Canadian pairs and ice dance staff win gold at Skate Canada Worldwide – Crew Canada

Ora Sawyers

THE CANADIAN Push/Darryl Dyck

Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps executed a commanding no cost skate to secure the gold medal in the pairs opposition at Skate Canada International in Vancouver. Competing in their first occasion this year, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier delivered a flawless free dance to convey dwelling ice dance gold for the fourth calendar year in a row.

Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps scored a personalized most effective of 142.34 in their no cost skate to the theme from “Interview with a Vampire” to win gold. This is their next gold medal from the ISU Grand Prix Sequence, but their to start with at Skate Canada.

Their whole rating of 214.64 secured gold by 26.86 points in excess of the Hungarian crew of Maria Pavlova and Alexei Sviatchenko who took silver (187.78). The Italian crew of Lucrezia Beccari and Matteo Guarise captured bronze (181.42).

The Canadian pair were hungry for the podium after finishing fourth in their worlds debut previous calendar year. 

“I’m very happy with today’s functionality which is a rarity for me,” laughed Stellato-Dudek pursuing their general performance. “It’s nonetheless early in the time, but we have been ready for a effectiveness like this for many years. We have been ill of it past calendar year and by no means skating even shut to a thoroughly clean extended plan, so we worked really difficult to be capable to put this out these days.”

Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Éthier enhanced on their short system general performance the place they had been sitting in seventh, to complete the competitiveness in fifth place all round and a overall rating of 168.12. Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar concluded sixth total with a complete score of 166.00.

On Friday, Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps completed to start with in the small program soon after putting up a score of 72.25. It was the first time the pair have competed in 5 weeks. They opened their period with a massive victory at the Autumn Classic in mid-September as they defeated the reigning globe champions, Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan, alternatively handily at the ISU Challenger Series function. 

Gilles and Poirier done a moving no cost dance to music from “Wuthering Heights” to acquire their first gold of the season with an over-all rating of 219.01. Terrific Britain’s Lilah Anxiety and Lewis Gibson and Lithuania’s Saulius Ambrulevicius and Allison Reed retained their positions from the rhythm dance to capture silver (209.55) and bronze (192.01) respectively.

“This has been these types of a successful opposition for us,” claimed Poirier. “We’ve been equipped to debut both of those of our new programs which has been actually enjoyable just to place them out there in the world. We’re proud of how we skated and contained our nerves, and we’re both really looking forward to improving on both of those of these skates as we go via the year.”

To date, the Canadians have medalled seven instances at Skate Canada Worldwide.

Alicia Fabbri and Paul Ayer concluded seventh with a rating of 173.34, even though Molly Lanaghan and Dmitre Razgulajevs put ninth.

On Friday, the Canadians recorded the greatest rhythm dance rating so far this time, publishing 87.55 points. The rhythm system was Piper’s initial time competing considering that sharing her ovarian cancer prognosis. 

“I don’t imagine there was at any time a assumed of me not continuing,” explained Gilles. “If anything, it pushed me much more to do it. Skating has come to be a section of my existence and grow to be a excellent distraction from all the health and fitness troubles I have long gone via.”

Gilles stated that very last year’s Skate Canada Global was the celebration where by she commenced experience ill, which added to the want to return and compete this weekend.

In the women’s competitiveness, 2023 Canadian Winner Madeline Schizas bounced again from her limited method on Friday with a flawless absolutely free skate. Her performance attained her the second-best rating of the day, which noticed her shift from eighth to fourth general with a whole rating of 189.91. Her absolutely free skate rating of 132.47 is a new individual greatest and season’s most effective score.

“I’m feeling really good. I was really unhappy right after my short yesterday, but I was capable to pull it collectively in the free to place up a truly massive rating which is what I was really seeking for. I know I can skate a good limited, but often the free gets absent from me so I was genuinely happy,” stated Schizas.

Kaiya Ruiter and Sara-Maude Dupuis, who are both producing their senior grand prix debuts, finished 10th (155.44) and 11th (151.95) general.

The men’s level of competition closed out the party on Saturday night time. Wesley Chiu led the Canadian men’s efforts with a total score of 221.54 for seventh position. 2023 Canadian Championships silver medallist Conrad Orzel finished 10th following posting 213.12 in general and Aleksa Rakic finished 12th with a overall score of 189.38.

Skate Canada Worldwide is the next level of competition in the yearly International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Collection. Subsequent up, Canadian skaters will travel to Angers for the Grand Prix de France getting area from November 3 – 5, 2023. 

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