Weekend roundup: Chartrand, Blondin breakthrough; beach dominance & more

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Canadian figure skating witnessed a breakthrough performance this weekend with Alaine Chartrand winning bronze in the ladies’ event at the ISU Grand Prix stop in Moscow./p>

Moscow podium

.@AlaineChartrand wins bronze medal at Grand Prix #CoR14 http://t.co/H5YRRU6Opopic.twitter.com/TZD2VBCrLG

— Skate Canada (@SkateCanada) November 15, 2014

Chartrand was leading after the short program with a score of 61.18 ahead of eventual gold and silver medallists Rika Hongo of Japan (59.85) and Russian Anna Pogorilaya (59.32).

In the free skate portion, Chartrand under-rotated three jumps and was deducted for a wrong edge on a triple flip. That allowed Hongo and Pogorilaya to move ahead of the Canadian on the podium.

The bronze is the first international medal for Chartrand. The 18-year old from Prescott, Ontario is in her first full senior international season after finishing fifth at the 2014 World Junior Championships.

‘’Definitely I reached a new level today to win a medal in my first season on the senior Grand Prix,’ Chartrand said. ‘’I didn’t feel any extra pressure today because I had won the short program.  I’m always nervous anyway.’’

Beach domination

NORCECA Championships Gold Medalists! ☺️

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