Pre-Novice Medals Awarded in Figure Skating

Adonis Wong of British Columbia wins the gold medal in the Men's Pre-Novice competition at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax

BC took gold in both Pre-Novice Men and Pre-Novice Dance at St. Margaret’s Centre this morning. In Pre-Novice Men Adonis Wong of BC moved into first place with over a 7 point lead from second place. Skating second last he waited for the final competitors results to know his placement and was elated with the result.

In Pre-Novice Dance Jessica Jiang and Nikolas Wamsteeker of BC held on to first place and broke a two year old Canadian record in the process.  After the skate the Champions were excited with the result after winning the National title earlier in the season. Bianka Gadosy and Simon Daze were lucky  to get to skate today.  Just days before arriving at the Games Simon was faced with an injury to his leg causing ligament damage.  The team was able to scale back on some of their elements in order to compete, but Simon was clearly fighting pain at the end of his performance, and had to resort to crutches when speaking to reporters.

Special Olympics Men Level 2 and 3 also concluded today with some crowd pleasing performances.  In Level 2 Tomas Babcock of Ontario put on a great performance moving from second into first place. Emilie Baz of Quebec moved up from third place to steal the Gold.

The standings remain unchanged in Pre-Novice Pair from the short program to the free program with Hayleigh Bell & Alistair Sylvester widening their lead in Pre-Novice Pair and capturing the gold.

The audience was loud tonight for the conclusion of the Pre-Novice Women.  One of the skaters said the best part of the skate was “the end…when everybody cheered for me”.  Many skaters have really appreciated the support of the crowd this week and the amazing Nova Scotia fans! The Champion Lisa Nasu-Yu said she achieved a personal best tonight.

Pre-Novice Men

1. Adonis Wong, BC       50.76

2. Bennet Toman, QC    79.07

3. Casey Wong, AB        69.80

Pre-Novice Dance

1. Jessica Jiang/Nikolas Wamsteeker,BC        69.03

2. Samantha Glavine/Jeff Hough, ON             64.19

3. Christina Penkov/Christopher Mostert, AB   60.22

Special Olympics Men – Level 2

1. Tomas Babcock, ON

2. Matthew Lai, BC

3. Manuel Richard Nadeau, QC

Special Olympics Men – Level 3

1. Emilie Baz, QC

2. Allan Tsang, BC

3. Mark Ellsworth, NL

Pre-Novice Pair

1. Hayleigh Bell/Alistair Sylvester, ON            86.69

2. Kendra Digness/Cole VanDer Velden, AB    75.96

3. Jessica Landry/Sebastian Arcieri, QC          67.93

Pre-Novice Women

1. Lisa Nasu-Yu, ON  86.32

2. Jayda Jurome, BC 82.91

3. Haley Sales, BC    81.94

Thursday’s Schedule

12:00  Novice Pair

12:40  Novice Women

14:55  Special Olympics Women Level 2 – Freeskate

15:45  Special Olympics Women Level 3 – Freeskate

19:05  Novice Dance – Freeskate

20:05  Novice Men – Freeskate

For information please visit www.canadagames2011.ca.  Start orders and skater detail information can be found on the Skate Canada website www.skatecanada.ca.

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