Canadian Skaters Head to Germany for Nebelhorn Trophy

OTTAWA, ON:Skate Canada will send six entries, for a total of nine skaters to Oberstdorf, Germany, for the Nebelhorn Trophy, a senior international competition part of the ISU’s new Challenger Series. The event is held from September 25-27, 2014, at the Eissportzentrum Oberstdorf. Canada will have two entries per category in men’s and ice dance, and one entry per category in ladies and pair.

World silver medallists Kaitlyn Weaver, 25, Waterloo, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 27, Waterloo, Ont., lead the Canadian entries in ice dance. Last season, they earned two silver medals on the ISU Grand Prix circuit at Skate Canada International and the Rostelecom Cup, and they placed seventh at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Representing Sault FSC and Kitchener-Waterloo SC, the seven-time Canadian medallists are coached by Pasquale Camerlengo and Angelika Krylova in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Élisabeth Paradis, 22, Loretteville, Que., and François-Xavier Ouellette, 22, Laval, Que., will also represent Canada in ice dance. This will be their second international assignment. Last season, the representatives of CPA Loretteville and CPA Les Lames D’Argent De Laval Inc., placed fifth at the 2013 Cup of Nice and eighth at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Que.

Liam Firus, 22, North Vancouver, B.C., is one of two Canadian entries in men’s. Last season, the representative of Vancouver SC placed sixth at the 2013 Cup of Nice, won bronze at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, and placed 28th at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Firus is coached by Christy Krall in Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

Elladj Baldé, 23, Pierrefonds, Que., will also represent Canada in the men’s category. Baldé has previously competed at this event in 2011, placing 10th, and 2012, placing 14th. Last season, he placed seventh at Skate Canada International, 11th at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 18th at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The representative of CPA Anjou Kinsmen trains at the Detroit Skating Club with coaches Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen.

Véronik Mallet, 20, Sept-Îles, Que., is the Canadian entry in ladies. Last season, the representative of CPA Sept-Îles placed fourth at this event. Mallet also placed eighth at the 2013 Skate Canada International, fourth at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, and 13th at the 2014 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. She is coached by Annie Barabé and Maximin Coïa at CTC Contrecoeur.

Vanessa Grenier, 22, Sherbrooke, Que., and Maxime Deschamps, 22, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., will represent Canada in pair. The 2014 Canadian junior pair champions from CPA Sherbrooke and CPA Vaudreuil will be competing at their first international assignment. Grenier and Deschamps are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte at CPA Saint- Léonard.

Skate Canada High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk will be travelling with the Canadian team as team leader. Jodi Abbott of Edmonton, Alta., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

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Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men’s Liam Firus 22 North Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver SC Christy Krall
Men’s Elladj Baldé 23 Pierrefonds, Que. CPA Anjou Kinsmen Yuka Sato / Jason Dungjen
Ladies Véronik Mallet 20 Sept- Îles, Que. CPA Sept-Îles Annie Barabé / Maximin Coïa
Pair Vanessa Grenier / Maxime Deschamps 22/22 Sherbrooke, Que. / Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que. CPA Sherbrooke / CPA Vaudreuil Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte
Ice Dance Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje 25/27 Waterloo, Ont. – Houston, TX / Waterloo, Ont. Sault FSC / Kitchener-Waterloo SC Pasquale Camerlengo / Angelika Krylova
Ice dance Élisabeth Paradis / François-Xavier Ouellette 22/22 Loretteville, Que. / Laval, Que. CPA Loretteville / CPA Les Lames D’Argent De Laval Inc. Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon
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