(September 25, 2009 - OBERSTDORF, Germany) – Anabelle Langlois of Gatineau, Que., and Cody Hay of Edmonton made an impressive return to competition on Friday with a bronze medal performance in pairs at the Nebelhorn Trophy figure skating event.
Two-time defending world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szkolowy of Germany won the gold with 185.99 points. Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov of Ukraine were second at 165.75 and Hay and Langlois were third at 155.61 performing to the song Sunrise.
The Canadians sat out last season because Langlois broke her ankle in July 2008 and needed two surgeries. Hay continued to train during that period and focused on improving his technique.
Langlois and Hay were the Canadian champions in 2008 and posted top-10 performances at the 2007 and 2008 world championships. Their goal this season is to make their first Olympic team for the 2010 Games in Vancouver-Whistler.
In men’s singles, two-time world champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland won the gold medal with Ivan Tretiakov of Russia second and Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic third.
Joey Russell of Labrador City, N.L., took ninth spot, a big improvement on his 15th place finish here last year. He was sixth at last year’s nationals.
Russell and Langlois/Hay were the only Canadian entries at this competition.
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