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Wed, 30 Aug 2017


RICHMOND—Team USA entered the second annual ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition with the second largest team, 56, but skated away with the largest number of medals.

When the three-day ( August 24-26) event for adults aged 28-78 came to a conclusion at Minoru Arena, USA skaters had won 24 gold, 25 silver and 14 bronze medals. Canada, with the largest number of skaters, 57, finished the competition with 17 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze. BC skaters contributed greatly to that gold medal count.

Inspired by the triple gold medal performance of Delta Figure Skating Club’s Jacqueline Christoff, BC skaters fashioned 11 of Canada’s 17 gold medals. Christoff, 49, won the Silver Women’s III Artistic event, stepped up to win the Gold Women’s III competition and then teamed with Francois Guernon to win the Bronze Dance. No one was more surprised by the dance win then Christoff. It was the first time she has competed in a dance event.

Alberta’s Isabelle Ciociou helped Canada’s cause by winning two gold medals, the Silver women’s II Artistic and Freeskate events.

Japan won four gold and two silver medals. Other  countries to take home medals: France, Korea, Mexico, Italy and Great Britain.

Overall, 139 skaters from 11 countries took part in the event. Was it a success?

“It was a great competition, said Diana Barkley, chair of the ISU Adult Working Group. “Many of the skaters were here for their first International competition and to have international judges watching them is special. As well, to compete against skaters from throughout the world builds a great camaraderie at an international level.”

Another who was excited by the three-day event was BC-Yukon Section Chair Hilary Quick, who also served as the competition’s Tech Rep.

“This has been a very exciting week for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. We have witnessed inspirational performances from many of the skaters. The BC-Yukon Section is pleased to be partnering with the ISU to provide an opportunity for adults from around the world to compete.”

The event’s live streaming was also popular with 10,000 viewers over the three days with viewers watching in Canada, USA, Japan, Mexico, Italy, South Korea, Germany, Finland, Great Britain, France and Estonia.