COURCHEVEL, France – An exciting final day of competition for Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., as the second stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit comes to a close. Chiu captured a gold medal in the men’s discipline on Saturday with a score of 199.89 points. This is Canada’s second medal of the competition. Friday, Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary, Alta won a bronze medal in the women’s event.
This is Chiu’s first Junior Grand Prix win. When asked about how it felt, Chiu claimed, “This feels amazing.” Coming in 13 points ahead after his short program, Wesley said, his approach was to “block off what happened in the short program and just focus on the long program ahead.”
In the men’s discipline, Arlet Levandi of Estonia took home the silver medal, rising from 3rd to 2nd place after the long program, for a total combined score of 196.93. Capturing the bronze medal is Edward Appleby of Great Britian with a total score of 182.41.
It was a 1-2 finish for the Americans in ice dance. Oona Brown and Gage Brown of the U.S. won the gold medal with a score of 94.46, followed by Isabella Flores and Dimitry Tsarevski, with a score of 92.51. Taking home the bronze medal is Solene Mazingue and Marko Jevgeni of Estonia with a score of 84.00.
The Canadian ice dance team, Chaima Ben Khaflia of Laval, Que. and Everst Zhu of Contestogo, Ont.,held strong in eighth with a score 72.84. Canada’s second ice dance entry, Miku Makita of Anmore, B.C. and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C, withdrew from the competition.
The next ISU Junior Grand Prix will take place in Kosice, Slovakia from September 1 to 4, 2021.