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Sat, 16 Aug 2014

BURNABY—It was like something out of a storybook and for Coquitlam skater Ronald Lam still hard to believe.

Two weeks ago as he prepared for his first major local competition of the season, the 2014 Super Series Summer Skate, one of his skate boots ripped apart down the back. The quick solution was to get him another boot but the one that came with it also had a blade that was slightly smaller than the one on his good boot. No time to work things out.

And so Lam went into Summer Skate with two different boots and two different blades. He should keep them.

Lam won Thursday  night’s short program by almost four points over Grandview’s Jeremy Ten and then put together the performance of the competition thus far in Friday’s free skate.

With Ten withdrawing from the free skate due to lack of training time and with a long program not quite ready, Lam fashioned a near perfect performance and score, opening with a quad toe and throwing in two triples and a triple salchow-triple toe combination.

His final score was a personal best, 211.21 points, surpassing the 197 points he scored two years ago during a competition in the US. Ironically, it was not a Summer Skate Senior men’s record. That total is 219 points scored last year. The skater who did it: Jeremy Ten.

Former national Junior champion Larkyn Austman of Connaught captured the Senior women’s title, coming back from third after the short to fashion a 126.46 score when it  was all over, defeating Sherwood Park’s Kira Gallant, who led after the short while Capital City’s Kassie Costello was third.

Connaught’s Mitchell Gordon also fought back from second place after the short to take the Junior men’s title, overcoming a fall but finishing strong. His 104.53 free skate score easily won him the title (159.62 total) over short program leader Anthony Kan of Ontario, who had trouble throughout his long program. His runner-up total was 140.81. Vancouver’s Alexander Lawrence was third with 131.88 points.

Champs International Skate Centre’s Megan Yim went wire-to-wire in winning both the Junior women’s short and long programs and fashioning a total score of 144.60 well ahead of Kelowna’s Cailey England (118.06) and CISC colleague Sarah Tamura (113.86).

CISC Junior dancers Madeline Edwards and ZhaoKai Pang leave for France  on Monday and the first 2014 Junior Grand Prix event of the season. They prepped for it by taking the Summer Skate event with 133,72 points, winning the short program on Thursday but losing the long to club teammates Brianna Delmaestro and Timothy Lum. It was close, thought, 79.84 to 79.82, respectively.

Delmaestro/Lum’s total score was 127.92. CISC’s third set of dancers, Danielle Wu and Spencer Soo finished third with 112.65 points.