OTTAWA, ON: Top Canadian and international figure skaters are headed to Regina, Sask., for the 2017 Skate Canada International, taking place from October 26-29, 2017. The event which takes place at the Brandt Centre will feature 12 Canadian entries (three entries per discipline in men, ladies, pairs and ice dance) for a total of 18 skaters.
Skate Canada International is the second of six events on the 2017 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit, in which skaters compete to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, taking place December 7-10, 2017, in Nagoya, Japan.
Olympic silver medallist and three-time world champion Patrick Chan, 26, Toronto, Ont., is the first of three Canadian men entries. This will be his ninth time competing at this event, having won on six occasions. Last season, Chan placed fifth at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The nine-time Canadian champion is coached by Marina Zoueva and Oleg Epstein in Canton, MI, USA.
Keegan Messing, 25, Girdwood, Alaska, USA, is the second Canadian men’s entry. He previously competed at this event in 2015, where he placed 11th. Messing began this season winning the bronze medal at the 2017 Autumn Classic International. He is coached by Ralph Burghart in Anchorage, AK, USA.
Nicolas Nadeau, 20, Boisbriand, Que., rounds out Canada’s men’s entries. This will be his first senior ISU Grand Prix assignment. Nadeau placed sixth at his first event this season, the Ondrej Nepela Trophy. He trains in Rosemère, Que., and is coached by Yvan Desjardins.
World silver medallist Kaetlyn Osmond, 21, Marystown, Nfld./Edmonton, Alta., is the first of three Canadians in the ladies category. Osmond won gold at this event in 2012 and silver last year. This season, she won gold at the 2017 Autumn Classic International. The three-time Canadian champion is coached by Ravi Walia in Edmonton, Alta.
Canadian bronze medallist Alaine Chartrand, 21, Prescott, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in ladies. She placed fifth at this event last season, and started this season with a fifth-place finish at the 2017 Autumn Classic International. Chartrand is coached by Michelle Leigh and Christy Krall.
Larkyn Austman, 19, Coquitlam, B.C., will also represent Canada in ladies. This will be her first senior ISU Grand Prix assignment. Austman placed 12th at her first event this season, the Ondrej Nepela Trophy. She is coached by Zdenek Pazdirek and Liz Putnam in Coquitlam, B.C.
Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel, 31, Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, 32, Balmertown, Ont., will be one of three Canadian entries in pairs. They are the defending champions at this event for the third year in a row. Duhamel and Radford won the silver medal at the 2017 Autumn Classic International to start this season. The six-time consecutive Canadian champions are coached by Bruno Marcotte in Montreal, Que.
Canadian silver medallists Lubov Ilyushechkina, 25, Toronto, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch, 33, Toronto, Ont., will be the second Canadian pairs entry. The team won the bronze medal at this event last year, and placed fourth at their first event this season, the Finlandia Trophy. They are coached by Lee Barkell, Bryce Davison and Tracy Wilson in Toronto, Ont.
Sydney Kolodziej, 24, Montreal, Que., and Maxime Deschamps, 25, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., will represent Canada in pairs at their first ISU Grand Prix assignment together. They began this season placing seventh at the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. Kolodziej and Deschamps are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in Montreal, Que.
Olympic champions and three-time world champions Tessa Virtue, 28, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 30, Ilderton, Ont., will be the first of three Canadian entries in ice dance. They are the defending champions at this event and have won it in six of seven appearances. Virtue and Moir began this season winning the gold medal at the 2017 Autumn Classic International. The seven-time Canadian champions are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Que.
Two-time world medallists Kaitlyn Weaver, 28, Toronto, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 30, Waterloo, Ont., are the second Canadian entry in ice dance. They have previously competed at this event six times, medalling on five occasions and winning in 2014 and 2015. They also began this season at the 2017 Autumn Classic International, where they won silver. The 2017 Canadian silver medallists are coached by Nikolai Morozov and train in Hackensack, NJ, USA.
Carolane Soucisse, 22, Châteauguay, Que., and Shane Firus, 23, North Vancouver, B.C., will be the third Canadian ice dance entry. This will be their first ISU Grand Prix assignment. This season, Soucisse and Firus placed fifth at the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and fourth at the 2017 Finlandia Trophy. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Que.
Carolyn Allwright of Waterloo, Ont., and Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., and physiotherapist Agnes Makowski of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Debbie Islam of Barrie, Ont., Karen Howard of Regina, Sask., Beth Crane of Burnaby, B.C., and Nicole LeBlanc-Richard of Dieppe, N.B., will be the Canadian officials at the event.
Tickets remain and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at the Brandt Centre box office.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2017 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL
|Men||Patrick Chan||26||Toronto, Ont.||Granite Club||Marina Zoueva/ Oleg Epstein|
|Men||Keegan Messing||25||Girdwood, Alaska, USA||Sherwood Park FSC||Ralph Burghart|
|Men||Nicolas Nadeau||20||Boisbriand, Que.||CPA Boisbriand||Yvan Desjardins|
|Ladies||Kaetlyn Osmond||21||Marystown, Nfld. & Edmonton, Alta.||Ice Palace FSC||Ravi Walia|
|Ladies||Alaine Chartrand||21||Prescott, Ont.||Prescott FSC||Michelle Leigh/ Christy Krall|
|Ladies||Larkyn Austman||19||Coquitlam, B.C.||Coquitlam SC||Zdenek Pazdirek/ Liz Putnam|
|Pairs||Meagan Duhamel/ Eric Radford||31/32||Lively, Ont./ Balmertown, Ont.||CPA Saint-Léonard/ CPA Saint-Léonard||Bruno Marcotte|
|Pairs||Lubov Ilyushechkina/ Dylan Moscovitch||25/33||Toronto, Ont./ Toronto, Ont.||Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club/ Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club||Lee Barkell/ Bryce Davison/ Tracy Wilson|
|Pairs||Sydney Kolodziej/ Maxime Deschamps||24/25||Montreal, Que./ Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.||CPA St. Léonard/ CPAR Vaudreuil||Richard Gauthier/ Bruno Marcotte|
|Ice Dance||Tessa Virtue/ Scott Moir||28/30||London, Ont./ Ilderton, Ont.||Montreal International Skating School/ Montreal International Skating School||Marie-France Dubreuil/ Patrice Lauzon/ Romain Haguenauer|
|Ice Dance||Kaitlyn Weaver/ Andrew Poje||28/30||Toronto, Ont./ Waterloo, Ont.||Sault FSC/ Kitchener-Waterloo SC||Nikolai Morozov|
|Ice Dance||Carolane Soucisse/ Shane Firus||22/23||Châteauguay, Que./ North Vancouver, B.C.||CPA Repentigny/ CPA Repentigny||Marie-France Dubreuil/ Patrice Lauzon|