OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Emmy Bronsard and Aissa Bouaraguia of Montreal made an impressive international debut on Friday with a fourth place finish in ice dancing at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.
Bronsard and Bouaraguia were within eight points of the podium with 140.67. Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov of Russia won the gold medal with 161.00, Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya of Georgia were second at 154.17 and Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin of Russia third at 148.62.
The Canadians followed at 140.67.
“We were stressed a bit because we wanted a good result,” said Bouaraguia. “It all went very well. We were well synchronized and we had a lot of energy. Still our most important goal was to gain experience.”
Olivia McIsaac of Burlington, Ont., and Corey Circelli of Toronto were seventh. Circelli, also a singles skater, has battled early season injuries which prevented himself and the couple from competing at an earlier Grand Prix.
“We only had two weeks of run throughs going into this,” said Circelli. “We gave it everything we had especially in the free today. After the short we felt we had a little more to give and so today we just went out and forgot about the scores.”
The pairs competition also concluded Friday with Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Brandon Toste of Mississauga, Ont., in 10th while Gabrielle Levesque of Bridgetown, N.S., and Pier-Alexandre Hudon of Roch-des-Aulnaies, Que., were 11th.
“I’m quite satisfied with our performance,” said Toste, “Our goal was to skate faster and deliver a better performance. I feel like we achieved that even with the small technical mistakes we made.”
Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., is third after the men’s short program at 73.74 while 13-year-old Aleksa Rakic of Burnaby, Ont., is sixth at 66.01.
Camden Pulkinen of the U.S. leads at 81.01 and Andrei Mozalev of Russia is second at 78.83.
Competition ends Saturday with the men’s free skate.
Full results: ISU JGP Czech Skate 2018