(November 2, 2008) – The second day of HomeSense Skate Canada International served up three medals for Canadian skaters. Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison started the medal run with a silver in pairs. A few hours later Patrick Chan stood on top of the podium in the men’s competition and Joannie Rochette ended the day by winning gold in the ladies event.
Late Saturday afternoon in Ottawa at Scotiabank Place, Patrick Chan 17, Toronto, Ont., was able to move up one spot from his second place finish in the short. Chan won the gold medal with a free program score of 137.98 and an overall score of 215.45.
“I pretty much owe it to my short program for helping me today. I really appreciate how important the short program is and how important it is to have a good start in the competition with a strong short program,” said Chan. “Overall I was really happy with my performances.”
American Ryan Bradley also moved up a spot to finish second with a free program score of 140.25 and a total score of 212.75. American teammate Evan Lysacek moved up a spot as well to finish with the bronze. Lysacek had a free program score of 137.87 and a total score of 209.27.
Shawn Sawyer, 23, Edmundston, N.B., was the highlight of the men’s free program, winning the free program with an impressive score of 142.36 points to finish in fifth with a total score of 206.56. Jeremy Ten, 19, Vancouver, B.C., also improved from the short program to finish in 10th with a free program score of 118.86 and an overall score of 169.79.
Joannie Rochette, 22, Île Dupas, Que., held on to her lead from the short program to take home the gold after the free program. Her total score was 188.89 and in the free she scored 124.15 points.
“My goal coming here this week was to be able to feel at home. I knew it was a hometown crowd and they would be super loud when I got out there,” said Rochette. “I felt relaxed and calm all day. I just had to trust my training and do what I do at home.”
Japan's Fumie Suguri finished in second with 163.86 points and 105.94 in the free. American Alissa Czisny jumped from sixth in the short to third overall after a strong free program; she scored 108.26 and had an overall score of 157.92.
Cynthia Phaneuf, 20, Contrecoeur, Que., moved up a spot to eighth. She scored 88.41 points in the free and had an overall total of 133.47. Canadian teammate Myriane Samson, 20, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., finished in 12th with a free program score of 112.74 and an overall score of 72.32.
Canadian pair team of Jessica Dubé, 21, Drummondville, Que., and Bryce Davison, 22, Cambridge, Ont., jumped into second place after the free program to win the silver with a score of 111.95 and a overall score of 176.54 just .43 off the gold medal.
“We are really happy about our performance today. For sure there are always things to work on but I think it’s a good start,” said Dubé.
“I think we did a really good job coming back and not forgetting what happened yesterday but attacking our long program; going out and just having fun with our new long program,” said Davison.
Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov of Russia took home the gold with 116.40 and an overall total of 176.97. The Americans Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker finished in third with 100.85 points and an overall total of 161.51.
Mylène Brodeur, 21, Stanbridge-Station, Que., and John Mattatall, 25, Wallace, N.S., made a huge leap from sixth in the short program to an impressive fourth place finish. They scored 98.38 points in the free program, a new personal best for them and an overall total of 149.14. Rachel Kirkland, 15, and Eric Radford, 23, both from Toronto, Ont., also jumped a spot, finishing sixth. They had an overall score of 141.66 and 91.58 in the free program.
In ice dance, the top three from the compulsory dance remain the same. Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White are still sitting in first after the original dance with 90.65 points, France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat are in second with 81.27 and Americans Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre are in third with 80.35 points.
Vanessa Crone, 18, Aurora, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 16, Unionville, Ont., posted a score of 49.13 after the original dance and dropped a spot to fifth with 80.24 points. Andrea Chong, 21, Toronto, Ont., and Guillaume Gfeller, 23, Montreal, Que., stayed in eighth with 69.53 points and 43.24 in the original dance.
Ice dance will finish on Sunday with the free dance.
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