Figure skating: double gold for Canada

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Sept 5, 2014 (INS) – Two golden skates for Canada at ISU Junior Grand Prix


OSTRAVA, Czech Republic Canada won the gold medal in pairs and ice
dancing on Friday at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure
skating circuit.

The winners were Mackenzie Bent of Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen of
Oshawa, Ont., in ice dancing and Julianne Séguin of Longueuil, Que., and
Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., in pairs.

In ice dancing, Bent and MacKeen collected their second career junior
Grand Prix win and fourth podium overall with a 138.17 score. The overall
and free program scores were international bests for the Canadians.
Betina Popova and Yuri Vlasenko of Russia were second at 131.42 and
Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter of the U.S., third at 130.79.

We delivered what been doing in training and that™s very
pleasing, said Bent, 17. It wasnt a perfect skate but we
headed into this competition confident with both programs.

Last year, the couple saw a super season end on a sour note with a 12th
place finish at the junior world championships.

Obviously it was important for us to get off on the right track this
season said MacKeen, 20. weve come in this season with
some changes including two different programs and so far its really
worked out.

Danielle Wu and Spencer Soo of Burnaby, B.C., were sixth.

In pairs, Séguin and Bilodeau delivered a near-flawless performance to
music from Peter Gabriel to win the gold with 159.40 points. Lina
Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin of Russia were second at 144.62 and their
compatriots Kamilla Gainetdinova and Sergei Alexeev third at 134.43.

We worked really hard for this so we are not totally
surprised,said Séguin, 17. We knew we had improved a lot
from last season. We felt in control of our program and landing the
side-by-side jump early in the program gave us a lot of confidence.

The pair joined forces last season and produced two top-five finishes in
the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit and were second at junior nationals.
This season they want to start making noise at the senior level

We want to skate like a senior pair team this year,said

Bilodeau, 21. Last year, we focused on developing chemistry on the
ice. Now we’ve expanded to display emotion and maturity as well, and
this program helps us do that.

Canada has another medal contender in mens competition as Roman
Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., grabbed the lead after an excellent short
program on Friday earning 67.51 points. Alexander Samarin of Russia is
second at 62.42 and Sei Kawahara of Japan stands third at 60.55.

In women competition after Thursdays short program, Kim
DeGuise-Léveillée of Sorel-Tracy, Que., is 10th.

Competition ends Saturday with the men’s and women’s free skates.