Aug 23,2014(ISN) – COURCHEVEL, France – Madeline Edwards of Port Moody, B.C., and Zhao Kai Pang of
Burnaby, B.C., won the silver medal in a close ice dance battle on Saturday to
conclude the first stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.
Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd of Russia took gold with 132.44 points. Edwards and
Pang followed at 129.62 and Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov of Russia were
third at 121.41.
”We are extremely happy with how we skated,” said Edwards, 18, in her seventh
season with Pang. ”We were really comfortable and relaxed which is a feeling we
really wanted to improve over last season.”
The Canadians held a slight lead over Loboda and Drozd after Friday’s short dance
and skated third to last on Saturday.
”We felt it was possible our score could hold,” said Edwards. ”But still
anything can happen, the talent here is very deep. The result was something we were
trying not to be overly worried about at this point in the season. We just wanted
this new program to show our maturity and personalities.”
Edwards and Pang were third at the junior world championships last year and
Saturday’s performance was their fifth career medal on the circuit.
”Our big objective is to return to the world juniors and hopefully improve our
result,” said Pang, 19. ”This is exactly the kind of start we wanted to our
international season. What stood out for me wasn’t any particular move but the
energy we displayed from start to finish.”
Melinda Meng and Andrew Meng of Montreal were seventh.
In the men’s final; Bennet Toman of St-Lazare, Que., and Daniel-Olivier
Boulanger-Trottier of Montreal were 12th and 13th. Both were making their
international debuts. June Hyoung Lee of South Korea won the gold medal.
The second stop on the circuit is August 28-30 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.