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Canadians win two medals at ISU Challenger Series event

GRAZ, Austria (November 13, 2022) – Canada won two medals at the 2022 Ice Challenge, a stop on the ISU Challenger Series figure skating circuit which concluded on Sunday.

Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary earned the silver in women’s competition to highlight Canadian performances coming back from sixth spot after the short program. The 16-year-old already has four career international podiums.

Anna Pezzetta of Italy took the event 174.49 points edging the Canadian in second at 172.42. Kimmy Repond of Switzerland was third at 169.35.

Canadian junior champion Justine Miclette of Chambly, Que., second after the short, was fifth at 167.87 and Sara-Maude Dupuis of Montreal 11th out of 29 entries.

In ice dancing, it was a bronze medal and a first career international podium for Lily Hensen and Nathan Lickers of London, Ont., with 155.30.

Emily Bratti and Ian Sommerville of the U.S. won gold with 179.07 and Natacha Lagouge and Arnaud Caffa of France were second at 160.43.

In junior competition, there were only two entries in pairs but Ashlyn Schmitz of Shellbrook, Sask., and Tristan Taylor of Regina were first with 110.69 points.

In women’s junior singles, Fiona Bombardier of Newmarket, Ont., was sixth, Audréanne Foster of Forestville, Que., eighth and Fée Ann Landry of Gatineau, Que., ninth out of 32 entries.

Full results: http://skateaustria.vs91-250-98-130.cloud-he.de/img/competition/8.2022_23/030/index.htm

2022 IceChallenge to Feature Junior and Senior Canadian Skaters

OTTAWA, ON (November 7, 2022) – Canada will be sending a team comprised of both junior and senior athletes to the 2022 IceChallenge, taking place from November 9-13, 2022 in Graz, Austria. A total of ten athletes will be competing in the women’s, pair and ice dance categories over 4 days of competition.   

In senior women, Sara-Maude Dupuis will be looking to build on her excellent results from Skate Canada’s NextGen competition, where she finished first. Canadian Junior Champion Justine Miclette will also be competing in the same event after finishing 8th at the third ISU Junior Grand Prix earlier this season. Kaiya Ruiter, who won two ISU Junior Grand Prix medals in 2021, will be completing the team.  

Fiona Bombardier will be leading the junior women’s team after claiming bronze at the 2022 Egna Spring Trophy earlier this year. She will be joined by Audréanne Foster, who placed 6th at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, as well as Fée Ann Landry. 

In junior pairs, Ashlyn Schmitz & Tristan Taylor will bolster the Canadian team following their breakthrough campaign at the Junior Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia this past September, where the pair won bronze.  

Lily Hensen and Nathan Lickers will be the sole team to represent Canada in ice dance. The duo showed promise last season, finishing 4th at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge and 9th at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.    

Team Canada
Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location 

Junior Women 
Fiona Bombardier | 17 | Newmarket, Ont. | Ken Rose & Danielle Rose | Richmond, Ont.
Audréanne Foster | 18 | Forestville, Que. | Karen Sauvageau & Kim Decelles | Baie-Comeau, Que. 
Fée Ann Landry | 17 | Gatineau, Que. | Guylaine Blouin & Anne-Marie Sauvé | Gatineau, Que.  

Junior Pair 
Ashlyn Schmitz | 16 | Shellbrook, Sask. & Tristan Taylor | 20 | Regina, Sask. | David Schultz & Vicki Schultz | Regina, Sask. 

Senior Women 
Sara-Maude Dupuis | 17 | Montreal, Que. | Stéphane Yvars & Françoise Parisé | Boucherville, Que.
Justine Miclette | 16 | Chambly, Que. | Stéphanie Fiorito & Ian Connolly | Chambly, Que.  
Kaiya Ruiter | 16 | Ottawa, Ont. | Scott Davis | Calgary, Alta.  

Senior Ice dance 
Lily Hensen | 21 | London, Ont. & Nathan Lickers | 21 | London, Ont. | Ilderton, Ont.  

Team Leaders – Andre Bourgeois & Danielle Williams
Medical Staff – Mike McMurray
Officials – Christine Bourdeau & Guylaine Seguin