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Canada’s Junior Skaters travelling to Russia as Junior Grand Prix Continues

OTTAWA, ON: The next stop on the Junior Grand Prix circuit is Karsnoyarsk, Russia. Canada’s medal hunt continues at the fourth stop on the circuit. To date, Canada’s skaters have earned five medals: two gold, two silver and a bronze medal as they continue to vie for spots in the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. Skate Canada will have four entries, for a total of six skaters, competing at the event. There will be one entry in men, one entry in women and two entries in ice dance. This event is scheduled to take place from September 15 to 18, 2021.

Hot off his gold medal win at the Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France is Wesley Chiu, of Richmond, B.C.. Chiu is 16 years old and Canada’s only entry in the men’s discipline at this event. Chiu won silver in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Wesley is coached by Keegan Murphy and Eileen Murphy in Richmond, B.C. 

Lia Pereira, 17, Milton, Ont., is the only entry in women’s discipline for Canada. Pereira captured a bronze medal in junior women at Skate Canada Challenge in 2021. Lia also won silver in Novice Women at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Pereira is coached by Nancy Lemaire and Derek Schmidt. 

Nadiia Bashynska, 17, Ajax, Ont., and Peter Beaumont, 20, Ajax, Ont., are one of two teams representing Canada in ice dance. This team previously won a bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2019. They also took home a gold medal in junior at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International in 2019 and captured a silver medal in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys. 

Emma Goodstadt, 16, Oakville, Ont., and Michael Barsoum, 16, North York, Ont., are the second Canadian ice dance team at this event. Goodstadt and Barsoum won the gold medal in novice ice dance at the Bavarian Open in 2020. This team also won the silver medal at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in novice ice dance. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys.  

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director and Cynthia Ullmark, of Canmore, Alta., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Edward Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., and Physiotherapist Pat Stanziano of Oakville, Ont., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Andrew Bosco of Thorold, Ont., and Patty Klein of Montreal, Que., will be the team officials at the event.  

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.  

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #4 – KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA

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

Women
Lia Pereira (17) / Milton, Ont. / Milton SC / Coached by Nancy Lemaire and Derek Schmidt 

Ice Dance
Nadiia Bashynska (17) and Peter Beaumont (20) / Ajax, Ont. and Ajax, Ont. / Scarboro FSC and Scarboro FSC / Coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys 

Emma Goodstadt (16) and Michael Barsoum (16) / Oakville, Ont. and North York, Ont. / Scarboro FSC and Scarboro FSC / Coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys

Competition continues for Canada’s NextGen Skater’s on the ISU Junior Grand Prix Circuit: Next Stop, Slovakia 

 OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada’s junior skaters are packing their skates and heading to Kosice, Slovakia for the third stop on this year’s ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada’s skaters have been performing well so far, taking home two silver medals at the first Junior Grand Prix two weeks ago in Courchevel, France. As the circuit continues, Canada’s junior skaters vie for a spot in the ISU Junior Grand Prix FinalSkate Canada will have five entries, for a total of eight skaters, competing at the event. There will be one entry in men, one entry in women, two entries in ice dance and one entry in pairs. This event is scheduled to take place from September 1 to 4, 2021.  

Corey Circelli, 18, Toronto, Ont., is the only Canadian in the men’s discipline. Circelli won gold in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is regularly coached by Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson in Toronto, Ont.. Corey’s coach at this event will be Oula Jaaskelainen.
  

Justine Miclette, 15, Chambly, Que., is the only Canadian in the women’s discipline. This is Miclette’s first Junior Grand Prix. Justine is coached by Stéphanie Fiorito in Chambly, Que.  

Natalie D’Alessandro, 17Toronto, Ont. and Bruce Waddell, 19, Toronto, Ont., are one of two teams representing Canada in the ice dance discipline. Natalie and Bruce won bronze at The Bavarian Open in 2020. They also won a silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Egna-Bolanza, Italy in 2019. They are coached by Andrew Hallam, Joey Russell and Tracy Wilson in Toronto, Ont.  
Chloe Nguyen, 16Edmonton, Atla., and Alec Roueche, 19Surrey, B.Care the second team representing Canada in ice dance. This is their first Junior Grand Prix. Nguyen and Roueche are coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing in Burnaby, B.C. 

Meghan Fredette, 19, Gatineau, Que. and William St-Louis, 20, Shawinigan, Que. are the only pairs team representing Canada at this event. This pair won a bronze medal at Skate Canada Challenge 2021. They are coached by Marc-Andre Craig.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director and Manon Perron, Skate Canada High Performance Advisor of Boucherville, Que., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Albert Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont. and Physiotherapist Meaghan Shewchuk of Lloydminster, Alta., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Véronique Gosselin of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que, and Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., will be the team officials at the event.  

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.  

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #3 – KOSICE, SLOVKIA

Men
Corey Circelli (18) / Toronto, Ont. / Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club/ Coached by Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson

Women
Justine Miclette (15) / Chambly, Que. / CPA Chambly / Coached by Stéphanie Fiorito

Ice Dance
Natalie D’Alessandro (17) and Bruce Waddell / Toronto, Ont. and Toronto, Ont. / Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club and Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club / Coached by: Andrew Hallam, Joey Russel and Tracey Wilson

Chloe Nguyen (16) and Alec Roueche (19) / Edmonton, Atla. And Surrey, B.C. / Ice Palace FSC and Champs International Skating Centre of British Columbia / Coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing

Pairs
Meghan Fredette (19) and William St-Louis (20) / Gatineau, Que. And Shawnigan, Que. / CPA Buckingham and CPA Ook Pic de Grand-Mèr / Coached by Marc-Andre Craig

Canada’s Kaiya Ruiter wins a Bronze Medal and Captures A Second Junior Grand Prix Medal

COURCHEVEL, France – It’s two weeks in a row that Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary, Alta, Junior Canadian Champion has captured a medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Ruiter was ranked third overall after her short program on Thursday. After a solid free skate on Friday, Ruiter has won a bronze medal with a total of 179.92 points, at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France. This is Ruiter’s second Junior Grand Prix medal this season. Kaiya captured a silver medal at last weekend’s Junior Grand Prix, also in Courchevel, France.

“I’m so proud of myself.” said Ruiter. “Just getting to practice and compete with some incredible skaters has been just incredible and I feel really excited about that.“

Isabeau Levito of the U.S. took gold with 202.35 points, followed by Chaeyeon Kim of Korea, capturing silver with 191.46 points.

In Ice Dance, Canada’s Chaima Ben Khelifa of Laval, Que. and Everest Zhu, of Contestogo, Ont. are currently ranked eight after their rhythm dance with 48.30 points. Currently sitting in first place is, Isabella Flores and Dimitry Tsarevski of the U.S. with 60.56 points. They are followed by another U.S. team, Oona Brown and Gage Brown with 59.79 points and Eva Bernarda and Tom Jochum of France are currently in third with 55.03 points.

Canadian Ice Dance team Miku Makita of Anmore, B.C. and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C, withdrew from the competition.

In medal contention is Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C. Wesley is currently in first place after the men’s short program. Chiu has a strong 13.03 point lead. Edward Appleby of Great Britain is currently in second with 63.23 pts and in third position is Arlet Levandi of Estonia with 61.73 points.

Competition ends Saturday with the free skates for men and ice dancing.
Full results: www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgpfra22021/

 

 

Canadian ice dancers snare silver to conclude first ISU Junior Grand Prix

COURCHEVEL, France – Miku Makita of Annmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C. won the silver medal in ice dancing on Saturday to conclude the first stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

It was a first Junior Grand Prix medal in four appearances for the Canadian couple which joined forces in 2016. It was also Canada’s second silver of the competition. On Friday Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary took silver in the women’s event.

In ice dancing, Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen of the U.S. took the gold with 165.01 points followed by Makita and Gunara in second at 149.39. Hannah Lim and Ye Quan of South Korea were third at 144.27.

‘’We came back here in the long and did what we wanted to do,’’ said Makita. ‘’We trained really hard to be well prepared to deal with the altitude here.’’

Makita and Gunara, fifth at the Youth Olympics and eighth at the world juniors in early 2020, earned level fours in their Tango for their combination spin, straight line lift and rotational lift.

‘’It was weird competing again after a year and half and having judges on the panel and people watching you,’’ said Gunara.

Hailey Yu and Brendan Giang of Burnaby, B.C., climbed to eighth from ninth with their free skate.

‘’We just wanted to think back to our training and be as confident as we could,’’ said Giang. ‘’I wish we would have felt this normal as we did in our free dance, in the rhythm dance but overall it was pretty good for the first time this season.’’

It was a 1-2 American finish in men’s competition. Ilia Malinin took the gold with 214.64, Lucas Broussard was second at 192.31 and François Pitot of France third at 182.26.

Pitot edged Canadian junior champion Corey Circelli of Toronto in fourth by a mere 0.09 points. Circelli fell on his opening triple Axel and struggled in his skate after an impressive short program to stand second on Thursday.

‘’It was definitely a tough one today,’’ admitted Circelli. ‘’I’m still trying to process what happened. I think all the management around the competition I need to get use to again.’’

Courchevel will also be the second stop on the circuit this upcoming Thursday to Saturday.

http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgpfra2021/

Canada’s Kaiya Ruiter wins silver medal at season opening ISU Junior Grand Prix

COURCHEVEL, France – Canadian junior champion Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary produced a flawless performance in the women’s free skate Friday to win the silver medal as the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating season kicked off in the French Alps.

‘’I’m so excited,’’ said Ruiter. ‘’Just to come here to Courchevel and perform in front of a live crowd was really special.’’

Lindsay Thorngren of the U.S. took the gold with 181.45 points followed by the 15-year-old Canadian in second at 177.60. Clare Seo of the U.S., the leader after Thursday’s short program was third at 174.80.

Ruiter was third after her short. In the free skate to music from Mulan, she landed all her seven jumps including one triple combination and two double combos. There were 22 entries.

‘’The program is about strength and determination. I just wanted to go out there and skate a personal best and give everything I have,’’ she said. ‘’I enjoyed the whole thing, from the second I got on the ice to the second I got off.’’

In ice dancing, Miku Makita of Annmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C. are in second spot after the rhythm dance with 57.41 points. Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen of the U.S. have built a solid lead with 64.75 while Katerina Mrazkova and Daniel Mrazek of the Czech Republic are third at 57.04.

The Canadians, together since 2016, are chasing their first medal in four ISU Junior Grand Prix appearances. They were fifth at the Youth Olympics and eighth at the world junior championships in early 2020.

Hailey Yu and Brendan Giang of Burnaby, B.C., are ninth at 44.84.

Canada is also in medal contention in men’s competition. Canadian junior champion Corey Circelli of Toronto stands second after Thursday’s short program with 76.63. Ilia Malinin of the U.S. leads at 80.07 and Lucas Broussard of the U.S. is third at 62.65.

Competition ends Saturday with the free skates for men and ice dancing.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgpfra2021/

Canada’s NextGen Skaters Head to France to kick off 2021-2022 ISU Junior Grand Prix 

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada’s junior skaters are excited to get back to competition, kicking off the 20212022 skating season with the ISU Junior Grand Prix Series. The first stop of seven, on this year’s circuit will be in Courchevel, France. Along the way, Canada’s top junior skaters will compete against the world for a coveted spot at the ISU Junior Grand Prix FinalSkate Canada will have four entries, for a total of six skaters, competing at the event. There will be one entry in men, one entry in women, and two entries in ice dance at the competition. This event is scheduled to take place from August 18-21, 2021.  

Corey Circelli, 18, Toronto, Ont., is the only Canadian in the men’s discipline. Circelli won gold in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson in Toronto, Ont..  

Kaiya Ruiter, 15, Calgary, Alta., is the only Canadian in the women’s discipline. Ruiter won gold in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She also won gold in junior at the 2020 Bavarian Open. She is coached by Scott Davis and Jeff Langdon in Calgary, Alta.  

Miku Makita, 18, Annmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara, 19, Burnaby, B.C., are one of two ice dance teams representing Canada at this event. The team finished fifth at the 2020 Youth Winter Olympic Games. They are coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing in Burnaby, B.C.  

Hailey Yu, 16, Burnaby, B.C., and Brendan Giang, 18, Burnaby, B.C., will also represent Canada in the ice dance discipline. This ice dance team won a bronze medal in the novice division at the Bavarian Open in 2020. They are coached by Aaron Lowe and Meghan Wing in Burnaby, B.C.  

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director and Carolyn Allwright of Waterloo, Ont., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Meaghan Shewchuk of Lloydminster, Alta., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Susan Morriss of Victoria, B.C, and Erica Topolski of Fredericton, N.B., will be the team officials at the event.  

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.  

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #1 – COURCHEVEL, FRANCE 

DISCIPLINE  NAME  AGE  HOMETOWN  CLUB  COACH 
 

Men 

 

Corey Circelli 

 

18 

 

Toronto, Ont. 

Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club   

Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson 

 

Women 

Kaiya Ruiter   

15 

 

Calgary, Alta. 

 

The Glencoe Club   

Scott Davis and 

Jeff Langdon 

 

Ice Dance 

Miku Makita / Tyler Gunara   

18/19 

 

Annemore, B.C. /  Burnaby, B.C. 

 

Inlet Skate Club of Port Moody 

 

Aaron Lowe and Meghan Wing 

 

Ice Dance 

Hailey Yu / Brendan Giang   

16/18 

 

Burnaby, B.C. / Burnaby, B.C.  

Inlet SC / Champs International Skating Centre of B.C. 

 

Aaron Lowe and Meghan Wing