(December 11, 2008) – Canadian skaters will lace up their skates today as they hit the ice in Goyang City, Republic of Korea for the first day of competition at the 2008 ISU Grand Prix Final. The official practices began yesterday.

Skate Canada has a total of five entries and six skaters in Goyang City; two entries in senior and three in junior. Patrick Chan in senior men, Joannie Rochette in senior ladies, Elladj Baldé in junior men, Diane Szmiett in junior ladies and Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill in junior ice dance will all represent Canada.

Canada’s success on this season’s ISU Junior and Senior Grand Prix circuit resulted in sixteen medals; eight in senior and eight in junior.

Gold

Patrick Chan

Trophee Eric Bompard - Paris, France

Senior Men

Joannie Rochette

Trophee Eric Bompard - Paris, France

Senior Ladies

Patrick Chan

HomeSense Skate Canada International - Ottawa, Ontario

Senior Men

Joannie Rochette

HomeSense Skate Canada International - Ottawa, Ontario

Senior Ladies

 

Silver

Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison

HomeSense Skate Canada International - Ottawa, Ontario

Senior Pair

Vanessa Crone / Paul Poirier

HomeSense Skate Canada International - Ottawa, Ontario

Senior Ice Dance

Diane Szmiett

ISU Junior Grand Prix - Cape Town, South Africa

Junior Ladies

Elladj Baldé

ISU Junior Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico

Junior Men

Kharis Ralph/Asher Hill

ISU Junior Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico

Junior Ice Dance

Kharis Ralph/Asher Hill

ISU Junior Grand Prix - Courchevel, France

Junior Ice Dance

 

Bronze

Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison

NHK Trophy - Tokyo, Japan

Senior Pair

Meagan Duhamel / Craig Buntin

Trophee Eric Bompard - Paris, France

Senior Pair

Karen Routhier / Eric Saucke-Lacelle

ISU Junior Grand Prix -Sheffield, England

Junior Ice Dance

Elladj Baldé

ISU Junior Grand Prix - Cape Town, South Africa

Junior Men

Karen Routhier / Eric Saucke-Lacelle

ISU Junior Grand Prix - Ostrava, Czech Republic

Junior Dance

Diane Szmiett

ISU Junior Grand Prix - Courchevel, France

Junior Ladies

“We are more than pleased with the results we had on both the senior and junior circuits. Canada will be well represented going into the ISU Grand Prix Finals,” said William Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “This was a great start to our season and we are looking forward to seeing how the rest of the year plays out.”

Patrick Chan and Joannie Rochette will enter into the competition at the top of the pack; Chan ranked in first and Rochette in second.

With a first-place ranking Chan will skate last in the men’s short program, but 17-year-old Chan isn’t worried.

“I had the opportunity to really have people gunning for me when I was in Paris,” said Chan. “Even though it's only been one time, I've gotten used to it. I've gotten used to skating last as well. I think it will be another good practice, another time to train myself physically and mentally.”

Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison in pair just missed the point cutoff to qualify and they will act as alternates. Dubé and Davison took home silver medals at HomeSense Skate Canada International and the bronze at the NHK Trophy. Ice dancers Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier debuted on the ISU Senior Grand Prix this season with outstanding results; silver at HomeSense Skate Canada International and fourth at Trophée Eric Bompard. They just missed qualifying as well and will also act as alternates.

The event will come to a close on December 14, 2008.

Don’t miss the action! Make sure you check out competition live on CBC and cbcsports.ca!

For up-to-date results please click here!

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