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Paradis and Miclette Win Men’s and Women’s Junior Titles at 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA – Anthony Paradis surged from fourth place after the short program to win the gold medal in the junior men’s event and Justine Miclette took the women’s junior crown on Thursday to conclude the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

The 14-year-old Paradis, from Boisbriand, Que., posted the best score in the free skate to finish with 189.57 points. He edged Grayson Long of Toronto by less than a half a point at 189.15 and John Kim of Hamilton was third at 187.52.

‘’I skated very well,’’ said Boisbriand. ‘’I was particularly happy with my triple-triple combo and my triple Lutz. Being on the podium at nationals was one of my big goals this season.’’

In the women’s event, Miclette ranked first in both the short and Thursday’s free program for 170.01 points. The other two medallists moved up in the standings with Fiona Bombardier of Richmond Hill, Ont., going from fourth to second with 158.71 and Michelle Deng of Edmonton from fifth to third with 152.01.

‘’Despite the error in my triple toe, I’m proud of my performance,’’ said Miclette, 15, part of Skate Canada’s NextGen program. ‘’I just wanted to skate like I do in practice, and I achieved that. It was just a lot of fun to be here at these championships.’’

Full results: https://skatecanada.ca/2022-canadian-tire-national-skating-championships/#ctnsc-results

McIntosh and Mimar Break Canadian Junior Pairs Record at 2022 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships

OTTAWA – Second-year partners Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., broke their Canadian junior record to win the gold in pairs on Tuesday at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships.

McIntosh and Mimar took their first national junior title with 155.95 points which bettered their previous national mark of 152.68 set at the Skate Canada Challenge in December.

Summer Homick and Marty Haubrich of Ontario were second at 136.24 and Emy Carignan and Bryan Pierro of Quebec were third at 133.85.

‘’We are really happy with today’s skate,’’ said McIntosh, whose younger sister Summer also broke a national mark in swimming at the Tokyo Olympics last year. ‘’We thought we performed pretty well and accomplished most of our goals.’’

In ice dancing, Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto won both the rhythm dance and free dance to finish with a personal best 175.03 points. Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., were runners-up for the second straight junior nationals with 170.79 and Miku Makita of Anmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C., were third at 163.00.

‘’We were pretty happy with how we skated today,’’ said D’Alessandro. ‘’I just tried to keep the world juniors qualification out of mind or else I get even more nervous, I just try to trust the training that we did. But of course, we’d love to go back to that competition.’’

D’Alessandro and Waddell were 11th at the 2020 World Juniors. The next world juniors are March 7-13 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the junior skaters here at battling for spots on that team.

Competition continues Wednesday with the junior men’s and women’s short programs. The free skates are on Thursday.

Full results: https://skatecanada.ca/2022-canadian-tire-national-skating-championships/#ctnsc-results

Gilles/Poirier, Moore-Towers/Marinaro Successfully Defend Titles at 2022 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships

OTTAWA – Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier were one of two victors to successfully defend their crowns on Saturday at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships.

The competition also helped finalize the Canadian skaters for next month’s Winter Games in Beijing. This week’s event was held without fans at TD Place due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario.

Gilles and Poirier, from Toronto, took the gold with 219.24 points followed by Laurence Fournier-Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen of Montreal in second at 206.65 and Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of St-Hubert, Que., third at 192.67.

Three spots are available in ice dancing for Canada at the Olympics after two top-10’s at last year’s worlds. Two spots were up for grabs in pairs and men’s and one for the women.

‘’We were a little nervous and we have made so many changes since the Grand Prix series, so this was us testing the waters a little bit,’’ said Gilles. ‘’Nothing is on auto pilot yet but I’m glad we had the opportunity to put that program out there and build upon it.’’

It was a third straight Canadian pairs title for Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., totalling 212.54. Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., were second at 186.52 and and Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., were third at 178.60.

‘’It wasn’t perfect but definitely leaps and bounds ahead of what we’ve done this season,’’ said Moore-Towers. ‘’Our goal was to go to Beijing as Canadian champions.’’

Vanessa James and Eric Radford, fourth after Friday’s short program, withdrew.

Keegan Messing took top spot in men’s competition with 258.03 points. Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., followed at 247.60 moving from fourth after the short program. Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., 16, was third at 150.57.

‘’I went out there and did my job,’’ said Messing. ‘’The amount of butterflies I had before turned into positive vibes after. I’m happy with how it all worked out.’’

In women’s competition, Madeline Schizas of Oakville, Ont., won a decisive gold medal with a personal best 198.24 points for her first national crown. Veronik Mallet of Montreal was second at 170.65 and two-time Olympian Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was third at 167.50.

‘’I wanted to break the 200-point mark, which I got close to, but not quite,’’ said Schizas, who skated her program to Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. ‘’It was a little bit of a fight. I was happy with my skate and happy with my placement, but I made some uncommon mistakes. I skated two programs I am pretty happy with and that was my biggest goal.’’

Skate Canada will nominate its team for Beijing to the Canadian Olympic Committee on Sunday at approximately 12:15 p.m. (ET) It can be streamed live at: https://skatecanada.ca/2022-canadian-tire-national-skating-championships/

Full results: https://skatecanada.ca/2022-canadian-tire-national-skating-championships/#ctnsc-results

Battle Lines Drawn After Short Programs at 2022 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships.

OTTAWA – Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, pairs Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro as well as, Madeline Schizas and Keegan Messing are first in their respective events after Friday’s short programs at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. This week’s event is being held without fans at TD Place due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario.

In ice dancing, Gilles and Poirier, from Toronto, continued a solid season so far with a season’s best 86.98 points in the rhythm dance. Laurence Fournier-Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen of Montreal are second at 81.04 and Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of St-Hubert, Que., are third at 76.67.

Three spots are available in ice dancing for Canada at the Olympics after two top-10’s at last year’s worlds. Two spots are up for grabs in pairs and men’s and one for the women.

‘’We’re treating this competition as a training opportunity for the Olympic Games,’’ said Poirier, third with Gilles at the last season’s world championships. ‘’That’s where we want to be peaking and bringing our best performances.’’

Keegan Messing stands first in the men’s event after the short program with 84.38. Sixteen-year-old Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., is second at 81.47 and Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., is third at 78.14.

‘’My mistake on the (triple) Axel was a slight mental let up,’’ said Kessing, vying for a second career Olympic Games berth. ‘’But at the last Olympic trials I made a mistake and fought for every point, and I did the same today.’’

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., are on track for a third consecutive national crown standing first in pairs after the short program with 73.02 points. Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., are second at 66.88 and Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps are third at 63.54.

‘’We’ve had a very rough first half of the competition season so we’re thrilled to have something a little bit closer to what we are capable of,’’ said Moore-Towers. ‘’And we get a little confidence for the rest of the season, and we really needed that.’’

First year partners Vanessa James and Eric Radford are fourth at 63.33.

In the women’s short program, Madeline Schizas of Oakville, Ont., was flawless in her skate to produce a commanding lead with a personal best 72.05 points. Veronik Mallet of Montreal is second at 59.35 and two-time Olympian Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is third at 58.48.

‘’I knew I needed a really good short program to set myself up for the free skate,’’ said the 18-year-old Schizas, 13th in her world championship debut last season which clinched the sole Olympic spot available for Canadian women.

‘’This is a new experience for me, I was novice in the last Olympic year, so I really have to focus on myself here.’’

All four free skates are on Saturday.

Full results: https://skatecanada.ca/2022-canadian-tire-national-skating-championships/#ctnsc-results

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO 2022 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

OTTAWA, ON: With the rapidly escalating situation with the Omicron variant and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Skate Canada has made several difficult decisions in respect of The Canadian Tire National Skating Championships (CTNSC) scheduled to take place from January 6-13, 2022, at TD Place Arena in Ottawa, ON.

Effective immediately:

  1. No live audience will be permitted in the TD Arena for the CTNSC. This means all purchased tickets will be refunded. Only essential accredited people will be allowed in the facility. TD Place will notify each ticket holder, via email, and will process refunds by January 15, 2022.
  2. The Senior Event will run as planned. However, the Gala, scheduled for Sunday, January 9, 2022, has been cancelled.
  3.  Media access will be available virtually. Information will be released to accredited media once available.
  4. The Junior Event will run, however changes to the planned schedule may be necessary. An updated schedule will be released in due course.
  5. The Novice Event will be postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date.

In a joint statement, Skate Canada President, Karen Butcher, and CEO Debra Armstrong commented:

“The health and safety of all participants in the Championships is of paramount importance. We understand this is disappointing for our fans and stakeholders. However, our priority is to preserve the competitions necessary for the selection of teams for the Olympic Winter Games and ISU Championship events.”

Skate Canada appreciates the ongoing support from the figure skating community. The event will be available via live stream on CBC.ca.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION: 2022 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

OTTAWA, ON: The media accreditation application for the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships is now open. The 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will be held in person, and we are pleased to announce that we will be welcoming media members on-site for this event. The event will take place from January 6-13, 2022, in Ottawa, Ont., at The Arena at TD Place.

All media must apply for media accreditation through Skate Canada’s online form. The deadline to apply for accreditation is December 22, 2021.

While Skate Canada plans on hosting media in person for the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, we will continue to monitor the provincial and federal health guidelines and determine on a per event basis whether media will be held in a virtual setting. We encourage our media partners to access the media accreditation form to apply for accreditation for the 2021-2022 season.

Accreditation will be granted to professional media personnel only. Freelance media must provide a letter from the editor of the media outlet they are representing during the time of application. All applications are evaluated on an event-by-event basis and are subject to Skate Canada’s media accreditation guidelines.

Please visit the event page for further event updates.