That Was The Week That Was In Figure Skating (24-30 October 2016)

We take a quick look back at what happened in the world of skating over the course of the past week.

Home Competitors Shine At Skate Canada

The Grand Prix Series roadshow moved on to its second stop of the season arriving in Mississauga, Ontario for Skate Canada.

It was a case of deja vu with Patrick Chan winning for the second year in a row pushing rival Yuzuru Hanyu down to second place again. The short program had been a messy affair with Chan falling on a triple Axel, although he still finished the segment in first place. Hanyu botched both his quadruple loop and Salchow attempts, turning the latter into a triple. The 2014 Olympic champion was in an unfamiliar fourth going into the free skating. He fell on an opening quad loop in the free, but held himself together to win that portion of the event. However, the advantage Chan had from the short was insurmountable and Hanyu fell short by just under four points. Kevin Reynolds was third in both segments to win bronze. It was the Canadian’s first ever Grand Prix medal of any colour.

Evgenia Medvedeva also started where she left off last season and picked up her first Skate Canada title. The World champion posted a new personal best of 76.24 in the short. While she was not so squeaky clean in the free, a score of 144.41 was more than enough to seal victory. Kaetlyn Osmond provided the strongest challenge to the Russian and a new personal best short score of 74.33 put her ninth on the all-time list. Despite falling on a triple loop in the free, the Canadian also notched up a career high of 132.12 in that segment in coming second overall. She had finished 11th at Skate Canada 2015. Satoko Miyahara rebounded after a fifth place in the short to take bronze.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford romped home to their third straight Skate Canada title by over 16 points. The two-time World champions unleashed a triple Axel throw in their short that was almost cleanly landed. In the free, they reverted back to a quad Salchow which Duhamel fell on. The new pairing of Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang took silver with Lubov Iliushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch claiming another medal for Canada with a bronze.

It was mission accomplished for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in winning their sixth Skate Canada title. However, they were given a stiffer test by Madison Chock and Evan Bates than many may have envisaged. The 2010 Olympic champions pipped the Americans by just over a point in the short dance, but the tables were turned in the free dance with Chock and Bates gaining the edge. Virtue and Moir clung on to win by a mere 0.82. In a high calibre field, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier fended off Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte to come in third.


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