OTTAWA, ON (September 8, 2022) – After several months of training, ten Canadian figure skaters across men, pair and ice dance will be tackling the first senior competition of the season in a few short days. Athletes will be travelling to Lake Placid, USA to compete at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic from September 12-16, 2022.
17-year-old Wesley Chiu, who finished third at least year’s 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, will be competing in his second-ever senior international event, as will his teammate Stephen Gogolev. Gogolev is expected to be on the athlete watch list after claiming gold at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge and silver at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.
Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland will be competing in the pair discipline after finishing sixth at the 2022 ISU Four Continents Championships® and winning a silver medal at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge. They will be joined by newcomers Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Ethier, who proved to be competitive at both the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and 2022 Skate Canada Challenge, placing sixth and fourth respectively.
Ice dancers Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac will be looking to improve their best international performance that landed them in sixth at the 2022 ISU Four Continents Championships®. Haley Sales and Nikolas Wamsteeker, who took home a silver medal at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge, will be rounding out the team.
The competition starts on Tuesday, September 13, with senior men and pair short programs. More information regarding the event and the complete schedule can be found here.
Name| Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location
Wesley Chiu | 17 | Vancouver, B.C. | Keegan Murphy & Eileen Murphy | Richmond, B.C.
Stephen Gogolev | 17 | Toronto, Ont. | Rafael Arutyunyan & Lee Barkell | Irvine, USA
Lori-Ann Matte | 23 | Lévis, Que. & Thierry Ferland | 25 | Lévis, Que. | Julie Marcotte | Montreal, Que.
Kelly Ann Laurin | 16 | St-Jérôme, Que. & Loucas Ethier | 22 | Deux-Montagnes, Que. | Stéphanie Valois | Rosemère, Que.
Marie-Jade Lauriault | 25 | Ste-Anne-Des-Plaines, Que. & Romain Le Gac | 27 | Laval, Que. | Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon| Ste-Anne-Des-Plaines, Que.
Haley Sales | 25 | Kelowna, B.C. & Nikolas Wamsteeker | 25 | Langley, B.C. | Scott Moir | London, Ont.
Team Leader – Mike Slipchuk
Medical Team – Emma Lis