The ice dance placings did not change at the final of the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix on Saturday in Beijing. At the end of the free skate, Quebec duos Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen (195.57) and Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha (193.63) took fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Their compatriots Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier achieved a combined total of 213.58 points and were bronze medalists at the end of the competition.
Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who were provisionally in the lead at the end of the rhythm dance, won gold with a total score of 221.61, while Italy’s Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were second with 215.51 points.
“There are times when it is more difficult than others. I had a lot of difficulty getting used to the schedule, I didn’t sleep well and the fatigue caught up with me,” said Soerensen, referring to the time difference. He also mentioned that he didn’t feel at his best after rhythm dance on Friday.
“We have made small changes since the Grand Prix in Finland. […] “We prepared brilliantly for this Grand Prix final and it didn’t go the way we wanted, but that’s part of the game,” he added.
The duo he forms with Laurence Fournier Beaudry won two silver medals at the Grand Prix in France and Finland this fall.
“We see this as a dress rehearsal for the Four Continents Championships, which will also be held in China [à la fin janvier]. The World Championships will take place at home [à Montréal]“Then we don’t have any problems with the time difference,” emphasized Fournier Beaudry with a laugh.
Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagua, also double silver medalists this season, made their first appearance in the Grand Prix Final.
“It was much better than yesterday [vendredi], even if yesterday wasn’t a disaster. Today we gave what we had, so it’s a nice finish,” said Lajoie.
Figure skaters will enjoy a week off before returning to training in preparation for the Canadian Championships, January 8-14 in Calgary.
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