QUOTES FROM 2015 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING SENIOR CHAMPIONS

NAM NGUYEN (CO)

“It was a great performance for myself. I was really excited and also a little bit nervous before I stepped onto the ice because Jeremy skated before me. Everyone was standing up. I am really happy pushed through and was able to show everyone my full potential.”

“To skate well in front of a Canadian audience is really cool. People say that I am the next Patrick Chan. It is a really big honour for them to call me that.”

GABRIELLE DALEMAN (CO)

PRE- COMPETITION

“There is pressure coming in as number one. But, I am also more excited. I have more confidence so it’s kind of like a mix. The pressure comes with all of the excitement, adrenaline and the confidence. So, I am actually kind of happy. I feel ready for this competition. I just feel so excited to be here. Coming into this competition as the number one girl, just puts so much more confidence in me. You can really see on the ice that I am enjoying myself. It’s just a pleasure to skate, especially in Kingston where it’s not really close to me, but it is not that far. To skate in front of Canada, it’s not really pressure it’s more exciting.”

“This season I have been a lot more confident from the Olympics.

AFTER HER FREE PROGRAM

“I was so proud of myself. The crowd was amazing here. My friends, my family, everyone was just so supportive this weekend.”

“I gave it everything that I got and it paid off in the end.”

MEAGAN DUHAMEL AND ERIC RADFORD (QC)

Meagan: “It was the best we have done this year. But, as evidenced, we can still do better. We want to leave something for worlds. The program itself is growing and every day at home we’re able to improve upon ourselves not just in competition and we did a lot of good run-throughs before we came here of the long program so we were feeling really confident.”

Eric: “We always have a little bit of an idea of where our score could be. We don’t really concentrate on that specific aspect as much as we used to. So when we have a good skate, we kind of expect a good number.”

KAITLYN WEAVER AND ANDREW POJE (NO)

On winning their first Canadian ice dance title:

Kaitlyn: “It’s incredible. We planned for this. We had the goal of being champions but now that it’s here it means so much more than any other gold medal that we have won this year.”

Andrew: “I think that it was definitely one of our most nerve-racking competitions even though we knew that we could achieve it if we put two solid performances down. We were nervous because we really wanted this and it was important to us.”

CANADA’S FUTURE SKATING STARS: NOVICE CHAMPIONS

NOVICE MEN

The 2015 Canadian Men’s Champion is Gabriel St. Jean (QC). The 2015 Skate Canada Challenge Novice Men’s silver medallist earned a total score of 118.23 which was higher than the score of 111.28 that he received at the 2015 Skate Canada Challenge in Pierrefonds, Quebec in December 2014. St. Jean’s free program was highlighted by a triple loop, triple salchow-double loop and a double axel.

Gabriel Farand (QC), who led after the short program, won the silver medal. He obtained a combined score of 117.09. Conrad Orzel vaulted from eighth after the short program to claim the bronze medal with a score of 115.35.

NOVICE WOMEN

Rachel Pettitt (BC/YK) is the 2015 Canadian Novice Women’s Champion. Pettitt skated her free program to Doctor Zhivago and successfully completed a triple toe-double toe loop, triple salchow, triple toe loop and double axel.

Alicia Pineault (QC) captured the silver medal with a score of 109.63. Justine Brasseur, the leader after the short program and the 2015 Skate Canada Challenge champion, achieved 109.05 points to win the bronze medal.

NOVICE PAIR

Justine Brasseur and Mathieu Ostiguy (QC) claimed the goal medal with a score of 111.63. In their free program, they nailed side-by-side triple toe loops, side-by-side double axel-double toe loop combinations and received a level three for their group 3 lift.

Olivia Boys-Eddy and Mackenzie Boys-Eddy (CO) earned the silver medal with 108.44 points. Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland (QC) won the bronze medal with a total competition score of 103.60.

NOVICE DANCE

Marjorie Lajoie/Zachary Lagha (QC) won the gold medal with a score of 93.80. Lajoie and Lagha achieved a level four for their curve lift, combination spin and rotational lift. They obtained level three for their synchronized twizzles, circular steps in hold and midline not touching steps.

Sabrina Bedard and Zoe Duval-Yergeau (QC) acquired the silver medal with a total competition score of 90.85 and Ellie Fisher and Parker Brown (C0) obtained the bronze medal with a total score of 88.55.

SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE SKATERS AT THE 2015 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

1. With his gold medal at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Nam Nguyen (CO) has won all national titles at every level starting from juvenile to senior (juvenile, pre-novice, novice, junior and senior).

2. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (NO) won their first senior ice dance title.

3. Kim DeGuise Levellee (QC), the 2014 Canadian Junior Women’s champion, finished 5th at her first senior nationals.

4. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (QC) land a throw quadruple salchow in their free program.

5. Justine Brasseur (QC) competed in Novice Women and Novice Pair and won a medal in both events. She won the bronze medal in Novice Women and the gold medal in Novice Pair.

LUBOV ILYUSHECHKINA AND DYLAN MOSCOVITCH

COACHES: LEE BARKELL, TRACY WILSON, BRYCE DAVISON

CHOREOGRAPHER: DAVID WILSON

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THEIR SHORT AND FREE PROGRAM AT THE 2015 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS:

SHORT – Side-by-side triple Salchows, Throw Triple Lutz, Level Four Group Three Lift

FREE – Level Four Group 5 Reverse Lasso Lift, Level Four Group Three Lift, Throw Triple Loop, Level Two Back Outside Death Spiral, Level Three Axel Lasso Lift

SHORT PROGRAM SCORE: 65.15

FREE PROGRAM SCORE: 122.70

ON HER EXPERIENCE COMPETING AT A CANADIAN SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS:

“I like it. I really like it. I feel like it’s an exhibition. The audience is supportive. Fantastic. It really helps. I enjoy to perform for people. It is like energy exchange. They enjoy us. I enjoy them. We enjoy them together.”

DYLAN’S PERSPECTIVE ON WINNING THE SILVER MEDAL AT THEIR FIRST CANADIANS TOGETHER:

“Great. Lubov is very happy to be at nationals in Canada. We’re excited that we are here. Seven months ago we had no idea what would happen. We just started working hard and hoping that we would get an opportunity to get here. We didn’t even know if we would be able to do any internationals. The year has really panned out almost the best that it possibly could. We came out here hoping to do two clean skates. We had a couple of bobbles but all in all we are happy. We prepared very well. We trained hard. We had fun.”

ATHLETE PROFILE: ROMAN SADOVSKY

BORN: May 31, 1999

HOMETOWN: Vaughn, Ontario

COACH:  Tracey L. Wainman/Gregor Filipowski

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM HIS SHORT AND FREE PROGRAMS AT THE 2014 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Short – Triple Lutz-Triple Toe, Level four Change Camel Spin, Level four Step Sequence and Level four Camel Combination Spin

Free – Triple Lutz-Double Toe, Triple Loop, Level four Flying Sit Spin, Level four Step Sequence, Level four Change Camel Spin and Level four Camel Combination Spin

Short Program Score: 68.59

Free Program Score: 143.84

 ON GOALS FOR NEXT SEASON:

“To get a triple axel or maybe a quadruple salchow”

 ON RECEIVING A STANDING OVATION FROM THE AUDIENCE:

“When I was spinning, I could already hear the crowd. I could pretty much predict that they were on their feet, clapping, yelling and cheering. It almost inspired me more.”

ATHLETE PROFILE: NAM NGUYEN

BORN:  May 20, 1995

HOMETOWN: Toronto, Ontario

COACH: Brian Orser/Ernest M. Pryhita

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM HIS SHORT AND FREE PROGRAM AT THE 2014 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Short – Triple Axel, Triple Loop, Level four Flying Sit Spin and Level four Camel Combination spin

Free – Triple Axel, Triple Lutz-Triple Toe Combination, Triple Flip, Level four Step Sequence and Level four Camel combination spin

SHORT PROGRAM SCORE:  70.97

FREE PROGRAM SCORE: 147.46

 IN HIS OWN WORDS:

“Some people may be surprised but my goal was to be in the top 3 and hopefully go to the Olympics. But, I also want to make it on the national team (top 5). Another goal was to get my axels into both programs and obviously I’ve done that. I am happy about doing my triple axel in my long today. I delivered all of my elements with quality.”

 ON RECEIVING A STANDING OVATION FROM THE AUDIENCE:

“It made me feel extremely proud of myself. Because I know when they stand up, I know that I have given it my all to them and my practices are paying off.”

RECAP OF THE SENIOR EVENTS AT THE 2014 CANADIAN TIRE NATIOAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

MEN

 Chan (CO) captured his seventh Canadian title at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships with a total score of 277.42. Skating to Four Seasons by Vivaldi in his free program, Chan nailed a quadruple-toe, triple-toe combination and triple axel. He doubled his second quadruple-toe attempt. He earned a Level four for his step sequence, flying sit spin, and camel combination spin.

“The program was a little bit shaky here and there. But if I look at it as a whole, I just missed the quad toe and did it into a double toe, but other than that it was good, in my opinion” Chan said.

“I am so proud to be Canadian and to skate for Canada. To go to these next Olympics being the seven time national champion is huge. It is just so easy to overlook it. But mistakes like yesterday keep me humble and make me realize how Nationals isn’t easy and I cannot overlook it ” Chan added.

Reynolds (BC/YK) moved up a spot to earn the silver medal with a total of 242.45 points. Although Reynolds had problems with many of his jump elements, he earned a Level four for his step sequence and flying camel combination spin.

“I definitely needed this heading into Sochi” Reynolds said.

“The past two weeks have actually been very nerve-wracking for me because nothing had been going well in training. So to be able to do this, even though it was far from perfect, I am very satisfied” Reynolds continued.

Skating to “The Bolt” by Dmitri Shastakovich, Firus (BC/YK) won the bronze medal with a competition score of 238.13. In the free program, the 21-year-old skater was downgraded on his triple axel, but received positive GOEs from the judges for his triple lutz-triple toe combination, triple lutz and triple toe-double toe combination. His step sequence received a Level three and his flying camel combination spin and camel combination spin garnered a Level four.

 

WOMEN

Osmond (AB/NT/NU) successfully defended her national title with a total score of 207.24.  A triple flip-double toe, double axel-triple toe, triple lutz and a triple toe-double toe, double toe, highlighted Osmond’s free program, which she skated to selections from the Mission Cleopatre Soundtrack. Her flying camel combination spin, step sequence and camel combination spin each obtained Level four.

“I am very proud of it. It’s exactly what I wanted to do in this program and it’s the way that I’ve been practicing. It’s the first time I’ve done an actually clean program in competition for a long program so I am super excited. I’m still in shock” said Osmond.

Daleman (CO) skated a strong free program to secure the silver medal with 182.47 points. She nailed a triple lutz-triple toe and double axel-triple toe combination The 2012 Junior Women’s Canadian Figure Skating Champion obtained a Level four for her flying camel spin and layback spin, but her step sequence and camel combination spin each warranted a Level three.

“I’m really happy with that skate. I was a little nervous going on before knowing what is on the line with Sochi but I just talked to myself and calmed myself down” Daleman said.

Daleman surpassed her previous best score of 174 at this competition.

Lacoste (QC) earned the bronze medal with a total competition score of 166.69. The 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Canadian Figure Skating Champion struggled in the free program with her jump elements, but her flying camel spin, step sequence and camel combination spin each attained Level four.

 

PAIR

 Duhamel and Radford (QC) won their third Canadian senior pair title with a total score of 213.62. Skating a near flawless free program to Alice in Wonderland by Elfman, Duhamel and Radford performed a Level three triple twist, side-by-side triple lutzes, throw triple loop and a throw triple lutz. Their lifts, backward outside death spirals and spin elements each earned Level four. Their only mistake came on their side-by-side triple salchow combination jumps when she fell on the triple salchow.

The silver medalists were Moore-Towers and Moscovitch (WO) who obtained 209.44 points.  In their free program, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch obtained a Level two for their triple twist and level two for their backward outside death spiral. They achieved Level four for their lifts, pairs’ combination spin and side-by-side pair flying combination spins.

“Of course we wanted it to be gold but we had a bit of a mistake in the long program. It was uncharacteristic and we don’t intend on it happening again. But, it led us to second place. Meagan and Eric give us a run for our money every time. They are tough competitors every time” Moore-Towers commented.

“At the same time, our preparation for this event was spot on” Moscovitch said.

“We both felt great out there. We definitely put our time in for this event and it paid off. We both felt great in both programs” Moscovitch added.

Lawrence and Swiegers (SK) received the bronze medal with a total competition score of 176.31. Lawrence and Swiegers earned a Level four for their side-by-side flying combination spins, pair combination spin and two lifts in their free program skated to selections from Oz the Great and Powerful soundtrack.

“I am just so happy. I’m so relieved right now. It’s been a dream of mine for a really long time” Lawrence said.

“There’s really nothing you can say. We’ve been working on this for ten plus years. We’re really excited about what we did out there today and just overcome with all emotion. We’re just excited” Swiegers added.

 

DANCE

 Virtue and Moir (WO), who have been skating together since 1997, captured their sixth national senior ice dance title with an overall score of 194.03 setting a new Canadian record. With the exception of their synchronized twizzles, all of Virtue and Moir’s elements earned a Level four.

“It was a great performance. Obviously there was a little slip up on the last twizzle but overall I don’t think that is a big deal. I know I can do that” Virtue said.

“I think that we’re right on track. The point is to peak in Sochi so it would be alarming if we skated perfectly in both programs here. I think that we’re right where we need to be” Virtue continued.

Weaver and Poje (NO), who are also an elite ice dance team in the world, won the silver medal with a total competition score of 183.54. They skated their free dance to selections from the album, Maria de Buenos Aires: Tango Operita and their rotational lift and diagonal in hold step sequence garnered a Level three while their other elements each warranted a Level four.

“We are just so happy to put out those two performances” Weaver said.

“We’re definitely proud of our performances and to think back on where we were four years ago, even last year, I feel that’s made us into the people that we are and I feel that we’ve used that to prove to the people and ourselves that we want to be there and we want to be on the top” Poje added.

“We did exactly what we planned on doing and I think that is priceless experience going into the Olympics Games” Weaver continued.

Paul and Islam (CO) claimed the bronze medal with170.64 points. Paul and Islam, who train at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, received positive GOE’s from all of the judges for all of their elements. The team’s elements each received a Level four other than their diagonal step sequence that obtained a Level three.

“We got over a hundred points [in the free dance] and that is definitely new for us. It’s just such an amazing feeling. I cannot even express it. I don’t even know what to say” Paul said.

“This whole year we believed that we could do it. But, at the same time when it happens it’s so unbelievable. We’re ecstatic; we’re speechless. This is just the most amazing moment probably in my whole life right now” Islam added.

ATHLETE PROFILE: GABRIELLE DALEMAN

BORN: January 13, 1998

HOMETOWN: Newmarket, Ontario

COACH: Andrei Berezintsev/Inga Zusev

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM HER SHORT AND FREE PROGRAM AT THE 2014 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Short – Triple Lutz-Triple Toe Combination, Double Axel, Level 4 Layback Spin and Level 4 Camel Combination Spin

Free – Triple Lutz-Triple Toe Combination, Double Axel-Triple Toe Combination, Triple Lutz, Level 4 Camel Spin and Level 4 Layback Spin

 SHORT PROGRAM SCORE: 58.38

 FREE PROGRAM SCORE: 124.09

 

IN HER OWN WORDS:

“I was about 8 years old when I decided that I wanted to be a competitive skater. Joannie Rochette inspired me because of the way Joannie skates with such passion and how she loves what she does.”

 

HER THOUGHTS AFTER FINISHING HER FREE PROGRAM:

“After my skate, I was speechless because I did the lutz-toe, axel-toe but I stepped out of my triple flip. I did my hardest jump which is the loop. Okay, I might have done it. I might have gotten my goal.”

 

ON MAKING THE OLYMPIC TEAM:

“I am still trying to process being with Tessa and Scott, Patrick Chan and all the high-named athletes. I pinch myself to make sure that I am not dreaming. It’s just the best feeling in the world.”