First Canadian 2010 Olympic Figure Skating team members named
(January 17, 2010) – The Pairs event began the day of free skates at the John Labatt Centre. It was a nerve-wrackingt as the top three teams were bunched very close together after the short program. Finishing on top as Canadian Champions were Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison with a nearly perfect free skate. They scored 135.40 points to finish with a total of 198.27 points. In second place, Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay had a total score of 183.42 points, and third place went to Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin with 172.18 points.
“That felt incredible from start to finish. That was probably one of the best twists we have ever done in competition. Everything flowed from one thing right into the next. I can’t really explain to you how it happened, it was natural and we were really excited about how we skated,” said Bryce Davison. “That was exactly what we wanted, and looking back it is going to give us a lot of confidence. We‘re really happy about being Canadian champions, I think that’s three so far, it’s exciting!”
“We said yesterday we wanted to bring the emotion out of the crowd, and I think that’s what we did. We felt really good in practice this morning and the warm-up felt really good. We knew we were going to do it tonight,” explained Jessica Dubé.
The next event was the Women’s Free Skate, dominated once again by Joannie Rochette. With a clean performance that scored 144.08 points in the free skate, she finished with a total of 208.23. She set a new total Canadian record, breaking the record she set previously at the Canadian Championships in 2005 with a score totaling 183.93 points. Cynthia Phaneuf placed second with a total score of 182.55 points.
Joannie recollected thinking in 2005 after she won her first national title that “well Jen (Robinson) won six, so I need to win six too,…so it’s always been at the back of my mind, so I can’t miss any if I want to win six.” After tonight Joannie is now a six-time National Canadian Champion “I’m a very competitive person and when I have to do it, it gives me a strong boost,” she said.
The senior ice dance was the last event of the day. Hometown sweethearts and defending champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated phenomenally and brought down the house scoring 107.82 points in the free dance. They also set a new Canadian record with an overall total score of 221.95 points.
“Tess and I are obviously pretty pleased with that program tonight; you could probably tell in our reaction,” said Scott Moir. “There was a lot of energy in the arena -- we were really trying to feed off that. It added a little bit of pressure for us today we really wanted go out there and give them something to stand up for.”
The fight for the second-place finish was extremely tight with Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier taking it home with a final score of 184.70 points, and Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje very close behind in third with 184.40 points.
In the afternoon the Canadian Olympic Committee, along with Skate Canada, announced the first skaters to be nominated to the Canadian team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Canada has two entries in each of the four disciplines. The pair competitors will be Jessica Dubé from St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Quebec/Bryce Davison from Huntsville, Ontario and Anabelle Langlois from Hull, Quebec/Cody Hay from Edmonton, Alberta. In ladies, the team will be Joannie Rochette, from Île Dupas, Quebec and Cynthia Phaneuf from Contrecoeur, Quebec.
Tickets for the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships are still available and can be purchased online at www.johnlabattcentre.com, by phone at 1.866.455.2849 or in person at the John Labatt Centre.
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