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Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen win bronze at ISU Grand Prix

SOCHI, Russia – Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen of Montreal won the bronze medal Saturday in ice dancing to conclude the Rostelecom Cup, the sixth stop on the ISU figure skating circuit.

It was a fourth medal in four competitions this season for the veteran couple. They were also third at their previous Grand Prix assignment at Skate America last month and also won silver medals at two ISU Challenger Series events.

Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia won the gold medal with 211.72 points. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy were second at 203.71 and Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen followed at 191.40.

‘’We feel we’ve been improving from competition to competition,’’ said Fournier Beaudry. ‘’We’ve still got little things to work on, but we are happy with the progression. We had five weeks between Grand Prix so that’s been a good measuring stick for us.’’

In men’s competition, Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., delivered by far his best performance of the season and was fourth with 253.80. Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia won the gold with 266.33, Mikhail Kolyada of Russia was second at 264.64 and Kazuki Tomono of Japan third at 264.19.

Sadovsky was third after Friday’s short program and produced a clean skate in his long. He had slight turns on his opening quad Salchow  and triple Axel landings but would later comeback to land a clean quad Salchow in combination with a triple Salchow.

‘’To beat my season’s best by 30 points is a huge step for me,’’ said Sadovsky, 22, the 2020 Canadian champion. ‘’That was more or less what I wanted to do. I wanted to reflect the changes made since my last competition. I’m just going to keep going from here and keep training. ‘’

It was also a solid event for Madeline Schizas of Oakville, Ont., who placed sixth with a season’s best 192.14. The Russians swept the medals led by Kamila Valieva in first.

‘’My free skate wasn’t exactly what I was hoping,’’ said Schizas, fourth after the short program. ‘’I was happy with the fight I showed through the program. I’ve been really motivated this season by the quality of skating I’ve seen at the senior level.’’

It was another Russian medal sweep in pairs while Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., improved from seventh after the short program to fifth with the fifth best free skate.

‘’We definitely have much more than that but it was nice to get some confidence today,’’ said Marinaro. ‘’We still have quite a ways to go to be where we want to be.’’

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/gprus2021/CAT004RS.htm

Canadians in Medal Position at ISU Grand Prix

SOCHI, Russia – Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., and Montreal ice dancers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen are both in third place after Friday’s short programs at the Rostelecom Cup,the sixth stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

In men’s competition, Kazuki Tomono of Japan is first after the short with 95.81 points. Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia follows closely at 95.37 and Sadovsky, 12th at Skate Canada International last month, earned a season’s best 84.59.

‘’Overall, I am very pleased with what I was able to put out there today,’’ said Sadovksy, 22. ‘’I had a little bit of struggle internationally this year so far. I hope that my efforts and adjustments we did in practice will reflect in my free skate.’’

In ice dancing, world champions Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia lead after the rhythm dance with 86.81. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy are second at 79.56 and Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen are third at 76.39.

‘’We felt pretty good today, it wasn’t perfect,’’ said Soerensen, third with his partner Laurence Fournier Beaudry at Skate America, last month. ‘’We improved a lot on the performance and also on the technical side since Skate America.’’

Also in the medal hunt is Madeline Schizas of Oakville, Ont., who is fourth after the short in women’s competition with a season’s best 67.49. Schizas, 18, was eighth at Skate Canada International and ninth at the Finlandia Trophy.

Russia is 1-2 with Kamila Valieva first with 87.42 and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva second at 80.10. Mariah Bell of the U.S. is third at 69.37.
In pairs, Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., are seventh after the short.

All four free skates are on Saturday.
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/gprus2021/CAT004RS.htm

Six Canadian Skaters Travel to Russia to Compete in the 2021 Rostelecom Cup

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have four entries for a total of six skaters competing at the 2021 Rostelecom Cup in former Olympic city Sochi, Russia. Canada will have one entry in each discipline – men, women, pairs and ice dance. This is the sixth event in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and the event takes place from November 26 to 28, 2021.  

Roman Sadovsky, 22, Vaughan, Ont., will be the only Canadian entry in men.  Recently, Roman placed eigth at Finlandia Trophy and finished 12th  in Vancouver at the 2021 Skate Canada International. He is coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski in Richmond Hill, Ont.  

Madeline Schizas, 18, Oakville, Ont., will be the lone entry for Canada in women. Madeline placed eighth at her senior Grand Prix debut in Vancouver at the 2021 Skate Canada International. Earlier this season, she placed ninth at Finlandia Trophy.  Madeline’s coaches are Nancy Lemaire and Derek Schmid. She trains in Milton, Ont.  

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 29 St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 29, Sarnia, Ont., are the sole Canadian entry in pairs. Their last competition was the 2021 Skate Canada International in Vancouver, where they finished sixth. They are coached by Bruno Marcotte, Alison Purkiss and Brian Shales in Oakville, Ont., and Brantford Ont. 

Laurence Fournier Beaudry, 29, Montreal, Que., and Nikolaj Sørensen, 32, Montreal, Que., are the only Canadian entry in ice dance. They finished second at the 2021 Lombardia Trophy in Bergamo, Italy and most recently placed third at Skate America 2021. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Que. 

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director will be the Canadian team leader at the event. Patty Klein of Montreal, Que., will be the team official at the event and physiotherapist Mireille Lnady of Toronto, Ont., will the Canadian medical staff on-site.  

 

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING ROSTELECOM CUP – SOCHI, RUSSIA  

MEN 

Roman Sadovsky (22) / Vaughan, Ont. / York Region Skating Club / Coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski 

WOMEN 

Madeline Schizas (18) / Oakville, Ont. / Milton Skating Club / Coached by Nancy Lemaire and Derek Schmid 

PAIRS 

Kirsten Moore-Towers (29) and Michael Marinaro (29) / St. Catharines, Ont. and Sarnia, Ont. / Skate Oakville / Coached by Bruno Marcotte, Alison Purkiss and Brian Shales 

ICE DANCE 

Laurence Fournier Beaudry (29) and Nikolaj Sørensen, 32, Montreal, Que. / Town of Mount Royal FSC / Coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain and Haguenauer