OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send seven entries, for a total of ten skaters to the sixth and final stop of the 2017 ISU Grand Prix circuit, the 2017 Skate America. Canada will have one entry per discipline in ladies and ice dance, two entries in pairs and three entries in men at the event which takes place from November 24-26, 2017, in Lake Placid, NY, USA.
Olympic silver medallist (team) Kevin Reynolds, 27, Coquitlam, B.C., is the first of three Canadian men’s entries. This will be his second time competing at this event, having placed sixth in 2009. Reynolds placed eighth at his first ISU Grand Prix assignment this season, the Cup of China. The four-time Canadian silver medallist is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.
Roman Sadovsky, 18, Vaughan, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in men’s. This will be his first ISU Grand Prix assignment. Earlier this season, he placed 10th at the ISU Challenger Series Finlandia Trophy. Sadovsky is coached by Tracey Wainman in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Liam Firus, 25, North Vancouver, B.C., will be the third Canadian entry in men’s. He won the bronze medal at both of his ISU Challenger Series assignments this season, the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and the Warsaw Cup. Firus is coached by Bruno Marcotte in Sainte-Julie, Que.
World bronze medallist Gabrielle Daleman, 19, Newmarket, Ont., will represent Canada in ladies. Last year, Daleman placed fourth at this event. This season, she placed sixth at her first ISU Grand Prix assignment, the Cup of China. The 2017 Canadian silver medallist is coached by Lee Barkell and Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.
Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel, 31, Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, 32, Balmertown, Ont., are the first of two Canadian entries in pairs. This will be their first time competing at this event. Duhamel and Radford won the gold medal at their first ISU Grand Prix assignment of the season, Skate Canada International. The six-time consecutive Canadian champions are coached by Bruno Marcotte in Montreal, Que.
Canadian bronze medallists Kirsten Moore-Towers, 25, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 25, Sarnia, Ont., are the second Canadian entry in pairs. This will be their first time competing at this event. Moore-Towers and Marinaro won the bronze medal at their first ISU Grand Prix event this season, the Cup of China. They are coached by Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier and Sylvie Fullum in Montreal, Que.
Canadian bronze medallists Piper Gilles, 25, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 26, Unionville, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in ice dance. They previously competed at this event in 2015, winning bronze. Gilles and Poirier placed fourth at this first ISU Grand Prix this season, the Rostelecom Cup. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs in Scarborough, Ont.
André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, will travel with the team as team leader. Dr. Sari Kraft of Toronto, Ont., and physiotherapist Josiane Roberge of Sillery, Que., will be the Canadian medial staff onsite. Jodi Abbott of Edmonton, Alt., and Jeff Lukasik of Calgary, Alta., will be the Canadian officials at the event.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2017 SKATE AMERICA
|Men||Kevin Reynolds||27||Coquitlam, B.C.||Vancouver SC||Joanne McLeod|
|Men||Roman Sadovsky||18||Vaughan, Ont.||York Region Skating Academy||Tracey Wainman|
|Men||Liam Firus||25||North Vancouver, B.C.||Vancouver SC||Bruno Marcotte|
|Ladies||Gabrielle Daleman||19||Newmarket, Ont.||Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club||Lee Barkell/ Brian Orser|
|Pairs||Meagan Duhamel/ Eric Radford||31/32||Lively, Ont./ Balmertown, Ont.||CPA Saint-Léonard/ CPA Saint-Léonard||Bruno Marcotte|
|Pairs||Kirsten Moore-Towers/ Michael Marinaro||25/25||St. Catharines, Ont./ Sarnia, Ont.||Kitchener-Waterloo SC/ Point Edward SC Inc.||Bruno Marcotte/ Richard Gauthier/ Sylvie Fullum|
|Ice Dance||Piper Gilles/ Paul Poirier||25/26||Toronto, Ont./ Unionville, Ont.||Scarboro FSC/ Scarboro FSC||Carol Lane/ Juris Razgulajevs|