Canadian Pair and Ice Dance Teams Golden all over again at Cup of China

Ora Sawyers

Chongqing, China (November 11, 2023) – It was a golden weekend for Canadian ice dance skaters Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and pair skaters Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps who both received gold yet again at the ISU Grand Prix Cup of China that wrapped up Saturday in Chongqing, China. Both teams also received gold at Skate Canada Worldwide in early November.

Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha also captured silver in the ice dance levels of competition. All a few teams have now competent for the ISU Grand Prix Final which will choose position in Beijing, China in early December.

Gilles of Toronto, Ont., and Poirier of Unionville, Ont., have been sitting in second powering Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Lagha of Saint-Hubert, Que., just after the rhythm dance on Friday, but rebounded on Saturday with a strong free dance to score 126.79 points for a complete of 207.83 factors to acquire the gold.

“It was an attention-grabbing 7 days listed here,” explained Gilles. “The rhythm dance did not go as planned which was high-priced, but I think what we were being definitely going for was stronger power and a stronger effectiveness – I believe I obtained a tiny carried absent with that and issues transpired, but I assume we’re definitely happy of what we did total. There is even now more we can do technically to prepare for Beijing but we’re definitely joyful.”

Lajoie and Lagha set new individual finest scores for both equally their rhythm and absolutely free skates to overall 206.02 details – profitable their 2nd silver medal on the ISU Grand Prix circuit this year. Caroline Inexperienced and Michael Parsons of the United states of america took the bronze with a full rating of 189.33.

“It was a excellent week for us,” reported Lajoie. “The rhythm dance was really incredible, we have been incredibly, quite delighted. The free of charge dance was a little bit a lot more complicated but we’re pleased with how we dealt with it. All round, it was a incredibly good 7 days for us.”

Stellato-Dudek of Chicago, United states of america and Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., battled through tiredness to win their third straight gold medal of the time in the pair competition with a overall score of 201.48. Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini of Italy captured silver (191.00), though Cheng Peng and Lei Wang of China took bronze (178.06).

“It’s been a extensive 3 months, and every little thing was a battle nowadays. This week was to test our psychological and physical toughness considering the fact that I understood it was heading to be tricky, and it was,” laughed Stellato-Dudek adhering to the level of competition.

Madeline Schizas of Oakville, Ont., concluded fifth in the women’s opposition with a total score of 179.58. Hana Yoshida and Rinka Watanabe of Japan had a struggle for gold with Yoshida taking the acquire immediately after she set a new personal best score in the totally free skate to consider the gain by just .75 points. Her closing complete rating was 203.97 to Watanabe’s 203.22. Loena Hendrickx of Belgium was in the guide following the quick method but fell to third immediately after her absolutely free plan to close the working day with a full rating of 201.49.

Subsequent up for Canadian skaters on the ISU Grand Prix circuit is the Grand Prix Espoo getting place in Espoo, Finland from November 17-19, 2023.

For whole final results be sure to click on right here: results/season2324/gpchn2023/

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