OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have three entries, for a total of five skaters, competing at the third stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, the Cup of China. The event takes place from November 6-8, 2015 at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. Canada will have one entry in men’s and two entries in pair.
Elladj Baldé, 24, Pierrefonds, Que., will be the Canadian entry in the men’s category. This will be his first time competing at this event. Earlier this season, the representative of CPA Anjou Kinsmen won his first international gold medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy. Last season, he placed fifth at the Nebelhorn Trophy, sixth at the NHK Trophy and sixth at the Canadian championships. Baldé trains in Montreal, Que., with coaches Bruno Marcotte and Manon Perron.
Lubov Ilyushechkina, 24, Moscow, Russia, and Dylan Moscovitch, 31, Toronto, Ont., are the first of two Canadian pair entries. This will be their first Grand Prix assignment since teaming up in 2014. Earlier this season, the representatives of the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club placed fourth at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy. Last season, they won gold at the Warsaw Cup, silver at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, placed sixth at the Four Continents Championships, and 13th at the World Championships. Ilyusheshkina and Moscovitch are coached by Lee Barkell, Bryce Davison and Tracy Wilson.
Vanessa Grenier, 23, Johnville, Que., and Maxime Deschamps, 23, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., will also represent Canada in pair. Grenier and Deschamps will be competing at this event for the first time. This season, they placed fourth at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and seventh at Skate Canada International. Last season, the representatives of CPA Sherbrooke and CPAR Vaudreuil placed fifth at the Nebelhorn Trophy, fifth at the Skate Canada Autumn Classic International, sixth at Skate America, and fifth at the 2015 Canadian Championships. They are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte at CPA Saint-Léonard.
Petra Burka of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian team leader at the event and Siobhan Karam of Ottawa, Ont., will be the Canadian team physiotherapist. Sally Rehorick of Vancouver, B.C., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.
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CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2015 CUP OF CHINA
|Men’s||Elladj Baldé||24||Pierrefonds, Que.||CPA Anjou Kinsmen||Bruno Marcotte/ Manon Perron|
|Pair||Lubov Ilyushechkina/Dylan Moscovitch||24/31||Moscow, Russia/ Toronto, Ont.||Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club/ Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club||Lee Barkell/ Bryce Davison/ Tracy Wilson|
|Pair||Vanessa Grenier/ Maxime Deschamps||23/23||Johnville, Que./ Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.
|CPA Sherbrooke/ CPAR Vaudreuil||Richard Gauthier/ Bruno Marcotte|