Chartrand, Daleman lead bright future of Canadian women’s figure skating

Monday, January 25, 2016
Chartrand, Daleman lead bright future of Canadian women’s figure skating

Canada will send what could be its deepest women’s team in more than two decades to the world figure skating championships.

While Patrick Chan created much of the buzz in his return to the Canadian championships this week, it was the women’s event that had Skate Canada’s high performance director Mike Slipchuk excited.

Alaine Chartrand, a 19-year-old from Prescott, Ont., won gold in an event that saw the medalists separated by just four points.

“It’s going to be a good two years leading into the Olympics, they’re going to push each other,” Slipchuk said. “That’s what’s going to make us stronger, when you have to score close to 200 [Chartrand scored 201.99] to win a Canadian championships and the other two are nipping at your heels, we’re going in the right direction.”

Chartrand, who is already landing triple Axels in practice - a rare feat for female skaters - and silver medalist Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., were chosen for the team for the world championships March 28 to April 3 in Boston.

While Canada regularly marches to the medal podium in men’s, pairs and ice dance, Joannie Rochette’s silver in 2009 was the team’s only world medal in women’s singles since Elizabeth Manley finished second in 1988.

And Canada hasn’t had two female skaters in the top 10 since 1992.

“If they skate the way they did here, to me they’re top 10,” Slipchuk said. “They definitely have the skills and the product to be competitive with the top 10.”

Chan and Liam Firus of North Vancouver were named to the team for men’s singles.

Pairs has defending champions Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., Julianne Seguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., and Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto.

World silver and bronze medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., lead a trio of ice dance teams that includes Piper Gilles of Toronto and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., and Elisabeth Paradis of Loretteville, Que., and Francois-Xavier Ouellette of Laval, Que.

Slipchuk was also excited about Stephen Gogolev, an 11-year-old from Toronto, who could be Canada’s next big men’s star. Gogolev won the novice men’s title on Tuesday by 22 points, and the youngster, who trains with coach Brian Orser, landed what Slipchuk called one of the biggest triple Axels of the week - including the senior men’s event.

“He’s fun to watch, and he’s skating above what his age is,” Slipchuk said. “You watch him out on the ice, and he’s skating like a 17-, 18-year-old.”

The national championships, held at the Scotiabank Centre, also determined the team for the Four Continents, Feb. 16-21 in Taiwan.

The team is identical to the world team, with the addition of Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Nfld., on the women’s side and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., on the men’s.

Both Osmond and Reynolds are returning to the national team after suffering serious injuries last season. Osmond rebounded from a broken fibula while Reynolds had hip surgery.

Story by Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

From The Globe and Mail | TheGlobeandMail.com

Photo: Skate Canada

News Category: 

Latest News

  • June 30, 2020
    UPDATE #20 | 30 June 2020 Advisory on COVID -19 SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE : Disease Update The number of confirmed cases of COVID -19 is over 10 million with over 5.5 million recovered and 504,000 deaths. Mortality rate in Canada is 8...
  • June 25, 2020
    PRESS RELEASE : CSIO Announces Partnership with Bodylogix® as Official Supporter For Immediate Release TORONTO (June 25, 2020) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) is proud to announce its partnership with Bodylogix®, a leader in clean, sport...
  • June 23, 2020
    Olympic legacies don’t stop after the closing ceremony of a Games. For many Olympians, passing on what they have learned throughout their careers to others is what drives them to better the world we all live in — by living true to the values of...
  • June 17, 2020
    UPDATE #19 | 17 June 2020 Advisory on COVID -19 SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE : Disease Update The number of confirmed cases of COVID -19 is over 8.3 million with over 4.3 million recovered and 446,000 deaths. Mortality rate in Canada is...
  • Crystal Emmanuel running
    June 12, 2020
    Listening, learning, and taking action. Those are just some things that Team Canada athletes have called for during this time of widespread social change and awareness of what it means to be anti-racist. Many athletes have shared their personal...