(October 2, 2009 - DRESDEN, Germany) – Olivia Martins of Toronto and Alvin Chau of Richmond Hill, Ont., maintained their sixth place standing in ice dancing with a solid original dance on Friday at the fifth stop on the ISU junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.
Ekaterina Pushkash and Jonathan Guerreiro of Russia lead the field with 82.34 points. Lorenza Alessandrini and Simone Vaturi of Italy are second at 79.85 and Piper Gilles and Zachary Donohue of the U.S., third at 78.46.
Martins and Chau, sixth at the season opening event in Budapest, are just a little more than five points off the third place position at 73.37. The top seven places remained unchanged after the original dance.
Carolyn MacCuish of Burlington, Ont., and Tyler Morris of Woodstock, Ont., climbed from ninth to eighth.
In Friday’s pairs short program, Taylor Steele of Strathroy, Ont., and Robert Schultz of Puslinch, Ont., are eighth, seven points out of third place. Brittany Jones of Toronto and Kurtis Gaskell of Guelph, Ont., are 11th and Margaret Purdy of Strathroy and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., are 13th.
The first final of the competition was in women’s singles on Friday. The U.S., finished 1-2 with Kiri Baga winning the gold and Angela Maxwell the silver. Cambria Little, 16, of Castlegar, B.C., was 26th in her international debut.
In Thursday’s men’s singles, Andrei Rogozine of Richmond Hill posted the sixth best short program with a personal best 54.90 points. Artur Gachinski of Russia leads at 63.67, Grant Hochstein of the U.S., is second at 60.64 and Gordei Gorshkov of Russia third at 60.51.
“It was a good performance but I could have done better,” said Rogozine, 16, eighth at the Lake Placid stop last month. “It was an improvement on Lake Placid and that was good accomplishment. I’m going to attempt my triple-triple combo again in the long and step up my game some more.”
The finals in men’s singles, ice dancing and pairs are on Saturday.
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