FAN SECTION
The 2019 Skate Canada International will feature a special Super Fan Section! This section includes the first four rows of the arena, allowing fans to be closest to the action. All fans purchasing tickets in this section will receive a voucher that is exchanged on-site for a Super Fan bag that includes a souvenir program, championship pin, and a branded premium item.

All-event ticket packages in the Super Fan Section which includes the deluxe super fan kit are priced at $325.00 ($300 ticket + $25.00 venue fee) Fans sitting outside the first four rows of seating may also purchase a Super Fan Bag for only $80 ($75 + $5 venue fee).

EVENT
The inaugural Skate Canada International was held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Kelowna will host the 46th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their second time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 2014.

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), Japan (NHK Trophy), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and France (Internationaux de France).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final which will take place in Torino, Italy from December 5-8, 2019.

Kelowna to host 2019 Skate Canada International

KELOWNA, B.C.: Skate Canada announced today that Kelowna, British Columbia will host the 2019 Skate Canada International. The event will take place at Prospera Place, a 6,886-seat multi-purpose arena that is home to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL), from October 25-27, 2019.

“We are thrilled to be heading back to Prospera Place and Kelowna for Skate Canada International,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Skate Canada International will welcome some of the best skaters from around the world and we are more than confident that the city of Kelowna will be a gracious host and help us create an unforgettable event.”

“We are so proud to host some of the greatest skaters from around the world and we look forward to seeing them perform on a national stage here in Kelowna,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “Kelowna’s young figure skaters will be inspired by the elite international talent on display, and our whole community will be energized by the experience of hosting this major sporting event for the second time in five years.”

The region has nearly 200,000 residents and Kelowna is the third largest population centre in B.C. Kelowna is known for its four seasons of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, skiing, golf and lake activities and is an incredible culinary travel destination.

“Tourism Kelowna was very proud to support the bid to bring Skate Canada International back to the Central Okanagan,” said Lisanne Ballantyne, Tourism Kelowna’s President and CEO. “Televised internationally, Skate Canada is a signature event that will generate more than $3 million in new, economic impact for Kelowna. Our world-class hospitality, hotels, and attractions look forward to welcoming the athletes and the fans to our beautiful region.”

The inaugural Skate Canada International was first held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Kelowna will host the 46th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their second time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 2014.

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figuring Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), Finland (ISU Grand Prix of Helsinki), Japan (NHK Trophy), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and France (Internationaux de France).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

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