On Saturday at Skate America, Canada began the ISU Grand Prix figure skating Skate Canada International season with two medals in pairs.
Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil, Que., claimed silver with a personal international best 197.89 points, trailing winners Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier of the United States by fewer than four points. This performance was also five points more than their previous month’s gold medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy ISU Challenger Series event.
Stellato-first Dudek’s senior Grand Prix medal came 22 years after her Grand Prix debut as a singles skater. Stellato, 39, who resigned from singles skating at the age of 17 owing to hip issues, returned to pairs skating in 2016.
“We wanted to enhance our score as well as some of the levels from the last event,” Stellato-Dudek explained. “Right after Four Continents, we devised a plan for the entire six months until we competed again, and I believe that’s the difference everyone notices.”
In the eight-team field, Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Éthier took bronze with a total of 156.94, a personal international high.
“We are overjoyed because we had no expectations here,” Éthier stated. “Our performance in the short program motivated us. We got a chance, and we took use of it to demonstrate our abilities.”
Ilia Malinin of the United States won the men’s competition with a score of 280.37 after finishing fourth in the short. The 17-year-old is the event’s youngest-ever men’s champion. He landed the quad Axel for the second time this season, making him the only skater to ever do so. Kao Miura of Japan took silver with 273.19 points, and Junhwan Cha of South Korea finished third with 264.05. Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., finished fifth with a season-best 225.41, and 17-year-old Wesley Chiu of Vancouver was sixth with 219.90.
“Overall, it was a step up from my previous competition,” said Sadovsky, who finished third at the Nebelhorn Trophy. “There were several aspects at Nebelhorn that could have been better, and I intend to improve on those at my next event.”
The ISU Grand Prix circuit will stop in Mississauga, Ontario this week for the 48th edition of Skate Canada International, following a spectacular weekend at Skate America that saw Canadians capture three medals. From October 28 to 30, some of the world’s best skaters, including Shoma Uno, Young You, Lilah Fear, Lewis Gibson, Riku Miura, Ryuichi Kihara, and fifteen of Canada’s top prospects, will battle for a spot on the podium at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
The men’s team will feature three players, including veteran and two-time Olympian Keegan Messing. Messing is the current Canadian champion and has had a fantastic season, capturing gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy. Conrad Orzel, who finished 11th at the Finlandia Trophy, and Stephen Gogolev, who finished 9th at the US International Figure Skating Classic, will join him.
Madeline Schizas and Gabrielle Daleman will compete for Canada in the women’s field. Schizas, the women’s gold medalist at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, began the competition season in fifth place at the Nebelhorn Trophy. Gabrielle Daleman, a teammate, will compete in her debut international event following an outstanding domestic season in which she won gold at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge and bronze at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.
Canada will send two young but solid teams in the pair discipline, with Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar aiming for the top step of the podium. The duo, who came third at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships last season, had a breakthrough start to their first senior season earlier this month, winning bronze at the 2022 Finlandia Trophy. Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Éthier will also compete in the event after winning bronze at Skate America over the weekend.
Canada will have three Olympic ice dance teams. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, the 2021 Skate Canada International gold medalists, will try to defend their title after a stellar 2021-2022 season in which they won the Canadian title. Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha, who won two gold medals this year at the Ondrej Nepela Memorial and the Budapest Trophy, will also be strong candidates for the crown. Finally, due to injury, Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac, who won bronze at Skate America, will take the place of Miku Makita and Tyler Gunara.
Where to watch the 2022 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Skate Canada International and Time:
On Friday, October 28th, each discipline will perform its short program/rhythm dance. On Saturday, October 29, all medals will be awarded as all disciplines perform their free program/free dance.
Broad Live: Skate Canada International (try it free)
The exhibition gala finishes the event on Sunday. The event will be televised live in Canada on skatecanada.ca.
2022 Skate Canada International Canada’s National Team
Name | Age | Town | Coach | Training Site
Madeline Schizas | 19 | Oakville, Ont. | Nancy Lemaire & Derek Schmidt | Milton, Ont. Gabrielle Daleman | 24 | Newmarket, Ont. | Lee Barkell | Toronto, Ont.
Rafael Arutyunyan & Lee Barkell | Irvine, USA | Stephen Gogolev | 17 | Toronto, Ont.
Ralph Burghart | Anchorage, USA | Keegan Messing | 30 | Girdwood, USA
Conrad Orzel | 22 years old | Toronto, Ontario | Ravi Walia | Edmonton, Alberta
Kelly Ann Laurin | 16 | St-Jérôme, Que. | Stéphanie Valois | Rosemère, Que. & Loucas Éthier | 22 | Deux-Montagnes, Que.
Brooke McIntosh | 17 | Toronto, Ont., and Benjamin Mimar | 21 | Terrebonne, Que.
Piper Gilles | 30 | Toronto, Ontario & Paul Poirier | 30 | Unionville, Ontario | Carol Lane & Juris Razgulajevs | Scarborough, Ontario
& Zachary Lagha | 23 | Saint-Hubert, Que. | Romain Haguenauer | Montreal, Que. Marjorie Lajoie | 21 | Boucherville, Que.
Marie-Jade Lauriault | 25 | Ste-Anne-Des-Plaines, Que. & Romain Le Gac | 27 | Laval, Que. | Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon
Carolyn Allwright and Cynthia Ullmark are the team leaders, and Tatiana Jevremovic and Agnes Makowski are the medical team members.
Andrea Derby, Veronique Gosselin, Janice Hunter, and Lorna Schroder were the officials.