Alaine Chartrand wins bronze medal at Grand Prix

MOSCOW – Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., took a giant step in her career on Saturday as she won the bronze medal in women’s competition to conclude the Rostelecom Cup, the fourth stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

World junior champion Rika Hongo of Japan earned the gold medal with 178.00 points followed by Anna Pogorilaya of Russia, the Skate Canada International champion two weeks ago, in second at 173.43.

Chartrand, the leader after Friday’s short program, was third with a personal best 172.00 for her first international medal.

‘’Definitely I reached a new level today to win a medal in my first season on the senior Grand Prix,’’ said Chartrand, 18.  ‘’I didn’t feel any extra pressure today because I had won the short program.  I’m always nervous anyway.’’

Despite the medal, Chartrand wasn’t thrilled with her free skate.  While she stayed on her feet from start to finish she did have to fight hard for some of her successful landings.

‘’There is definitely room for improvement,’’ she said.  ‘’But it was certainly better than at Skate Canada (where she finished seventh).’’

In men’s competition, Javier Fernandez of Spain took the gold with Sergei Voronov of Russia second and Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic third.  Jeremy Ten of Vancouver was 10th.

Despite the result, Ten was pleased with his achievements this weekend.

‘’I came here to introduce may quad jump into the program and for me that was a success,’’ said Ten.  ‘’I gained confidence that it’s a jump that I have the ability to land, hopefully at my next competition. I was also pleased with how I came back with a strong triple Axel today as well.’’

Next weekend, the circuit heads to Bordeaux, France for the Trophee Eric Bompard.

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Canada’s Alaine Chartrand leads after short program

MOSCOW – Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., is in first place after the women’s short program at the fourth stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit in figure skating.

Chartrand produced 61.18 points as she put herself in position to win a first international medal. Her program included a double Axel which was quickly followed by a soaring triple Lutz in combination with a triple toe loop.

World junior champion Rika Hongo of Japan stands second at 59.85 and Anna Pogorilaya of Russia, the Skate Canada International winner two weeks ago, is third at 59.32

Chartrand, 18, is in her first season on the senior circuit. After placing seventh at Skate Canada two weeks ago she said: “I was looking to improve on that. I really just wanted to have big jumps, clean jumps.

In the men’s short program, Jeremy Ten of Vancouver skated a clean program which included a triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe for ninth.

Chartrand and Ten are the only two Canadian entries here this weekend.  All free skates are on Saturday.

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Canadian figure skaters travel to Moscow for Rostelecom Cup

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send one entry in men’s and one entry in ladies to Moscow, Russia, for the fourth stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The Rostelecom Cup will take place from November 14-16, 2014, at the Luzhniki Small Sports Arena.

Jeremy Ten, 25, Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian entry in men’s. This season, Ten won bronze at the inaugural Skate Canada Autumn Classic International. Last season, the representative of Grandview Skating Club won bronze at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, and placed ninth at the 2014 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. He is coached by Joanne McLeod and Neil Wilson at the Champs International Skating Centre.

Alaine Chartrand, 18, Prescott, Ont., will represent Canada in the ladies category. Earlier this season, she placed seventh at her first assignment on the ISU Senior Grand Prix circuit, Skate Canada International, and placed fourth at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. She is coached by Michelle Leigh and Leonid Birinberg, and trains at the Nepean Skating Club.

Petra Burka of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian team leader at the event, and physiotherapist Mike McMurray of Oak Bluff, Man., will be the Canadian medical staff. André-Marc Allainof Gatineau, Que., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

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Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men’s Jeremy Ten 25 Vancouver, B.C. Grandview SC Joanne McLeod / Neil Wilson
Ladies Alaine Chartrand 18 Prescott, Ont. Nepean Skating Club Michelle Leigh / Leonid Birinberg