Amelie Lacoste wins Canadian Nationals
Yesterday night Canada has got the new national ladies’ champion – 23-year-old Amelie Lacoste. Amelie, last year’s bronze medalist, took the gold medal Saturday night by narrowly edging out defending champion Cynthia Phaneuf by just 1.57 points.
Without a proven, standout ladies competitor, Skate Canada officials are still undecided about who should represent Canada at the upcoming World Championships in Nice in March.
A Skate Canada committee will make that choice in the nearest days. But William Thompson, Skate Canada’s chief executive officer, made it clear after Lacoste received her gold that her victory is by no means an automatic ticket to the Worlds.
“We will not play games with this, but we may look at another competition,” he told to the media, explaining that skating officials may send both Amelie Lacoste, Cynthia Phaneuf and one other ladies’ skater to the Four Continents championships next month in Colorado, as a final testing ground for the 2012 Worlds.
Cynthia Phaneuf, who landed all but one of her seven jumps, actually won the free program yesterday, but because of her poor, fourth-place showing in the short program on Friday, ended up in second place overall.
Amelie Lacoste was a point behind Phaneuf in the free skate but her performance was enough to capture the National title.
Kaetlyn Osmond, the 16-year-old from Alberta, who came out of nowhere Friday to win the short program, performed a less dazzling free program Saturday and finished with the bronze medal at her first ever senior competition.
“It was my goal to win Nationals, to achieve what I always wanted since I was a little girl,” said Lacoste to the press. “It’s a step closer to my real dream, to be on the Olympic team in 2014. Now I’m working to what new goal. I hope I’m going to Worlds. I think that’s the rule – whoever wins Nationals goes to the Worlds. We’ll see.” she added.
By the real sporting principles Amelie is absolutely right. But Cynthia Phaneuf has another opinion.
“I just hope (Skate Canada) is going to wait for maybe another skate, to choose who is going to Worlds, because I think I deserve my place there. I can be a good representative for Canada.” she said.
Phaneuf placed fifth at the World Championships in 2010, but has struggled so far during this skating season, and has turned to a famous coach Brian Orser.
“It was my goal to win Nationals — to achieve what I always wanted since I was a little girl,” said Lacoste. “It’s a step closer to my real dream, to be on the Olympic team in 2014. Now I’m working to what new goal.”
Photo by: Justine Chiu
Canadian figure skating championships 2012 – All medalists
1. Amelie Lacoste 159.51
2. Cynthia Phaneuf 157.94
3. Kaetlyn Osmond 155.47
1. Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford 190.11
2. Jessica Dube / Sebastien Wolfe 171.60
3. Paige Lawrence / Rudi Swiegers 168.84
1. Patrick Chan 302.14
2. Kevin Reynolds 239.44
3. Jeremy Ten 207.50
1. Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir 180.02
2. Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje 174.53
3. Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 163.54