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Gabrielle Daleman Satisfied with Seventh at Warsaw Cup

WARSAW – Two-time Olympian Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., gained some confidence on Saturday with a seventh-place finish in the women’s competition at the Warsaw Cup, an event on the ISU Challenger Series figure skating circuit.

Maiia Khromykh of Russia won the gold medal with 194.02 points followed by Niina Petrokina of Estonia in second at 188.86 and Ekaterina Kurakova of Poland in third at 187.80.

Daleman, who helped Canada win Olympic gold in the team event in 2018, was fifth after Thursday’s short program.

‘’It was an unusual schedule here, so I was pleased with how I managed everything,’’ said Daleman. ‘’My goal here was just to get out in front of a crowd and judges for only the second this season. My skate wasn’t perfect, but I kept fighting and took it step by step.’’

In ice dancing, Molly Lanaghan, and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., produced the seventh best free dance but remained eighth overall. The event was won by Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin of Russia.

The highlight for Canada here this week was Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., winning the men’s free skate on Friday to jump from 11th to fourth overall.

Full results: https://page.pfsa.com.pl/results/2122/CSPOL21/

Wesley Chiu Wins Free Skate, Nears Podium in Personal Best Performance at Warsaw Cup

WARSAW – A great season continued for Richmond, B.C.’s, Wesley Chiu on Friday as he won the free skate and placed fourth overall with a personal best score in men’s competition at the Warsaw Cup, a stop on the ISU Challenger Series.

The 16-year-od Chiu, a gold and bronze medallist on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit this season, sparkled against a senior field on Friday roaring from 11th after Thursday’s short program to near the podium with 232.39 points.

‘’It went amazing,’’ said Chiu. ‘’Missing that combination jump in the short really motivated me to go after it on the long program. I came here to get some minimum scores for senior competitions and I definitely achieved that.’’

Sota Yamamoto of Japan was the winner with 247.65, Daniel Grassl of Italy was second at 242.96 and Peter Gumemnik of Russia third at 242.91.

Chiu cleanly landed his seven jumps in his free program. That included back-to-back quads, three combo jumps and the triple Axel. It was the first time he landed two quads in a free skate.

‘’I knew I could do one quad toe so there was no reason why I can’t do a second one,’’ he said. ‘’But it was a tough aspect to learn in practice. Training overall has been going really well leading into this competition.’’

Stephen Gogolev of Toronto was 11th.

In pairs, Russia swept the medals with Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov in first. Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Levis, Que., were 10th and Deanna Stellato Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., 11th.

In the women’s short program, Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., stands fifth at 61.57 just over three points from third place. Maiia Khromykh of Russia leads with 69.24.

In ice dancing after the rhythm dance, Molly Lanaghan, and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., are in eighth place with 67.81 and appear on route to improve on their 11th place at last week’s Cup of Austria. Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin of Russia are the leaders at 81.30.

Competition ends Saturday with the women’s free skate and the free dance.

Full results: https://page.pfsa.com.pl/results/2122/CSPOL21/

Canada Sends Nine Skaters to the 2021 Warsaw Cup

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have six entries for a total of nine skaters at the 2021 Warsaw Cup in Warsaw, Poland this week. Canada will have two entries in men, one entry in women, two entries in pairs, and one entry in ice dance. Warsaw Cup is the penultimate event in the 2021-2022 Figure Skating Challenger Series and takes place from November 18 to 21, 2021. 

Wesley Chiu, 16, Richmond, B.C., will be the first of two Canadian entries in the men discipline. Most recently Chiu won gold at ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Courchevel, France and bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Chiu is coached by Keegan Murphy and Eileen Murphy in Richmond, B.C. 

Stephen Gogolev, 17, Toronto, Ont., will be the second Canadian entry in the men discipline. In 2019, Gogolev won a silver medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Event in Lake Placid, USA. Gogolev is coached by Rafael Aruntyunyan and Lee Barkell in Irvine, California, and Toronto, Ont. 

Gabrielle Daleman, 23, Newmarket, Ont., will be the lone entry in women. She finished eighth in the 2021 Autum Classic International and won a gold medal in the team event for the 2018 winter Olympic games. Daleman is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.   

Thierry Ferland, 24, Levis, Que., and  Lori-Ann Matte, 22, Levis, Que., will be one of two Canadian entries in pairs. The pair team finished seventh at both the 2021 Skate Canada International and 2021 Autum Classic International. They are coached by Ian Connolly in Levis, Que.  

Deanna Stellato Dudek, 38, Park Ridge, USA., and Maxime Deschamps, 29, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., are the second Canadian entry in pairs. The pair team came fourth at the 2021 Autum Classic International missing the podium by only a point. They are coached by Ian Connolly in Vaudreuil, Que.     

Molly Lanaghan, 22, Doncaster, UK., and Dmitre Razgulajevs, 24, Ajax, Ont., will be the lone entry in ice dance. In 2020 they finished fifth in the Bavarian Open in Obertsdorf, Germany. They are coached by Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Jon Lane in Scarboro, Ont.  

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director is the Canadian team leader at this event. Sylvia Ciurysek of Berwyn, Alta., will be the Canadian medical staff on-site. Guylaine Seguin of Sherbrooke, Que., will be the Canadian official attending the event.  

 

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT THE 2021 WARSAW CUP – WARSAW, POLAND 

 

MEN 

Wesley Chiu (16) / Richmond, B.C. / Connaught Skating Club / Coached by Keegan Murphy and Eileen Murphy 

Stephen Gogolev (17) / Toronto, Ont. / Granite Club / Coached by Rafael Aruntyunyan and Lee Barkel  

WOMEN 

Gabrielle Daleman (23) / Newmarket, Ont. / Granite Club / Coached by Lee Barkell   

PAIRS 

Lori-Ann Matte (22) and Thierry Ferland (25) / Levis, Que. / Levis, Que. / CPA St. Romuald St. Jean Levis / Coached by Ian Connolly  

Deanna Stellato Dudek (38) and Maxime Deschamps (29) / Chicago and Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec / CPAR Vaudreuil / Coached by Ian Connolly and Josee Picard 

ICE DANCE 

Molly Lanaghan (22) and Dmitre Razgulajevs (24) / Doncaster, UK. And Ajax, Ont. / Scarboro FSC / Coached by Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs, Jon Lane