Wednesday and Thursday saw the crowning of four new Canadian junior champions at the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga, Ont., at the Hershey Centre.
The junior pair teams took to the ice Wednesday morning for their free programs. Hayleigh Bell and Alistair Sylvester of Central Ontario secured the title by winning both the short and free programs with an overall score of 140.62. After the short program teams in places two through four were all less than a point apart. But it was Quebec’s Natasha Purich and Sebastian Arcieri who stayed sharp to claim the silver medal with 131.65 points. Mary Orr and Anthony Furiano of Western Ontario also laid down a solid program to win the bronze medal with 126.48 points.
In junior women’s, Larkyn Austman of British Columbia/Yukon left nothing on the ice. Austman performed a beautiful free program to easily secure the junior title with 149.75, nearly beating the Canadian record set by current Canadian pair champion Meagan Duhamel. Northern Ontario’s Marika Steward jumped from a sixth place finish in the short program to end in second place with 123.85 points. Madelyn Dunley of Central Ontario also hurdled in placement to win the bronze medal for an overall score of 122.04 points.
The junior ice dance free programs got underway late Thursday afternoon. Madeline Edwards & Zhao Kai Pang of British Columbia/Yukon bounced from second in the short dance to win the gold medal after an outstanding free dance, which scored them a total of 145.25 points. Mackenzie Bent and Garrett MacKeen of Eastern Ontario, the winners of the short fell to second after the free to win the silver medal with 144.49 points. British Columbia/Yukon’s Caelen Dalmer and Shane Firus were consistent in both portions to win the bronze medal with 129.26 points.
The junior men’s free program was the last junior event of the competition, taking place on Thursday evening. It was a clash of two Central Ontario skaters for the top spot. Anthony Kan skated two excellent programs to ultimately win the junior title with 167.54 points. Teammate Denis Margalik was close behind with 164.60 points and Quebec’s Mathieu Nepton won the bronze medal with 149.90 points.
Friday will see the commencement of the marquee senior events at the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships. The senior women’s, pair and men’s events will all get underway with their respective short portions at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
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