Canadian skaters continue ISU Grand Prix circuit in Shanghai

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send four entries, for a total of six skaters, to the third stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, the Cup of China. The competition will take place at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center from November 7-9, 2014. Canada will have one entry per category in men’s, ladies, pair, and ice dance.

World Junior Champion Nam Nguyen, 16, Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in men’s. This season, Nguyen won bronze at his first senior ISU Grand Prix assignment, Skate America, and won silver at the Skate Canada Autumn Classic International. Nguyen is coached by Brian Orser and Ernest Pryhitka at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club.

Gabrielle Daleman, 16, Newmarket, Ont., will represent Canada in ladies. This will be the first senior ISU Grand Prix assignment for the 2014 Olympian. Earlier this season, the representative of Richmond Hill FSC won the Skate Canada Autumn Classic International. Daleman is coached by Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev and trains at the Richmond Training Centre in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Natasha Purich, 19, Sherwood Park, Alta., and Drew Wolfe, 19, Calgary, Alta., are the Canadian entry in pair. This will be the first ISU Grand Prix assignment for the newly formed team representing CPA Saint-Léonard and the Glencoe Club. Earlier this season, they placed fourth at their first international competition, the Skate Canada Autumn Classic International. They train at CPA Saint-Léonard and are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte.

Olympians Alexandra Paul, 23, Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam, 24, Barrie, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in the ice dance category. This will be their first time competing at this event. This season, the representatives of Barrie SC placed fourth at the inaugural 2014 Skate Canada Autumn Classic International. Paul and Islam train at the Detroit Skating Club with coaches Pasquale Camerlengo, Angelika Krylova, and Natalia Deller.

Skate Canada High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk will be the Canadian team leader at the event, and Siobhan Karam of Ottawa, Ont., will be the Canadian team physiotherapist. Nicole Leblanc-Richard of Dieppe, N.B., and Reaghan Fawcett of Aurora, Ont., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

For results and full entries please visit www.isu.org.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2014 CUP OF CHINA

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Nam Nguyen 16 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club Brian Orser / Ernest Pryhitka
Ladies Gabrielle Daleman 16 Newmarket, Ont. Richmond Hill FSC Andrei Berezintsev / Inga Zusev
Pair Natasha Purich / Drew Wolfe 19/19 Sherwood Park, Alta. / Calgary, Alta. CPA Saint-Léonard / Glencoe Club Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte
Ice Dance Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam 23/24 Midhurst, Ont. / Barrie, Ont. Barrie SC / Barrie SC Pasquale Camerlengo / Angelika Krylova / Natalia Deller
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