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Sat, 16 Aug 2014

BURNABY—For the majority of the 73 skaters who took part on Day One of the 2014 Super Series Summer Skate competition it was a yardstick as they prepare for the upcoming season, but for nine of those skaters it was a much larger measuring stick as they prepare for International Grand Prix assignments.

And it begins October 24 for Inlet Skating Club’s ice dancers Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams as they represent Canada at the Skate America event in Chicago. Members of Canada’s national Seniors team, the couple take a healthy lead into Saturday’s Senior free dance at Burnaby Eight Rinks, capturing the short dance with 54.60 points, well ahead of second place Burnaby’s Alexa Linden and Jean-Luc Jackson (42.12 points) and third place visiting Japanese team of Kana Muramoto and Hiroichi Noguchi (41.55).

The Junior  short dance featured three of four competitors who will also see Junior Grand Prix competitions this season and they wound up in the top three spots. Reigning World junior bronze medalists Madeline Edwards and ZhaoKai Pang of Champs International Skating Centre of BC lead after the short program with 53.90 points followed by Coquitlam’s Brianna Delmaestro and Timoth Lum, third ranked in Canada, with 50.05 points and fourth ranked Danielle Wu and Spencer Soo of CISC with 45.40 points.

The final member of the Grand Prix club, Jeremy Ten of Grandview Skating Club, is scheduled for an appearance at the Rostelecom Cup in Russia November 14. He got off to a rough start in the Senior men short program falling on his first jump, but recovered nicely to finish second behind Coquitlam’s Ronald Lam, who opened with a great quad toe-triple toe combination. Lam leads 72.18 to Ten’s 68.69.

Just one quarter of a point seperates third first three Senior women after the short program. Kira Gallant of Sherwood Park leads with 44.08 points followed by YRSA Winter Club’s Alexandra Najarro (43.73) and Connaught’s Larkyn Austman (43.31).

Two former national Junior champions lead the way after the short program in that category. YRSA Winter Club’s Anthony Kan, 2013 Junior champ, fashioned an error free program to finish ahead of 2012 national winner Mitchell Gordon of Connaught Club, 55.54 to 55.09.

Megan Yim of CISC leads the largest field of competitors on opening day (19)  in the Junior women’s short program and has a comfortable lead heading into the free program, scoring 55.76 points to runner-up Cailey England of Kelowna with 46.13 points. CISC’s Kelsey Wong is third at 44.45

Also well ahead after the short program in Novice men is CISC’s Brian Le, who leads teammate Veniamins Volskis, 34.96 to 27.88

Competition continues Friday morning at 9 a.m. with the Junior men’s free skate.