Canadians in medal contention after ladies & pair short programs
Courtesy of skatecanada.ca
The first day of competition for the 2012 Skate Canada International kicked off in Windsor, Ontario at the WFCU Centre. Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond was the first to take the ice and started things off with a bang! Osmond skated to a new personal best with 60.56 to place second in the short program. This was also Osmond’s first senior ISU Grand Prix event.
Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia edged Osmond out of first with a flawless performance to win the short program with 60.80 points. Russian Ksenia Makarova finished the short program in third with 58.56 points. Current Canadian Champion Amélie Lacoste is in seventh place with 53.81 points.
The pair teams were next to take the ice. It was no surprise that four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany came out strong to win the short with 72.26 points. Canadian Champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford also skated a solid performance to land them a new personal best and 64.49 points for second place. Stephania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy placed third with 59.79 points.
Canadian pair skaters Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers sit in fourth place after the short with 52.88 points.
Both the ladies and pair events will conclude tomorrow with their free programs.