(October 16, 2009 - ISTANBUL, Turkey) – Vanessa Grenier of Sherbrooke, Que., showed how much she’s improved in just one year with a fifth place finish in women’s singles on Friday at the seventh stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Kiri Baga of the U.S., won her second event this season totalling 145.51 points, Sofia Biryukova of Russia took the silver at 136.49 and Christina Gao of the U.S., was third at 135.01.

Grenier, who was 17th in her only junior Grand Prix appearance last season, was third after Thursday’s short program.  She landed four triple jumps in the long program and totalled 124.19 posting personal best scores in both programs.

Grenier only learned recently she was going to compete here this weekend.  She had been working on a new routine for the senior nationals in training but it wasn’t competition ready and she reverted to her junior routines from last season for this week’s meet.

‘’I felt ready for this competition because my training has been going so well,’’ said Grenier, 17.  ‘’I didn’t have too much trouble re-learning last year’s routine.  I landed my jumps really well but I made some small errors that hurt my standing.  Overall I’m very satisfied with my performance.’’

In ice dancing, Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam, both of Barrie, Ont., are fourth after Friday’s original dance, less than three points behind Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello of the U.S., in third.  Russian couples stand 1-2.

Carolyn MacCuish of Burlington, Ont., and Tyler Morris of Woodstock, Ont., are 10th.

In men’s singles, Liam Firus of North Vancouver stands 13th after the short program.

The free programs in ice dancing and men’s singles are on Saturday.

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