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Seven Canadians Kick Off ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Las Vegas

Seven Canadians Kick Off ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Las Vegas  

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have four entries for a total of seven skaters competing at Skate America 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canada will have one entry in men, one entry in pairs and two entries in ice dance. This is the first event in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and the event takes place from October 22 to 24, 2021.    

Nam Nguyen, 23, Ajax, Ont., will be the lone Canadian entry in men. Nguyen finished second at the 2021 Skate Canada Challenge and finished sixth at the 2020 ISU Four Continents Championships. He is coached by Robert Burk, Danielle Rose and Ken Rose in Richmond Hill, Ont.   

Evelyn Walsh, 20, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 25, Trenton, Ont., will be the only Canadian entry in pairs. Last season, Walsh and Michaud placed twelfth at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.  They are coached by Alison Purkiss, Andrew Evans and Paul Macintosh in Brantford, Ont.   

Laurence Fournier Beaudry, 29, Montreal, Que., and Nikolaj Sørensen, 32, Montreal, Que., are the first Canadian entry in ice dance. They finished second at the 2021 Lombardia Trophy in Bergamo, Italy and placed eighth at the 2021 ISU World Figure Skating Championships They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Que. 

Carolane Soucisse, 26, Châteauguay, Que., and Shane Firus, 27, North Vancouver, BC., are the second entry in ice dance. This season they finished eleventh at the 2021 Finlandia Trophy and fifth at the 2021 Autum Classic International. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs in Toronto, Ont.  

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director and Cynthia Ullmark, of Canmore, Alta., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Paige Larson of North Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Lynne Dey, Edmonton, Alta., and Erica Topolski, Fredericton, N.B., will be the team officials at the event.   

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING
SKATE AMERICA – LAS VEGAS, USA 

MEN
Nam Nguyen (23) / Ajax, Ont. / Richmond Hill Training Centre / Coached by Robert Burk, Danielle Rose, and Ken Rose 

PAIRS
Evelyn Walsh (20) and Trennt Michaud (25) / London, Ont., and Trenton, Ont. / Brantford Skating Club and Trenton Skating Club / Coached by Alison Purkiss, Andrew Evans and Paul Macintosh 

ICE DANCE
Laurence Fournier Beaudry (29) and Nikolaj Sørensen (32) / Montreal, Que. / Town of Mount Royal FSC / Coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain and Haguenauer  

Carolane Soucisse (26) and Shane Firus (27) / Châteauguay, Que. and North Vancouver, BC. / CPA Repentigny / Coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs 

Silver for Canadians Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen at Lombardia Trophy

BERGAMO, Italy – Montreal ice dancers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen held on to the silver medal position after Sunday’s free dance to conclude the Lombardia Trophy figure skating competition, the first stop on the ISU’s Challenger Series circuit.

The top-three remained unchanged after Saturday’s rhythm dance. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy took the gold at 205.35, the Canadians followed at 185.26 and Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin of Spain were third at 180.98.

‘’Not the best free dance today, there were some small mistakes,’’ said Sorensen, also a silver medallist here with Fournier-Beaudry in 2019. ‘’But it’s still early in the season and we are just going to build from here. The feedback we got from here are both programs are really good.’’

Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary, ninth at the world juniors in 2019, took 12th spot.

‘’It was really amazing to get back competing,’’ said Fabbri. ‘’It’s been two years since an international event. Things started feeling normal again with the competitors around and the judges. And, of course, having some fans gives a boost to the performance.’’

Full results: https://www.fisg.it/upload/result/5536/index.html

Canadians Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen stand second at Lombardia Trophy

BERGAMO, Italy – Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen of Montreal stand second after the rhythm dance at the Lombardia Trophy figure skating competition, the first stop on the ISU Challenger Series.

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy are first with 82.05 points, the Canadians follow at 76.64 and Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin of Spain are third at 72.65.

Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen were a career-high eighth at the word championships this past spring and won four medals in international competition in 2019 including a silver at the Lombardia Trophy.

Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary, ninth at the world juniors in 2019, are ninth at 64.77.

The free dance is on Sunday.

Full results: https://www.fisg.it/upload/result/5536/index.html

Athlete Spotlight: Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Sorensen

Laurence Fournier Beaudry

Q: Who or what is your biggest motivation?
Laurence: The desire to learn.

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
Laurence: Chris Hemsworth

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life and why?
Laurence: Wonder Woman. I admire how strong she is.

Q: What song would be the theme song for your life?
Laurence: Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Laurence: When people spend more time on their phone during dinner or brunch than they do interacting with the people present at the table. And when people are late or make me run late because I’m waiting for them.

Nikolaj Sorensen

Q: What is the best advice that you were given?
Nikolaj: “Patience is a virtue” or “Trust the process”

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Nikolaj: For people to tell me how to cook when I’m preparing dinner or when people point out something you should have done, but it’s already in the past.

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life and why?
Nikolaj: Batman, obviously because he is the baddest of them all!

Q: What song would be the theme song for your life?
Nikolaj: Shut up and Dance by Walk the Moon

Q: What skating club taught you to skate? (the club you took CanSkate at)?
Nikolaj: I learned how to skate in Copenhagen, Denmark as a young boy but I’m teaching the CanSkate at clubs in Montreal and it’s fantastic being able to help and develop young kids. It’s a great way to learn how to skate.