2007 Canadian Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison (QC) won their first Senior title, edging out Valérie Marcoux and Craig Buntin (QC) who settled for silver. Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay (QC) won the bronze.

All three pair teams will represent Canada at both Worlds and the 4CCs.

In the Junior division, Carolyn MacCuish and Andrew Evans (CO) were the gold medal winners, while Amanda Velenosi and Mark Fernandez (QC) and Sarah McCoy and Aaron Van Cleave (AB/NT/NU) won the silver and gold, respectively.

The top two teams will be competing again at Junior Worlds.

Short Program (Juniors)

Skating to Bolero, MacCuish (14) and Evans (17) opened with a good double twist, followed by side-by-side double flips, but MacCuish had to fight for the landing on a throw triple Salchow. There was too much distance during their side-by-side flying camel spins, however, the 2007 CO Sectional Junior Champions also produced a level four spiral and a difficult lift to place first with 43.77 points.

Monica Pisotta and Michael Stewart (CO) delivered a nice double twist and a level four spiral sequence in the opening of their routine. Pisotta didn’t appear to be low enough to the ice during the back-outside death spiral, but the 2007 Eastern Challenge Junior Champions otherwise produced side-by-side double Axels and a throw triple Salchow, earning 43.50 points for a second place finish.

McCoy (15) and Van Cleave (19) opened their Forever Young routine with a good double twist and throw triple Salchow, but McCoy fell on her jump on the side-by-side double Axels. The team otherwise produced a good lift and pair combination spin, placing third with 41.89 points.

Performing to Malaguena, Velenosi (14) and Fernandez (18) opened with a good level four spiral sequence, however, Velenosi fell on her jump during the side-by-side double Axels and Fernandez turned out the landing on his. The 2006 JPG Oslo bronze medalists produced a good level four back-outside death spiral, but lost unison during the side-by-side flying camel spins. They were fourth with 41.07 points.

Emilie Demers Boutin and Pierre-Philippe Joncas (QC) placed fifth (40.75 points). Joncas singled his jump on the side-by-side double Axels, while Boutin stepped out of hers. She also fell on a throw triple Salchow.

Long Program (Juniors)

Exhibiting a “softness” in general to their skating, MacCuish and Evans opened their Midsummer’s Night routine with a throw triple, a good double twist, and a side-by-side double flip-double loop sequence. MacCuish fell on a throw triple Salchow, but the the 2006 Novice National bronze medalists otherwise produced two level four lifts and a good pair combination spin, placing first in the long (78.25 points) and overall (122.02 points).

Velenosi and Fernandez, who displayed a real sense of pairness and connection to their music, executed side-by-side double flips and a double twist in the opening of their Lawrence of Arabia routine. However, Fernandez put his hand down on the landing of his first jump of a double Axel-double Axel sequence and didn’t complete the second. Velenosi had a problem during her flying camel combination spin, but the 2007 Eastern Challenge Junior silver medalists otherwise produced two difficult lifts and two more throw jumps to place second (78.00 points) in the long and overall (119.07 points).

McCoy and Van Cleave opened with a very good double twist, followed by a throw double loop and a level three lift, but McCoy fell on the side-by-side double Axels. Nevertheless, the team, who displayed silent edges and good speed throughout, pulled off a throw triple Salchow and a side-by-side double Lutz-double flip sequence. They finished third (76.89 points) in the long and overall (117.78 points).

Pisotta (15) and Stewart (19), who stood in second after the short, placed fourth in the long (74.49 points), slipping to fourth overall (117.99 points). The 2006 Pre-Novice National Champions produced side-by-side double Axels and a throw double loop, but Pisotta fell on a throw triple Salchow and the team had unison problems on the flying camel combination spin.

Christi Anne Steele and Adam Johnson (WO), who stood in ninth after the short, placed fifth in the long and overall (112.63 points).

Boutin (16) and Joncas (21) placed seventh in the long (69.62 points) and overall (110.37 points).

Short Program (Seniors)

Skating to Galicia Flamenca by Gino D’Auri, Dubé (19) and Davison (20) opened with a throw triple Salchow in which Dubé pitched forward a bit, but the current national silver medalists recovered to deliver a double twist, a difficult lift, a solid throw triple loop, and two good spins, earning 59.94 points for a first place finish.

Marcoux (26) and Buntin (26) put out a good routine to Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White which included an excellent double twist and solid side-by-side triple toeloops, but Marcoux fell on a throw triple loop. Despite the mistake, the three-time and reigning national champions also produced a very good spiral sequence and difficult lift to place second with 59.01 points.

Performing to Mr. Monotony, Langlois (25) and Hay (23) opened with side-by-side triple toeloops and a very good double twist. The team then went on to land a throw triple Lutz and a level four spiral sequence, however, they lost unison during the side-by-side flying camel spins. They were third with 55.36 points.

Kyra Moscovitch and Dylan Moscovitch (CO) delivered a triple twist, good side-by-side double Axels, and excellent side-by-side flying camel combination spins, however, Kyra had to fight for the landing on a huge throw triple flip. They were fourth (53.34 points).

Utako Wakamatsu and Jean-Sébastien Fecteau (QC) came in fifth (52.48 points). The current national bronze medalists produced an excellent double twist, but Fecteau put his hand down on the side-by-side triple toeloops while Wakamatsu stepped out of hers.

Rachel Kirkland and Eric Radford (CO) were sixth (48.64 points), followed by Mylène Brodeur and John Mattatall (NS) who placed seventh with 47.25 points.

Elizabeth Putnam and Sean Wirtz (BC/YT) were ninth (44.90 points). Putnam doubled her jump on the side-by-side triple Salchows, while Wirtz pitched forward on the landing of his. Despite a very good throw triple Salchow, their forward straddle lift didn’t go up.

Long Program (Seniors)

Skating to The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice, Dubé and Davison produced a good double twist and a solid side-by-side double Axel sequence. The team also produced three very good lifts a an excellent throw triple Salchow, but Dubé doubled her jump on the side-by-side triple Salchows and put her hand down on a throw triple loop. The two-time World Junior silver medalists also had problems with their ending combination pair spin, but otherwise delivered a good spiral sequence, a nice straight line footwork sequence, and very good flying camel combination spins to place first in the long (114.01 points) and overall (173.95).

Langlois and Hay opened their routine with side-by-side double Axels, followed by a very good throw triple Salchow, a double twist, and a difficult lift. However, both skaters had problems on the side-by-side triple toeloop-double toeloop sequence. Despite the mistake, the team delivered a solid throw triple Lutz and two more difficult lifts to place second in the long (107.63 points) and third overall (162.99 points).

Marcoux and Buntin delivered a very good level four double twist and spiral sequence, but Marcoux had problems with her jumps – falling on the side-by-side triple toeloops and singling her jump on the side-by-side double Axels. She also fell on a throw triple Salchow, but despite the mistakes, the 2006 Skate Canada bronze medalists produced three very good lifts, a throw triple loop, and a good backward-outside death spiral to place third in the long (107.33 points) and second overall (166.34 points).

Wakamatsu (25) and Fecteau (31) executed clean side-by-side triple toeloops and a side-by-side double Axel-double toeloop sequence in their routine to The Last Emperor. They also displayed good lifts and produced a throw triple loop, but Wakamatsu put her hands down on a throw triple Salchow. The 2006 Four Continents silver medalists finished fourth in the long (105.49 points) and overall (157.97 points).

Putnam (22) and Wirtz (27), who were ninth after the short, placed fifth in the long (95.30 points) and sixth overall (140.20 points).

Kirkland (14) and Radford (21) placed sixth in the long (48.64 points) and fifth overall (141.97 points).

Moscovitch (16) and Moscovitch (22), who stood in fourth after the short, placed ninth in the long (86.41 points) and slipped to seventh overall (139.75 points).

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