Local skaters are in 5th and 9th place after the short program at the International Skating Union’s Junior Grand Prix championship in Riga Latvia.
Canadian junior champions Trennt Michaud of Brighton and partner Evelyn Walsh are in 5th spot heading into today’s free skate program. Michaud is now a member of the Trenton Figure Skating Club. Michaud and Walsh are veterans of International Skating.
Last season, they placed 11th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Estonia and fifth in Germany. They also won the junior level at the 2017 Bavarian Open, and placed fifth at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Ice dancers Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio of Laval, Que., placed fifth Saturday at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.
Riga - Free Dance - ISU - JGP 2017
Russians were 1-2. Sofia Schevchenko and Igor Eremenko took the gold with 140.91 points and Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov won silver with 139.83. Caroline Green and Gordon Green of the U.S. were third at 124.58.
Fabbri and Pietrantonio, in their third career Junior Grand Prix, were fourth after the short program. They produced the sixth best free skate performed to Moulin Rouge soundtrack selections to wind up fifth at 119.67.
Valerie Taillefer of Montreal and Jason Chan of St. Laurent, Que., climbed from ninth to eighth with the seventh best free dance.