SARANSK, Russia – Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio of Laval, Que., made a giant leap in the standings in ice dancing on Saturday going from seventh to fourth to conclude the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating.
Alla Loboda and Pavel Drodz of Russia won the gold medal with 161.87 points. Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko of the U.S. were second at 157.19 and Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko were third at 141.67.
Fabbri and Pietrantonio, the national novice silver medallists last season, followed with a personal best 127.89 in their Junior Grand Prix debut.
‘’Our objective coming here was to crack the top-five so needless to say we are extremely pleased,’’ said Pietrantonio, 19. ‘’It was a great experience and what we’ll remember most is being introduced to the crowd as representing Canada.’’
On Friday Lori-Anne Matte and Thierry Ferland of Lévis, Que., climbed to a fourth place finish in pairs. They were fifth after the short program. Jamie Knoblauch of Milton, Ont., and Cody Wong of Cambridge, Ont., were 10th.
‘’We achieved our goals and gained a lot of confidence,’’ said Matte. ‘’With the experience of the competition in the Czech Republic (ISU Junior Grand Prix in Ostrava where they placed sixth) we had a better idea what to expect.’’
Edrian Paul Celestino of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., also made an impressive climb up the standings going from 12th after the short program to ninth overall in men’s competition.
The next stop on the circuit this upcoming weekend in Ljubljana, Slovenia.