(January 30, 2010 - JEONJU, South Korea) – Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., capped a great showing for Canada at the ISU Four Continents figure skating championships on Saturday with a bronze medal in men’s competition.
Canada ended the four-day event with four medals (one gold, one silver and two bronze).
In the men’s free skate, Adam Rippon of the U.S., leaped from seventh place after the short program to win the gold with 225.78 points. Tatsuki Machida of Japan took the silver at 217.48 and Reynolds earned his first senior level international medal placing third at 212.99.
Reynolds, first after the short program, launched his free skate Saturday in spectacular fashion landing two quadruple jumps then two triple-triple combinations. But he couldn’t sustain the pace and fell twice. His free skate ranked eighth.
“I had a great start and I was able to hang onto a medal,” said Reynolds, 19. “But halfway through the program, my legs seemed to seize and when I fell on the triple Axel it was hard for me to get back into the program. Early on I was attacking then I got more tense and nervous as I neared the home stretch.”
Shawn Sawyer of Edmunston, N.B., executed a clean program and posted the fourth best score in the free skate to climb from 10th to seventh overall. In addition to landing seven jumps including two in combination and a triple combo with variations, Sawyer wowed the crowd with his incredible flexibility. He posted a personal best free skate score at 143.98.
Joey Russell of Labrador City, N.L., placed 11th.
Also stepping on the podium for Canada this week were Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., with gold in ice dancing while Allie Hann-McCurdy of Nanaimo, B.C., and Michael Coreno of Delhi, Ont., were second in the same event. Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Craig Buntin of Kelowna, B.C., were third in pairs.
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