Canadian ice dancers in medal hunt at ISU Junior Grand Prix

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Sept 13, 2014 (ISN) – AICHI, Japan – Madeline Edwards of Port Moody, B.C., and Zhao Kai of Pang of
Burnaby, B.C., are once again in the medal hunt at an international figure skating
competition after placing second in Saturday’s short dance at the fourth stop on the
ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.

Rachel Parsons and Michael Parson of the U.S., are in first place with 55.71 points
slightly ahead of Edwards and Pang at 55.33. Alla Loboda and Pavel Drodz of Russia
are third at 52.25.

Edwards and Pang were third at the world junior championships last season and opened
the 2014-15 campaign with a silver at the first stop on Junior Grand Prix circuit
last month in France.

Lauren Collins of Minesing, Ont., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver are sixth at
42.52 as they made their international debut as a team.

Two 13-year-olds skated for Canada in the women’s competition which concluded
Saturday. Grace Lin of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., was 12th and Sarah Tamura of
Burnaby, B.C., 14th. Serafima Sakhanovich of Russia won the gold medal.

”I was impressed with how super professional this event was,” said Lin. ”The
atmosphere was great. I was happy with how I skated but I know I can do a lot
better.”

Tamura was also delighted with her experience.

”I know what I need to work on for the next time,” she said. ”I wasn’t pleased
with how I skated but I fought through everything. My goal for this year is to
successfully land all my jumps in the program.”

In Friday’s men’s short program, Nicolas Nadeau of Boisbriand, Que., was 10th.

The free dance and men’s free skate are on Sunday.

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