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Fournier Beaudry and Sørensen Win Silver Medal at Cup of Austria

GRAZ, Austria – Despite a lack of sleep, Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen of Montreal won the silver medal on Sunday in ice dancing to conclude the Cup of Austria, an event on the ISU Challenger Series circuit.

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy took the gold with 208.88 points followed by the Canadians with a season’s best 194.67 and Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz of Spain in third at 189.88. Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen, chasing a first career Olympic berth this season, were third after Saturday’s rhythm dance.

That rhythm dance finished late Saturday night and the free dance was early Sunday. That left only about 12 hours between performances which also included a practice.

‘’It was great to be able to perform under those conditions,’’ said Sørensen. ‘’We finished late last night and started early today so we didn’t get much sleep. We were really happy with what were able to produce today and happy to see the program is heading in the right direction.’’

It was a third medal in three competitions for the Canadians. They also took bronze at Skate America earlier this month and silver at the Lombardia Trophy. They ended last season placing eighth at the world championships.

‘’Today actually felt normal because our practice was closer to the competition,’’ said Fournier Beaudry. ‘’It was yesterday (Saturday) that we really had to properly manage our time because we skated so late at night.’’

Canada’s other two entries also gained a spot in the standings. Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary were fifth while Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., and Molly Lanaghan of Scarborough, Ont., took 11th.

All the other free skates were on Saturday. (https://skatecanada.ca/2021/11/fournier-beaudry-and-sorensen-on-track-for-a-third-medal-this-season-at-cup-of-austria/)

For the women, Emily Bausback of Vancouver was seventh and Allison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., moved from 17th after the short program to 13th.

In men’s competition, Corey Circelli of Toronto moved from 14th to 10th and Beres Clements of Gibson, B.C., was 16th.

In the junior event Canada won two medals.

Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto won gold in ice dancing and Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, B.C., took silver in the men’s event.

Full results:

Junior: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130.cloud-he.de/img/competition/7.2021_22/031/index.htm

Challenger Series: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130.cloud-he.de/img/competition/7.2021_22/030/index.htm

Fournier Beaudry and Sørensen on Track for a Third Medal this Season at Cup of Austria

GRAZ, Austria – Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen of Montreal are on track for a third international medal this season as they stand third after the rhythm dance in ice dancing at the Cup of Austria, a stop on the ISU Challenger Series.

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy are first with 82.78 points, Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz of Spain second at 78.53 and the Canadian ice dancers follow at 77.38, a season’s best score.

Fournier Beaudry and Sørensen also took bronze at Skate America earlier this month and silver at the Lombardia Trophy.

Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary are sixth and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., and Molly Lanaghan of Scarborough, Ont., are 12th.

In the men’s event, Nika Egadze of Georgia rocketed from 12th after the short program to win the gold medal. Lucas Honda of Japan was second and Ilia Malinin of the U.S. jumped from 13th to third.

Corey Circelli of Toronto moved from 14th to 10th and Beres Clements of Gibson, B.C., was 16th.

Wakaba Higuchi of Japan hung on to gold in the women’s event despite the fourth best free skate with Yeongjeong Park of South Korea second and Niina Petrokina of Estonia third.

Emily Bausback of Vancouver was seventh and Allison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., moved from 17th after the short program to 13th with the eighth best free skate.

Competition ends Sunday with the free dance.

Gold and silver medals for Canada in the Junior Event

The Cup of Austria also featured a junior competition which concluded Saturday. The big news for Canada was a victory for Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell in ice dancing on Saturday. It was a second victory this season after they won an ISU Junior Grand Prix event in September.

‘’There were lots of positives but also a couple of negatives we weren’t as happy about,’’ said Waddell. ‘’But that’s super necessary for us to happen in order to realise the difference between this and an amazing performance.’’

‘’There are a lot of things we want to change and improve when we get home,’’ added D’Alessandro.

Sandrine Gauthier of Saint-Constant, Que., and  Quentin Thieren of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., were ninth.

Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, B.C., nearly grabbed another victory for Canada in the junior men’s event. He took the silver medal with 180.04 points with the winner Naoki Rossi of Switzerland first with 180.82.

Rose Théroux of Ste-Victoire-de-Sorel, Que., won the women’s junior short program but couldn’t duplicate that performance in the free skate and placed fourth overall less than three points from the podium.

Full results:

Junior: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130.cloud-he.de/img/competition/7.2021_22/031/index.htm

Challenger Series: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130.cloud-he.de/img/competition/7.2021_22/030/index.htm

Canada Sends Sixteen Skaters to Graz, Austria for the 2021 Cup of Austria

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have 11 entries for a total of 16 skaters taking part in the 2021 Cup of Austria in Graz, Austria this week.  For seniors, Canada will have two entries in men, two entries in women, and three entries in ice dance. As for juniors, Canada will have one entry in men and women, and two entries ice dance. This is the eighth event in the 2021-2022 Figure Skating Challenger Series, and it takes place November 11 to 14, 2021.   

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2021 CUP OF AUSTRIA – GRAZ, AUSTRIA 

DISCIPLINE  NAME  AGE  HOMETOWN  CLUB  COACH 
Men (SR)  Beres Clements  20  Gibson, B.C  Champs International Skating Centre of British Columbia  Joanne McLeod and Neil Wilson 
Men (SR)  Corey Circelli  18  Toronto, Ont  Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club  Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson 
Men (JR)  Aleksa Rakic  N/A  Burnaby, B.C   Champs International Skating Centre of British Columbia  Joanne McLeod  
Women (SR)  Emily Bausback  19  Vancouver, B.C 

 

Champs International Skating Centre of BC 

 

Joanne McLeod and Neil Wilson 
Women (SR)  Alison Schumacher  18  Tecumseh, Ont.  Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club  Joey Russell, Tracy Wilson and Ghislain Briand 
Women (JR)  Rose Théroux  14  Ste-Victoire-de-Sorel, QC  Académie Performance Isatis 

 

Marc-Andre Craig 
Ice Dance (SR)  Laurence Fournier Beaudry / Nikolaj Sorenson  29 / 32  Montreal, Que.  Town of Mount Royal FSC  Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain and Haguenauer 
Ice Dance (SR)  Alicia Fabbri / Paul Ayer  18 / 23  Terrebonne, Que. / Calgary, Alta.  CPA Terrebonne Inc  Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer 
Ice Dance (SR)  Dmitre Razgulajevs / Molly Lanaghan  22 / 24  Ajax, Ont.   Scarboro FSC  Carol Lane, Jon Lane and Juris Razgulajevs 
Ice Dance (JR)  Natalie D’Alessandro / Bruce Waddell  17/ 

19 

Toronto, Ont.   Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club  Andrew Hallam, Joey Russel and Tracey Wilson 
Ice Dance (JR)  Sandrine Gauthier / Quentin Thieren  17 / 18  Saint-Constant, QC / Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC  CPA Du Roussillon / CPA St-Bruno FSC Inc.  

 

Pascal Denis  

   

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director and Marie Bowness, Skate Canada High Performance Advisor are the Canadian team leaders at this event. Physiotherapist Paige Larson of North Vancouver, B.C., and Dr. Sari Kraft of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Andre-Marc Allain of Ottawa, Ont., will be the Canadian official attending the event.