Canada’s Kaiya Ruiter wins a Bronze Medal and Captures A Second Junior Grand Prix Medal

COURCHEVEL, France – It’s two weeks in a row that Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary, Alta, Junior Canadian Champion has captured a medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Ruiter was ranked third overall after her short program on Thursday. After a solid free skate on Friday, Ruiter has won a bronze medal with a total of 179.92 points, at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France. This is Ruiter’s second Junior Grand Prix medal this season. Kaiya captured a silver medal at last weekend’s Junior Grand Prix, also in Courchevel, France.

“I’m so proud of myself.” said Ruiter. “Just getting to practice and compete with some incredible skaters has been just incredible and I feel really excited about that.“

Isabeau Levito of the U.S. took gold with 202.35 points, followed by Chaeyeon Kim of Korea, capturing silver with 191.46 points.

In Ice Dance, Canada’s Chaima Ben Khelifa of Laval, Que. and Everest Zhu, of Contestogo, Ont. are currently ranked eight after their rhythm dance with 48.30 points. Currently sitting in first place is, Isabella Flores and Dimitry Tsarevski of the U.S. with 60.56 points. They are followed by another U.S. team, Oona Brown and Gage Brown with 59.79 points and Eva Bernarda and Tom Jochum of France are currently in third with 55.03 points.

Canadian Ice Dance team Miku Makita of Anmore, B.C. and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C, withdrew from the competition.

In medal contention is Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C. Wesley is currently in first place after the men’s short program. Chiu has a strong 13.03 point lead. Edward Appleby of Great Britain is currently in second with 63.23 pts and in third position is Arlet Levandi of Estonia with 61.73 points.

Competition ends Saturday with the free skates for men and ice dancing.
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Canadian ice dancers snare silver to conclude first ISU Junior Grand Prix

COURCHEVEL, France – Miku Makita of Annmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C. won the silver medal in ice dancing on Saturday to conclude the first stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

It was a first Junior Grand Prix medal in four appearances for the Canadian couple which joined forces in 2016. It was also Canada’s second silver of the competition. On Friday Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary took silver in the women’s event.

In ice dancing, Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen of the U.S. took the gold with 165.01 points followed by Makita and Gunara in second at 149.39. Hannah Lim and Ye Quan of South Korea were third at 144.27.

‘’We came back here in the long and did what we wanted to do,’’ said Makita. ‘’We trained really hard to be well prepared to deal with the altitude here.’’

Makita and Gunara, fifth at the Youth Olympics and eighth at the world juniors in early 2020, earned level fours in their Tango for their combination spin, straight line lift and rotational lift.

‘’It was weird competing again after a year and half and having judges on the panel and people watching you,’’ said Gunara.

Hailey Yu and Brendan Giang of Burnaby, B.C., climbed to eighth from ninth with their free skate.

‘’We just wanted to think back to our training and be as confident as we could,’’ said Giang. ‘’I wish we would have felt this normal as we did in our free dance, in the rhythm dance but overall it was pretty good for the first time this season.’’

It was a 1-2 American finish in men’s competition. Ilia Malinin took the gold with 214.64, Lucas Broussard was second at 192.31 and François Pitot of France third at 182.26.

Pitot edged Canadian junior champion Corey Circelli of Toronto in fourth by a mere 0.09 points. Circelli fell on his opening triple Axel and struggled in his skate after an impressive short program to stand second on Thursday.

‘’It was definitely a tough one today,’’ admitted Circelli. ‘’I’m still trying to process what happened. I think all the management around the competition I need to get use to again.’’

Courchevel will also be the second stop on the circuit this upcoming Thursday to Saturday.

Canada’s Kaiya Ruiter wins silver medal at season opening ISU Junior Grand Prix

COURCHEVEL, France – Canadian junior champion Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary produced a flawless performance in the women’s free skate Friday to win the silver medal as the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating season kicked off in the French Alps.

‘’I’m so excited,’’ said Ruiter. ‘’Just to come here to Courchevel and perform in front of a live crowd was really special.’’

Lindsay Thorngren of the U.S. took the gold with 181.45 points followed by the 15-year-old Canadian in second at 177.60. Clare Seo of the U.S., the leader after Thursday’s short program was third at 174.80.

Ruiter was third after her short. In the free skate to music from Mulan, she landed all her seven jumps including one triple combination and two double combos. There were 22 entries.

‘’The program is about strength and determination. I just wanted to go out there and skate a personal best and give everything I have,’’ she said. ‘’I enjoyed the whole thing, from the second I got on the ice to the second I got off.’’

In ice dancing, Miku Makita of Annmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C. are in second spot after the rhythm dance with 57.41 points. Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen of the U.S. have built a solid lead with 64.75 while Katerina Mrazkova and Daniel Mrazek of the Czech Republic are third at 57.04.

The Canadians, together since 2016, are chasing their first medal in four ISU Junior Grand Prix appearances. They were fifth at the Youth Olympics and eighth at the world junior championships in early 2020.

Hailey Yu and Brendan Giang of Burnaby, B.C., are ninth at 44.84.

Canada is also in medal contention in men’s competition. Canadian junior champion Corey Circelli of Toronto stands second after Thursday’s short program with 76.63. Ilia Malinin of the U.S. leads at 80.07 and Lucas Broussard of the U.S. is third at 62.65.

Competition ends Saturday with the free skates for men and ice dancing.

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Canada’s NextGen Skaters Head to France to kick off 2021-2022 ISU Junior Grand Prix 

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada’s junior skaters are excited to get back to competition, kicking off the 20212022 skating season with the ISU Junior Grand Prix Series. The first stop of seven, on this year’s circuit will be in Courchevel, France. Along the way, Canada’s top junior skaters will compete against the world for a coveted spot at the ISU Junior Grand Prix FinalSkate Canada will have four entries, for a total of six skaters, competing at the event. There will be one entry in men, one entry in women, and two entries in ice dance at the competition. This event is scheduled to take place from August 18-21, 2021.  

Corey Circelli, 18, Toronto, Ont., is the only Canadian in the men’s discipline. Circelli won gold in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson in Toronto, Ont..  

Kaiya Ruiter, 15, Calgary, Alta., is the only Canadian in the women’s discipline. Ruiter won gold in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She also won gold in junior at the 2020 Bavarian Open. She is coached by Scott Davis and Jeff Langdon in Calgary, Alta.  

Miku Makita, 18, Annmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara, 19, Burnaby, B.C., are one of two ice dance teams representing Canada at this event. The team finished fifth at the 2020 Youth Winter Olympic Games. They are coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing in Burnaby, B.C.  

Hailey Yu, 16, Burnaby, B.C., and Brendan Giang, 18, Burnaby, B.C., will also represent Canada in the ice dance discipline. This ice dance team won a bronze medal in the novice division at the Bavarian Open in 2020. They are coached by Aaron Lowe and Meghan Wing in Burnaby, B.C.  

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director and Carolyn Allwright of Waterloo, Ont., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Meaghan Shewchuk of Lloydminster, Alta., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Susan Morriss of Victoria, B.C, and Erica Topolski of Fredericton, N.B., will be the team officials at the event.  

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Corey Circelli 




Toronto, Ont. 

Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club   

Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson 



Kaiya Ruiter   



Calgary, Alta. 


The Glencoe Club   

Scott Davis and 

Jeff Langdon 


Ice Dance 

Miku Makita / Tyler Gunara   



Annemore, B.C. /  Burnaby, B.C. 


Inlet Skate Club of Port Moody 


Aaron Lowe and Meghan Wing 


Ice Dance 

Hailey Yu / Brendan Giang   



Burnaby, B.C. / Burnaby, B.C.  

Inlet SC / Champs International Skating Centre of B.C. 


Aaron Lowe and Meghan Wing