(November 3, 2008) – The story in the free dance was the Canadian team of Vanessa Crone, 18, Aurora, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 16, Unionville, Ont., who made a huge jump from fifth place after the original dance to land on the podium with a silver medal. Their total score was 162.13 and they had a free dance score of 81.89.  

“We are really happy with the result; this being the first senior Grand Prix that we have ever done,” said Poirier. “The support from the Canadian audience really helped our performance. We think that it really brought the energy level up and the program to life.”

“This is our first senior Grand Prix so we are very proud of how we did,” said Crone. “The crowd was amazing; it made us really proud to represent Canada.”

Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the goal medal with a total of 178.89 points and a free dance score of 88.24. France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat finished in third with 159.06 and 77.79 in the free.

Andrea Chong, 21, Toronto, Ont., and Guillaume Gfeller, 23, Montreal, Que., finished in eighth with an overall score of 136.99 and a free program score of 67.46.

Also on Sunday Skate Canada CEO William Thompson and Skate Canada Director High Performance Mike Slipchuk expanded on the success of the event and the Canadian team at a wrap-up press conference. The Canadian team won medals in every discipline; gold in men’s, gold in ladies, silver in pair and silver in ice dance.

“Obviously from our point of view this was an overwhelming success. The event went very smoothly and from an athlete perspective it was outstanding,” said Thompson. “In particular to see some of our younger skaters perform so well under the pressures of the Grand Prix series was beyond our expectations.” 

“We’re very happy with the placements and the performances of our rookies who came to their first HomeSense Skate Canada this year,” said Slipchuk. “We are looking forward to a continued improvement of the performances throughout the year.”

The day finished with the gala exhibition, which included the top four skaters in the four disciplines and fifth place men’s finisher Shawn Sawyer, Edmundston, N.B.  

For full results from the entire competition please click here. 

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