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Gabrielle Daleman Wins Women’s Event at 2022 Skate Canada Challenge

REGINA – Two-time Olympian Gabrielle Daleman posted the best scores in both the short program and Sunday’s free skate to win the women’s event to conclude the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge.

Daleman, who helped Canada win the gold in the team event at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, earned 173.66 points. Amanda Tobin of Burlington, Ont., was second at 166.35 and Veronik Maillet of Sept-Iles, Que., was third at 162.95.

‘’It’s nowhere near perfect but it’s definitely going in the right direction,’’ said Daleman, at her third competition this season. ‘’It’s nice to be back into this atmosphere of a live audience and live judging and feel how I am with the adrenaline.’’

In ice dancing, Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Brossard, Que., took the title with 179.61 points. Haley Sales and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Burnaby, B.C., followed at 175.31 and Marie-Jade Lauriault of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., and Romain Le Gac of Laval, Que., tops in the free dance, were third at 173.66.

‘’In this performance we were focusing on having a strong connection and we achieved that especially in the free dance,’’ said Ayer, fifth with his partner at the Cup of Austria last month. ‘’We were especially pleased with our stationary lift for which we achieved our levels here.’’

Other winners this week in senior competition were Stephen Gogolev of Toronto for the men and Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., in pairs.

In the last junior event on Sunday, Rio Morito of Toronto took the men’s title.

‘’I felt really good and achieved my goals,’’ said Morito. ‘’I’m working on other elements that I hope will be ready for the future.’’

Other winners in junior were Justine Miclette of Quebec for the women, Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., in pairs and Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., in ice dancing.

The winners in novice competition were David Shteyngart of Ottawa for the men, Kayla Halliday of Brookswood, Alta., for the women, Kaitlyn Ho and Daniel Yu of Alberta in ice dancing and Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov of Winnipeg in pairs.

Skate Canada Challenge is a qualifying event for novice, junior and senior skaters to earn entries to the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, taking place in Ottawa from January 6 to 13, 2022.

This event is also the 2022 Pre-Novice National Championships.

In pre-novice the winners were: Liam Schmidt of Quebec for the men, Megan Woodley of Orillia, Ont., for the women, Alexane Jean and Charly Laliberté-Laurent of Quebec, in pairs and Auréa Cinçon-Debout and Earl Jesse Celestino of Quebec in ice dancing.

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Stephen Gogolev Tops Men’s Field at 2022 Skate Canada Challenge

REGINA – Junior-age standout Stephen Gogolev of Toronto made his mark at the senior level Friday with a victory in the men’s event at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge.

Still only 16, Gogolev won the short program and Friday’s free skate earning 235.47 points. Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, B.C., who tuned 17 in September followed at 205.06, despite ranking third in both programs. Meanwhile 19-year-old Corey Circelli of Toronto moved from ninth after the short to third at 201.33.

Gogolev made national headlines as a junior capped with a victory at the ISU Junior Grand Prix final in 2018 at age 13. On Friday he produced a clean program to a Peter Gabriel medley landing seven jumps including a quad Salchow and two tripe Axels, including one in combination.

‘’I think tonight was a huge step for Stephen,’’ said Gogolev’s coach Lee Barkell. ‘’It was his first time back competing in front of Canadian judges and it’s a great stepping stone heading into national championships in January.’’

Gogolev competed once before this season at the Warsaw Cup ISU Challenger Series event last month placing 11th.

‘’I felt pretty confident coming into this competition,’’ said Gogolev. ‘’I had more time to work on aspects of the program. I might add an element or two at nationals depending on how comfortable I am with them.’’

In pairs, Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., took the gold medal with 176.83 points followed by Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Levis, Que., at 162.97 and Patricia Andrew and Steven Adcock of Brantford, Ont., third at 156.18.

‘’We really wanted to focus on staying together and staying present,’’ said Stellato-Dudek. ‘’A lot of times we get the benefit of being called fighters and coming back in the program but that’s because we are taking one element at a time and not focusing on prior mistakes we potentially had in the program.’’

In junior pairs, Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., representing Ontario, were the winners.

‘’I’m just happy to be back on the ice and back in competition,’’ said McIntosh, who was out two months with an injury. ‘’The last two weeks of training we’re pretty good and we just wanted to go out and duplicate that today.’’

Skate Canada Challenge is a qualifying event for novice, junior and senior skaters to earn entries to the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, taking place in Ottawa, Ont., from January 6 to 13, 2022.

This event is also the the 2022 Pre-Novice National Championships.

The winners in novice competition were: David Shteyngart of Ottawa for the men, Kayla Halliday of Brookswood, Alta., for the women, Kaitlyn Ho and Daniel Yu of Alberta in ice dancing and Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov of Winnipeg in pairs

In pre-novice so far are: Megan Woodley of Orillia, Ont., for the women and Alexane Jean and Charly Laliberté-Laurent of Chambly, Que., in pairs.

Competition continues through to Sunday at Evraz Place in Regina.

More information: https://skatecanada.ca/2022-skate-canada-challenge/#tab-id-7

Regina Welcomes Canadian Skaters for the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge

OTTAWA, ONT: Over 300 skaters from across Canada are en route to Regina, Sask., for the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge. The event will take place from December 1 to December 5, 2021, at Evraz Place.  

Skate Canada Challenge is a qualifying event for novice, junior and senior skaters to earn entries to the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, taking place in Ottawa, Ont., from January 6 to 13, 2022. Skaters qualified for the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge by advancing through their sectional championships. 

This event will also see the crowning of the 2022 Pre-Novice National Champions in men, women, pairs and ice dance. 

Those watching live through our stream or in person will get to see National team members Nam Nguyen, 23, Ajax, Ont., (senior men); Alison Schumacher, 19, Tecumseh, Ont., (senior women); Lori-Ann Matte, 22, and  Thierry Ferland, 25, Lévis, Que., (senior pairs); and Haley Sales, 24, Kelowna, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker, 25, Langley, B.C., (senior ice dance).    

For more information including schedule, entries and start orders, please click here. All events on all three competition rinks will be live streamed and can be accessed through the event page.

All tickets will be sold on-site at Evraz Place. All-Event tickets will be $50 + applicable fees and taxes, and single day tickets will be sold at $25 + applicable fees and taxes. All ticket holders, over the age of 12, will be required to show proof of double vaccination status for a minimum of 14 days or a negative COVID test, not more than 72 hours prior to entry to the venue. For more information on tickets click here.