Canadian Flag Turns 50!

Recognized around the world, the Canadian flag is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

Our athletes have always taken the opportunity to show their Canadian pride with the maple leaf. Check out the gallery for some of our favourite Canadian flag moments!


Duhamel and Radford stand first after pairs short program at Four Continents

SEOUL – Recently crowned Grand Prix champions Meaghan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., are in first place after the pairs short program on Thursday at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

Duhamel and Radford, bronze medallists at the last two world championships, totalled a season’s best 75.67 points to place ahead of three Chinese pairs. Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang are second at 69.81 and Wenjing Sui and Cong Han third at 69.19. The Canadian also earned their best ever artistic scores internationally for their short program.

“We are really proud of our skate today, it’s an indication of how we train at home,” said Duhamel. “We weren’t 100 percent comfortable at the start but when the music started our training and muscle memory kicked-in. Our artistic score is something we are always striving to improve upon. The best feeling is when you can keep improving as the season goes on. A good long program here will set us up well for the world championships.”

Lubov Iliushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto are sixth at 60.13 and Kirsten-Moore Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., seventh at 59.30.

The standings are tight in ice dancing after the short dance. American couples stand 1-2 with Madison Chock and Evan Bates first at 70.38 and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani second at 69.65.

Three Canadian couples follow: Grand Prix champions Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., are third at 68.31, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto fourth at 63.45 and Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam of Barrie, Ont., fifth at 61.34.

“We felt great heading into the performance,” said Weaver. “We skated really well. We felt it was our best this season in terms of our interpretation and performance quality but the execution of the levels were not up to par. We’re not worried about our position and feel very confident with our free dance for tomorrow.”

After the short program in men’s competition, Jeremy Ten of Vancouver is eighth, Liam Firus of North Vancouver 11th and Nam Nguyen of Toronto14th.

Competition continues Friday with the free dance and women’s short program.

Full results:

Nexxice synchronized skating teams set to represent Canada at Spring Cup

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have two teams at the 2015 Spring Cup international synchronized skating competition, taking place at the PalaSesto arena in Sesto San Giovanni – Milan, Italy. Nexxice senior and junior will compete at 21st edition of the event which takes place from February 13-15, 2015, and features 32 teams in senior, junior, and novice.

Representing the Burlington Skating Club, Nexxice senior will be the sole Canadian entry in the senior category. Last week, they won the Trophy D’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland. In 2014, the eight-time consecutive Canadian champions won silver at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships and bronze at the Mozart Cup. The three-time consecutive world silver medallists are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Nexxice junior will represent Canada in the junior category. The 2013 Canadian junior champions won this event in 2009. Last season, they placed fourth at the Mozart Cup, and won silver at the 2014 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Trish Perdue-Mills and represent the Burlington Skating Club.

Andrew Bosco of Thorold, Ont., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

For more information on the competition please visit the event website.

Canada Games and Konica Minolta announce Flag Bearers for the 2015 Canada Winter Games

Ottawa – The Canada Games and Konica Minolta are thrilled to announce the line-up of athletes who will be walking with the Canada Games flag during the 2015 Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies.

Carrying the property’s symbolic flag throughout the CN centre come February 13th will be:

• Susan Auch, three time Olympic Medalist, Speed Skating,
• Eric Bedard, four time Olympic Medalist, Speed Skating,
• Robert “Bo” Hedges, two-time Paralympic Medalist, Wheelchair Basketball,
• Cathy Preistner, Olympic Medalist, Speed Skating,
• Kelsey Serwa, Olympic Silver Medalist, Ski Cross,
• Joy Ward-Fera, Hall of Honour Inductee, two-time World Championship Medalist, Rowing.

You will be able to watch live coverage of the Opening Ceremonies on TSN at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT.

“We are very excited that these tremendous Canada Games alumni are here to soak in the spirit of the Games that meant so much to them and their athletic development,” says Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council. “Walking in to the crowd cheering them on will definitely bring them back to their youth where they marched in wearing their Province’s team colours, ready for their first taste of multi-sport competition.”

The flag itself has been on quite the trip since November, visiting each community who has hosted the Canada Games in the past as part of the 2015 Canada Games Flag Relay. The flag bearer tradition for the 2015 Games has been made possible thanks to the support of National partner Konica-Minolta.

“Konica Minolta is proud to be a part of this monumental event that exemplifies the country’s best, up-and-coming athletes,” says David Armstrong, Vice President of Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. “We are honoured to be a part of the flag bearer tradition and we take pride in supporting Canada’s next generation of young and talented athletes.”

Below is a short bio for each of the flag bearers describing their achievements at the Canada Games.

Susan Auch
Susan Auch excelled at the 1983 Canada Games, capturing two Gold Medals and one Silver in Speed Skating. This success would translate to the next level as well, where she obtained a Bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Silver at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer and another Silver at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.

Eric Bedard
Eric Bedard’s experience at the Canada Games was truly astounding as he amassed a breathtaking four gold medals at the 1995 Canada Winter Games. He then used this positive experience to propel his international and Olympic Speed Skating Career, where he won Gold and Bronze at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and Silver at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

Robert “Bo” Hedges
Robert “Bo” Hedges was a key component of the Team BC Wheelchair Basketball team that won Silver at the 2003 Canada Games in Bathurst-Campbellton. He used this experience to further excel in the sport to eventually reach the Paralympic Games where he won a Silver Medal at the 2008 Games and Gold at the 2012 Games.

Cathy Preistner
Cathy Priestner competed in Speed Skating for Team Manitoba at the 1971 Canada Games where she won Gold in the Women’s 400 metre. Following the Games, Cathy continued her success on the Olympic stage appearing at the 1972 and 1976 Winter Olympics. At the 1976 Games, she claimed Silver in the 500m event, becoming the first female Canadian speed skating medalist. She also carried Canada’s flag at that Game’s closing ceremonies.

Kelsey Serwa
Kelsey Serwa had a great showing at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, winning Gold in Alpine at the Giant Slalom – Female. This invaluable experience served Kelsey well moving forward in her skiing career as she continued to reach new heights, leading her to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Recently, Serwa reached another milestone in her career, winning a Silver medal in ski cross at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Joy Ward-Fera
Ward-Fera’s athletic prowess in both Alpine-Skiing and Rowing are evidenced by her long list of achievements. The height of her Alpine career came during the 1971 Canada Games, where she won Gold in the dual slalom. Ward-Fera used the unique experience she gained at the Games to propel her Rowing Career. Her Rowing excellence drove her all the way to the Olympics where she represented Canada during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. She continued this success by winning Bronze medals at the 1977 and 1978 World Championships.

Canadian team headed to Seoul for 2015 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will send 12 entries, for a total of 18 athletes, to the 2015 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul, Korea. The event takes place from February 10-15, 2015, at the Mokdong Ice Rink. The Canadian team will have three entries per category in men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance.

Olympic silver medallists (team) Meagan Duhamel, 29, Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, 30, Balmertown, Ont., lead the Canadian pair entries. The representatives of Walden FSC and CPA Saint-Léonard have won two consecutive bronze medals at this event (2013 and 2014). Duhamel and Radford won gold at both of their grand prix assignments this season, Skate Canada International and the NHK Trophy, and at the ISU Grand Prix Final. The four-time Canadian champions are coached by Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte and Sylvie Fullum at CPA Saint-Léonard.

Also representing Canada in pair, Lubov Ilyushechkina, 23, Moscow, Russia, and Dylan Moscovitch, 30, Toronto, Ont., will be competing at this event for the first time since teaming up in the summer of 2014. This season, the representatives of the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club won gold at the Warsaw Cup and silver at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Ilyusheshkina and Moscovitch are coached by Lee Barkell, Bryce Davison, and Tracy Wilson.

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 22, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 23, Sarnia, Ont., will be the third Canadian entry in pair. Both skaters have competed at this event with previous partners, but this will be their first time competing at this event together since teaming up in June of 2014. This season, the representatives of Kitchener-Waterloo SC and Point Edward SC placed sixth at Skate Canada International, seventh at Trophée Eric Bompard, and fourth at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Moore-Towers and Marinaro are coached by Kristy Wirtz and Kris Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.

World silver medallists Kaitlyn Weaver, 25, Waterloo, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 27, Waterloo, Ont., are the first of three Canadian entries in ice dance. This will be their sixth time competing at this event, previously winning gold in 2010 and bronze in 2012. This season they won gold at Skate Canada International, the NHK Trophy, and the ISU Grand Prix Final. The 2015 Canadian champions representing Sault FSC and Kitchener-Waterloo SC, Weaver and Poje are coached by Pasquale Camerlengo and Angelika Krylova in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Piper Gilles, 23, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 23, Unionville, Ont., are the second Canadian entry in ice dance. Last season, they won silver at this event. This season, they captured silver medals at both their grand prix assignments, Skate Canada International and Trophée Eric Bompard, and placed fifth at the ISU Grand Prix Finals. Representing Scarboro FSC, the three-time Canadian medallists are coached by Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs, Jon Lane, and Roy Bradshaw at Ice Dance Elite in Scarborough, Ont.

Alexandra Paul, 23, Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam, 25, Barrie, Ont., will also represent Canada in ice dance. They previously competed at this event in 2012, placing sixth. This season, they placed fifth at the Cup of China, and sixth at Trophée Eric Bompard. Representing the Barrie SC, Paul and Islam train at the Detroit Skating Club with coaches Pasquale Camerlengo, Angelika Krylova, and Natalia Deller.

Newly crowned Canadian champion Nam Nguyen, 16, Toronto, Ont., is the first of three Canadian entries in men’s. Last year, Nguyen placed 10th at this event. This season, he won bronze at Skate America, and placed fourth at the Cup of China. The 2014 world junior champion is coached by Brian Orser and Ernest Pryhitka at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club.

Jeremy Ten, 25, Vancouver, B.C., will also represent Canada in men’s. Ten has previously competed at this event in 2009, 2012, and 2014 placing seventh, 14th, and ninth, respectively. This season, the representative of Grandview Skating Club placed eighth at the NHK Trophy and 10th at the Rostelecom Cup. The 2015 Canadian silver medallist is coached by Joanne McLeod and Neil Wilson at the Champs International Skating Centre.

Liam Firus, 22, North Vancouver, B.C., is the third Canadian entry in men’s. This will be his first time competing at this event. This season, the representative of Vancouver SC placed 11th at Skate Canada International and won the bronze medal at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Firus is coached by Christy Krall in Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

In ladies, 2015 Canadian champion Gabrielle Daleman, 17, Newmarket, Ont., is one of three Canadian entries. This will be her first time competing at this event. This season, the representative of Richmond Hill FSC placed fifth at the Cup of China, and sixth at the NHK Trophy. Daleman is coached by Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev and trains at the Richmond Training Centre in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Alaine Chartrand, 18, Prescott, Ont., will also represent Canada in the ladies category. Last year, she placed seventh at this event. Earlier this season, she won bronze at the Rostelecom Cup, and placed seventh at Skate Canada International. Most recently, she won silver at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Chartrand is coached by Michelle Leigh and represents the Nepean Skating Club.

Véronik Mallet, 20, Sept-Îles, Que., rounds out the Canadian entries in the ladies division. Last season, she placed 13th at this event. This season, the representative of CPA Sept-Îles placed 10th at both of her Grand Prix assignments, Skate Canada International and Trophée Eric Bompard. Mallet is coached by Annie Barabé and Maximin Coïa at CTC Contrecoeur.

Skate Canada High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk will be onsite with the Canadian team. Petra Burka of Toronto, Ont., and Cynthia Ullmark of Canmore, Alta., will be the team leaders for this event. Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., will be the Canadian team doctor and Josiane Roberge of Sillery Que., will be the team physiotherapist.

Canadian officials at the event are Susan Blatz of Burlington, Ont., Janice Hunter of West Vancouver, B.C., Karen Butcher of Greely, Ont., and Leanna Caron of Timmins, Ont.

For results and full entries please visit


Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Nam Nguyen 16 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club Brian Orser / Ernest Pryhitka
Mens Jeremy Ten 25 Vancouver, B.C. Grandview SC Joanne McLeod / Neil Wilson
Mens Liam Firus 22 North Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver SC Christy Krall
Ladies Gabrielle Daleman 17 Newmarket, Ont. Richmond Hill FSC Andrei Berezintsev / Inga Zusev
Ladies Alaine Chartrand 18 Prescott, Ont. Nepean Skating Club Michelle Leigh
Ladies Véronik Mallet 20 Sept- Îles, Que. CPA Sept-Îles Annie Barabé / Maximin Coïa
Pairs Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford 29/30 Lively, Ont. / Balmertown, Ont. Walden FSC / CPA Saint-Léonard Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte / Sylvie Fullum
Pairs Lubov Ilyushechkina / Dylan Moscovitch 23/30 Moscow, Russia / Toronto, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club / Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell / Bryce Davison / Tracy Wilson
Pairs Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 22/23 St. Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. Kitchener-Waterloo SC / Point Edward SC Inc. Kristy Wirtz / Kris Wirtz
Ice Dance Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje 25/27 Waterloo, Ont. / Waterloo, Ont. Sault FSC / Kitchener-Waterloo SC Pasquale Camerlengo / Angelika Krylova
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 23/23 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs / Roy Bradshaw
Ice dance Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam 23/25 Midhurst, Ont. / Barrie, Ont. Barrie SC / Barrie SC Pasquale Camerlengo / Angelika Krylova / Natalia Deller

Canadian team wins gold at synchronized skating competition

DUMFRIES, Scotland – Eight-time consecutive Canadian champions Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., overwhelmed the competition this weekend to win the gold medal at the Trophy d’Ecosse synchronized skating competition.

The Canadians totalled 202.69 points for the victory with Team Spirit from Wales second and Zariba from Scotland third.

The Nexxice team members were Shannon Aikman-Jones, Maria Albanese, Ellicia Beaudoin, Emma Bonafiglia, Kelly Britten, Courtney Broadhurst, Lee Chandler, Alessia Chiovitti, Carla Coveart, Samantha Defino, Courtney Gray, Yu Hanamoto, Renata-Delete Khuzina, Victoria Kwan, Kristen Loritz, Nichole Manahan, Kerrin Caitlin McKinnon, Victoria Smith, Kiersten Tietz, Gillian Tyler and Elizabeth Mayers.

Last season, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Club won silver at the 2014 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships and bronze at the 2014 Mozart Cup. The three-time consecutive world silver medallists are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.


Canadian synchronized skating team Nexxice to compete in Trophy D’Ecosse in U.K.

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have one team competing at the fourth annual Trophy D’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland. The international synchronized skating competition takes place from February 6-8, 2015, at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

Eight-time consecutive Canadian champions Nexxice senior will be the sole Canadian entry at the event. Last season, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Club won silver at the 2014 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships and bronze at the 2014 Mozart Cup. The three-time consecutive world silver medallists are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Jennifer Betts of Bragg Creek, Alta., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.


2015 Canada Winter Games Broadcast and Webcast Schedule Announced

Ottawa, ON – The Canada Games, along with TSN, RDS and SportsCanada.TV, have announced the official Broadcast and Webcast schedules for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

“We are very excited to be working with official broadcast partners TSN and RDS to bring Canadians national TV coverage of the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” said Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “TSN and RDS are Canada’s sports leaders and the trusted sources for sports broadcasting. We are proud to partner with them as they will allow all Canadians to enjoy a first-class production of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.”

Following the IIHF World Juniors broadcast coverage from Montreal and Toronto, TSN and RDS will now turn to broadcasting the second major event featured in the Year of Sport; the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

In addition to the highly anticipated Opening and Closing Ceremonies broadcasts, TSN and RDS broadcast segments will feature hockey, curling, speed skating, badminton, as well highlights from as many other sports as possible.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Canada Games alumna Catriona Le May Doan will anchor TSN’s live coverage of the Games. SPORTSCENTRE’s Paul Hollingsworth will provide play-by-play throughout the Games, including men’s hockey alongside analyst

Dave Reid and women’s hockey alongside analyst Cheryl Pounder. TSN’s broadcast team also features:

• Speed Skating: Two-time Olympic silver medalist Susan Auch

• Curling: Olympic bronze medalist Melissa Soligo

• Badminton: London 2012 Team Canada badminton head coach Ram Nayyar

“The Canada Games is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the next generation of elite Canadian athletes,” said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. “TSN is proud to be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Canada Winter Games and we are all looking forward to giving Canadians a front row seat to watch the action coming out of Prince George.”

TSN’s comprehensive schedule will include 40 hours of English coverage while RDS will feature 40 hours of French coverage. All broadcast footage will be made available at and

“We are proud to deliver comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” says Stuart Ballantyne, 2015 Canada Winter Games CEO. “Through our broadcast and webcast partnerships, the spirit of the 2015 Games and the northern story will be shared across the nation. From the excitement of the Opening Ceremony to the joy of winning a gold medal, Canadians will be able to journey with us to the 2015 Canada Winter Games from the comfort of their homes.”

Webcasting coverage of the 2015 Games will be featured at the Canada Games’ brand new webcasting portal,, where over 900 hours of almost every sport will be included.

“The website will feature an astounding 900 hours of coverage of almost every sport,” says Council Chairman Quinn. “The website will also feature Canada Games TV Today, an online news magazine show dedicated to showcasing the untold stories of athletes competing at the Games.”

SportsCanada.TV is the new webcaster of the Canada Games and has a proven track record of covering many high-end sporting events.

“SportsCanada.TV is extremely excited about our partnership with the 2015 Canada Winter Games to provide over 900 hours of live coverage from 17 events in Prince George. We look forward to showcasing many of Canada’s future world-class athletes and connecting them to viewers from across the country and around the world.”

Perseverance pays off as Michelle Long realizes lifelong dream in Kingston

Tears began to flow from Michelle Long’s eyes before the music even stopped.

As the 22-year-old put the finishing touches on her free program during the recent Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Long’s emotions got the better of her, and she wept, an ear-to-ear smile etched across her face.

No, Long didn’t leave Kingston with a medal tucked away inside her suitcase.

She didn’t care. Sometimes, triumph isn’t measured in gold, silver and bronze.

By the time Richmond Training Centre stablemate Gabrielle Daleman stepped off the top step on the podium clutching her first Canadian senior women’s gold medal, Long, along with coaches Robert Burk and Danielle Rose, were long immersed in their own perfect euphoria.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Long beamed minutes after her free program in Kingston.

“This is something I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. To finally be able to make it to the Canadian championships and skate a personal best in the free skate, I am just so happy right now.”

The record book will show that Long finished seventh at her first national championships.

What it won’t show is her story.

Although she went through the CanSkate program at an early age, Long didn’t start skating competitively until she was a pre-novice 15-year-old. It’s just been the past four years that she has seriously chased her goal of competing for a national title.

“I really wanted to focus on my dream, and make it to the Canadian championships,” she says. “That was all I wanted. Nothing more.”

That rather ambitious vision seemed to hit a roadblock in December 2013, when, competing at Skate Canada Challenge, Long came achingly close to earning a berth in the 100th national championships in Ottawa, Ont.

But close wasn’t good enough. Instead of competing, she bought a ticket and travelled to the nation’s capital to watch.

That experience was a painful one, Long admits, but it also steeled her resolve.

“That was a big disappointment,” admits Long.

“That Challenge was tough to take. I wasn’t sure if I should continue or not. That was one of the toughest moments, watching those first couple of groups (in Ottawa) and knowing I should have been there.”

This past December, at Challenge in Pierrefonds, Que., she wouldn’t make the same mistake again, finishing fourth to punch her ticket to Kingston.

“She is a friend with an incredible work ethic,” says Daleman, the newly minted Canadian women’s champion.

“I couldn’t be any happier for Michelle. No one works harder than she does.”

Her unlikely story is even more astounding when you consider Long balances her training by holding down three serving/bartending jobs and part-time studies at York University. On a typical day, she is up at 7:00 a.m., and goes non-stop. By the time she leaves work, it is after 2 a.m. the next morning.

Less than five hours later, she is up to do it all again. All for the love of a sport.

“The passion she has for skating is truly a joy to see,” says Burk. “Michelle can go as far as she wants to go. With her drive, she can keep going up. We keep telling her ‘we believe in you.’ You can see it in her eyes.

”She now knows what we’ve known all along. She is good enough. Now we just have to get her there.”

“It’s special,” adds Rose. “You don’t see that very often. When someone has that much love, that much passion, you have all the time in the world for them. What we see at practice is national level. Now everyone else can see it, as well.”

Five years ago, when Skate Canada International was staged in Kingston, Long attended the event with her mother, rubbing shoulders with a few skaters during the week.

It was then she began to dream.

“Back then, I never really saw myself here,” Long concedes. “It seemed so far off, so unlikely, but I kept pushing myself.”

Five years later, she was back in Kingston. This time, she wasn’t watching from the seats.

“I’ve never skated in front of this kind of crowd before. It was just surreal. To be out here, to see it all happen, to step out in front of those TV lights….”

She pauses, choking back the tears again.

“In the end, it was bigger than I dreamed. It’s a feeling you can’t explain unless you’ve experienced it.”

The dream may have been realized, but Long insists it is just the beginning. She is asked where she envisions herself a year from now.

“On the podium,” she say, not missing a beat.

“On the national team. Why not?”

Why not, indeed.

Michelle Long doesn’t have time to concern herself with odds.

Follow Michelle Long on Twitter @TheMichelleLong

Canadian synchro skate team wins gold

ROUEN, France – Les Supremes from St. Leonard, Que., won the gold medal in the junior event this weekend at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.

Les Supremes posted the best scores in both the short and long programs to finish with 176.00 points. Jonost from Russia took the silver at 169.66 and Team Fintastic from Finland was third at 167.78.

In senior competition, Les Supremes placed fifth while teams from Finland swept the top-three positions.

Both teams are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Amanda Gaiotti.