Canadian skaters pick up national titles
By Skate Canada
The Hershey Centre was full of energy as the senior free programs took place on Saturday night at the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. The building was sold out and the skating lived up to the spirit of the crowd.
The senior pair program kicked off the evening of championships skating and it was a battle for top spot. The last three teams all skated clean and left it up to the judges to decide the podium. In the end, it was Quebec’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford winning their second pair title with 206.63. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Western Ontario skated a chilling free skate to win the silver medal with 204.54 points. Saskatchewan duo Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers scored a total of 171.13 to win the bronze medal.
The men hit the ice next and taking gold was Central Ontario’s Patrick Chan with 273.75 points. Chan is now a six-time Canadian champion. British Columbia/Yukon’s Kevin Reynolds laid down three quads to win the silver medal with 261.26 points. Andrei Rogozine of Central Ontario picked up the bronze medal with 207.85 points.
The women’s event ended Saturday night with their free program and it was the teenagers owning the podium. Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut’s Kaetlyn Osmond claimed her first Canadian title. Osmond energized the crowd with her version of Carmen, scoring 201.34 points. Gabrielle Daleman of Central Ontario won her first senior medal with 163.90 points and Alaine Chartrand of Eastern Ontario also picked up her first senior medal with 157.22 points.
The senior ice dance event was the final event of the competition, taking place on Sunday afternoon. Western Ontario’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their fifth Canadian title with 187.23 points. Winning the silver was Central Ontario’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier with 170.81 points. Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams of British Columbia/Yukon jumped from fourth after the short dance to win the bronze medal with 152.56 points.
Photo: Fred Thornhill