Skate Canada will have a complete eight-member team competing at the 2013 ISU World Team Trophy taking place for the second year in a row in Tokyo, Japan, from April 11-14. The team will consist of two entries in ladies and men’s, and one entry in pair and ice dance.
The six-country competition will also include teams from China, France, Japan, Russia and the USA. Skaters compete in their disciplines with short programs/dance and free skates/dance as usual. After the results, they receive placement points, which are then added together and the team with the highest points total will win the title. Teams will compete for a total of $1 million USD in prize money.
Captain of the Canadian team is three time world champion Patrick Chan, 22, Toronto, Ont. Before defending his world title in Canada this past month, Chan earned bronze at the ISU Grand Prix Final, gold at Rostelecom Cup, and silver at Skate Canada International. He is coached by Kathy Johnson and trains in Colorado Springs, USA and Toronto, Ont.
Kevin Reynolds, 22, Coquitlam, B.C., is the second entry in the men’s discipline. Reynolds is the 2013 ISU Four Continents champion, and 2013 Canadian silver medalist. Most recently, he placed fifth at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. He is coached by Joanne McLeod at the BC Centre of Excellence.
Canada’s entry in the pair discipline is 2013 world bronze medalists, Meagan Duhamel, 27, Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, 28, Balmertown, Ont. The two-time defending Canadian champions Duhamel and Radford also won the 2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. The pair is coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte at CPA Saint-Léonard in Montreal, Que.
Kaitlyn Weaver, 23, Waterloo, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 26, Waterloo, Ont., are Canada’s entry in the ice dance category. Weaver and Poje placed fifth at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, following an injury which sidelined the duo for part of the season. Earlier this season, they won bronze at both of their assignments on the ISU Grand Prix circuit, Cup of China and Skate America. Weaver and Poje, the 2012 Canadian silver medalists, are coached by Pasquale Camerlengo and Angelika Krylova in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Leading the ladies is Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond, 17, Marystown, Nfld. & Sherwood Park, Alta. She had her international debut at the senior level this season, placing eighth at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, and seventh at the 2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. She also won gold at Nebelhorn Trophy and Skate Canada International. Kaetlyn is coached by Ravi Walia and represents the Ice Palace Figure Skating Club in Alberta.
Also representing Canada in the ladies event is Canadian silver medalist Gabrielle Daleman, 15, Newmarket, Ont. This is her first senior international event. Most recently, Gabrielle placed sixth at the 2013 ISU World Junior Championships. She also competed at two ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments this season, placing fifth and sixth in Chemnitz, Germany, and Linz, Austria, respectively. Daleman is coached by Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev and trains at the Richmond Training Centre in Richmond Hill, Ont.
A modified version of the ISU World Team Trophy event has been added to the 2014 Olympic schedule, and this event will give a preview of what to expect when it is competed for the first time at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The team leader for the event will be Skate Canada High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk. Agnes Makowski of Toronto, Ont., will also be travelling as Team Canada’s physiotherapist. Debbi Islam of Barrie, Ont., and Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian officials at the event.