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David Li Highlights Four-Medal Day for Canadian Figure Skaters

EGNA, Italy – David Li of Vancouver highlighted a four-medal medal day for Canada with the gold medal in the men’s novice event on Friday at the Egna Spring Trophy figure skating competition.

Li was first after the short program and hung on to top spot with the second-best free skate totalling 126.82 points. Krik Haugeto of the U.S. took the silver with 124.23 and David Bondar of Richmond Hill, Ont., won the bronze with 118.08.

‘’After holding back a bit at my previous competitions, I just decided to go for it here,’’ said Li, 14. ‘’I thought travelling without my parents for the first time would affect me, but it didn’t really feel that different.’’

Bondar, 15, was also pleased to get on the podium in his overseas debut.

‘’There were some minor errors on some jumps but other than that I felt my presentation was a little bit better than it use to be and that made a big difference in my final score,’’ he said. ‘’I learned that it’s not all about jumping.’’

Edward Nicholas Vasii of Montreal made it three Canadians in the top-five placing fifth at 111.58. There were 12 entries.

Hetty Shi of Mississauga, Ont., added a silver in women’s novice. Mao Shimada of Japan won the gold with 160.68. Shi, moved from fourth after the short, to reach the podium with 128.05.

Amanda Ghezzo of Italy was third at 118.33, Kara Yun of Vancouver fourth at 117.97 and Lulu Lin of Oakville, Ont., eighth.

‘’I would have wanted to do the triple toe after the Axel but it was overall OK,’’ said Shi, 13. ‘’I was happy that some of the little things I worked on in training like my facial expressions were much better.’’

Fiona Bombardier of Newmarket, Ont., also made an impressive comeback to win the bronze in the women’s junior event.

Anna Pezzetta of Italy was first with 172.96, Hannah Herrera of the U.S. was second at 154.28 and Bombardier surged from sixth after the short to produce the second-best free skate and take third at 151.82.

‘’I’m super excited,’’ said Bombardier, 16, about her international debut. ‘’The score was satisfying, and I accomplished my goals.’’

Abbie Balzter of Hamilton was sixth.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

Full results: https://www.fisg.it/upload/result/5612/online/index.htm

 

Canada’s Future Stars Travel to Egna, Italy

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have a total of 11 skaters competing at the 2022 Egna Spring Trophy in Egna, Italy. Canada will have two entries in junior men, three entries in junior women, three entries in novice men and three entries in novice women. The event will take place April 7-10, 2022.  

Grayson Long, 14, Toronto, Ont., will be the first entry in junior men. Long finished second at both the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge and 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.   

David Shteyngart, 16, Ottawa, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in junior men. Domestically Shteyngart competed at the novice level. At both the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge and 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Shteyngart captured gold. He is coached by Darlene Jospeh in Ottawa, Ont. 

Abbie Balzter, 13, Hamilton, Ont., will be the first of three entries for Canada in junior women. Balzter competed at the novice level for the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships where she came in third place. Balzter is coached by Jen Jackson and Bryce Davison in Hamilton, Ont.  

Fiona Bombardier, 16, Newmarket, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in junior women. Bombardier had a promising 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships where she came in second taking home the silver medal in the junior women’s event. She is coached by Ken Rose in Richmond, Ont.  

Angelina Grant, 13, Edmonton, Alta., is the third and final entry in junior women. Grant competed at the novice level for the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge where she placed second. Grant also took part in the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships where she placed eighth. She is coached by Katherine Co-Grant in Edmonton, Alta.   

David Bondar, 15, Richmond Hill, Ont., is the first Canadian entry in novice men. Domestically Bondar has had two top five placements as he finished second at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge and fifth at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Bondar is coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski in Richmond Hill, Ont.  

David Li, 14, Vancouver, B.C., will be the second entry in novice men.  Li had a good Skate Canada Challenge where he brought home a bronze medal. Li is coached by Eileen Murphy and Keegan Murphy and in Richmond, B.C.  

Edward Nicholas Vasii, 15, Montreal, Que., is the third and final Canadian entry in novice men. Nicholas Vasii placed in the top four at both the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge and the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Yvan Desjardins in Montreal, Que.  

Hetty Shi, 13, Mississauga, Ont will be the first Canadian entry in novice women. Shi claimed top spot on the podium at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Shi also finished seventh at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge. Shi is coached by Andrew Evens, Paul Parkinson and Laurisa Wyant in Mississauga, Ont.   

Lulu Lin, 13, Oakville, Ont., is the second entry for Canada in novice women. Lin had two top 10 placements at the junior level at both the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge. Lin is coached by Paul Parkinson and Andrew Evans in Mississauga, Ont.   

Kara Yun, 13, Vancouver, B.C., is the final Canadian entry for novice women. Yun captured two medals domestically as she finished second at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and third at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge. She is coached by Joanne McLeod and Neil Wilson in Vancouver, B.C.  

Manon Perron, Skate Canada High Performance Advisor, and Andre Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, will be the team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Emma Lis will be the Canadian medical staff on site. Laura Carr of Kelowna, B.C., will be the Canadian official at the event.