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News Canadian junior champs Kemp and Elizarov ‘dig in’



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Jun 21, 2003

Kemp and Elizarov are excited to have two new programs to show this coming season. The short program is to the music from the television show Succession, and the free skate is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

“It’s very different for us,” said Elizarov. “Our long program last year [to “Skyfall” and “The Writing’s on the Wall”] was powerful and we’re kind of transitioning that [energy] to the short. So, the short program is going to be more slow and powerful, whereas the long program is going to be a little more fun.”

They worked with Jeff Buttle for the short program, and with Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs for the free skate. This is their second year working with Lane and Razgulajevs, who also did the free skate last year. They appreciate the extra attention to skating skills that comes from working with ice dancers.

“It’s very humbling,” said Elizarov. “We work with Juris for skating skills, and he gives us exercises to do that his teams do in Scarborough. They’re very difficult, and eventually we get them, but it’s definitely a lot harder than it looks!”


Jun 11, 2023
I appreciate the appreciation for them coming from Winnipeg 😁 Not surprised given who the interviewer was :) Winnipeg to Toronto is a big change, it's good that they're adjusting to it.

I do like Ava talking about how competing with a partner is very calming. I'm interested in the difference between competing in singles vs pairs/ice dance/synchro. Hopefully they'll learn from the experience of having the pressure at Junior Worlds and build on it.

Looking forward to seeing them as domestic seniors and hopefully injury-free.