It was a golden weekend for Ontario’s figure skaters as athletes claimed the top spot in each of the event’s senior categories.
Nam Nguyen of Toronto, ON, the reigning ISU World Junior Champion, took the men’s title with a final score of a 256.88, a more than 30 point victory over second place. On the women’s side Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, ON, claimed the title with a final score of 186.02, edging out second place, Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, ON, by just 3.78 points.
Both Daleman and Nguyen, still only teenagers at 17 and 16 years old respectively, are former members of CSIO’s Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI). They each were a part of the OHPSI program in conjunction with Skate Ontario, providing high performance athletes and coaches with sport science and sport medicine services, technology and equipment, and leadership in their pursuit of reaching their Senior National Team and international podium success.
In the ice dance category, Ontario athletes swept the podium with Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje capturing their first national title with a total score of 187.88, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier took the silver (174.70), and Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam the bronze (160.67).
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford set new Canadian records in their short and long programs in the pair’s event, with a final total score, also a record, of 230.19. Duhamel of Lively, ON, and Radford of Balmertown, ON, blew away the competition with Toronto’s Dylan Moscovitch and new partner Lubov Ilyushechkina finishing in second with 187.85.
Now the Champions set their sights on taking on the world at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March in Shanghai, China.