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Canada’s Mallet shoots for strong start

Veronik Mallet

Canada’s Véronik Mallet performs her long program at 2014 Skate Canada.

Canada’s Véronik Mallet had a bumpy season last year, beginning with her ISU Challenger Series at 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy where she finished seventh. She then finished 10th at both her Grand Prix events in Canada and France.

“Last year was a hard year for me as I wasn’t able to do what I was doing at home when I was training,” said the 21-year-old, “but I learned not to give up and to keep working hard.”

Her goal at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships was to make the podium, and she did it. The skater placed second in the short program, and third in the long and overall.

“I did my best scores in both programs and I felt very confident at that point in of the year,” said Mallet, who later finished 14th at the 2015 Four Continents Championships.

The skater currently trains at the Champions Training Center in Contrecoeur, Que., under Annie Barabé, Maximin Cïoa and Sophie Richard.

“I have trained with them for the past seven years,” said Mallet. “I live in Sept-Iles and it is twelve hours from Contrecoeur, so I have been going there every summer to train with them.”

Next year, the Quebecoise plans to change rinks and will train in Varennes, which is approximately 35 minutes from Contrecoeur.

The skater began the 2015-16 season with a summer competition in Philadelphia, Penn., but withdrew from the Quebec Summer Championships due to a minor ankle injury which happened a week prior to the event. She is currently competing at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Classic which are taking place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“My biggest goal this year is to incorporate my triple toe-triple toe into my short program and my double Axel-triple toe into my long program,” revealed the Canadian bronze medalist. “I tried it for the first time at the Philadelphia summer competition. It was not perfect, but I am happy that I tried it for the first time.”

The skater will be keeping her short program to Chopin’s “Waltz No. 7” from last season, however, her new long program is to “Allegro molto appassionato” from Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64.” Both routines were choreographed by David Wilson.

“My skating in the long program is more mature,” said Mallet. “The program is a new style for me and is more artistically and technically challenging. I have a lot of transitions before and after my elements.”

Mallet, who is currently studying Human Science at CEGEP in Sorel-Tracy, Que., would like to eventually become a professor at a primary school. She would also like to be a figure skating coach.