DRESDEN, Germany – Canadian ice dancers continued a magnificent season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix on Friday as Brianna Delmaestro of Port Moody, B.C., and Timothy Lum of Burnaby, B.C., won the bronze at the sixth stop on the circuit.
It was the second medal this season for the second-year couple and the sixth trip to the podium for Canadian ice dancers.
Betina Popova and Yuri Vlasenko of Russia won the gold medal with 147.31 points, Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter of the U.S., were second at 139.35 and Delmaestro and Lum followed at 130.78. The Canadians took silver at the season’s second stop in Slovenia.
‘’There are some things we did better than the last competition,’’ said Delmaestro. ‘’We made some changes and those worked out really well. We set goals for this season and we’ve achieved some of them already.’’
Lum hopes the consistency will continue through the winter.
‘’I felt like it was solid all the way through,’’ he said. ‘’There are parts that could have gone terribly wrong but we fought through it and ended up having a very satisfying finish.’’
Danielle Wu and Spencer Soo of Burnaby were eighth.
In pairs Julianne Seguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charles Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., are in a hunt for a second gold medal this season after scoring a personal best 59.18 points in the short program. Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin of Russia follow at 57.74 and their compatriots Maria Chushchanova and Denis Mitsev are third at 48.16.
‘’All our elements improved and the triple throw loop was better,’’ said Séguin. ‘’This is a better start and we are on track to reach all our goals here.’’
Hope McLean of Glencoe, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., are seventh.
In women’s competition, Selena Zhao of Varennes, Que., and Kim DeGuise-Léveillée of Sorel-Tracy, Que., finished ninth and 10th after Friday’s free skate. Wakaba Higuchi of Japan took the gold.
Mitchell Gordon of Vancouver and Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., are seventh and eighth after the men’s short program.
The pairs and men’s free skates are on Saturday.
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/jgpger2014/index.htm