The competition continued on Day in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Winter Youth Olympic Games with the Ice Dancers and Women taking the ice for their rhythm dance and short program events and Skate Ontario skaters representing Canada in both events.
Catherine Carle was first out of the gate in the Women’s short program and set the bar for the rest of the skaters to follow. Her strong skate earned her a 12th place finish after the short program.
Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell started their event confidently, earning the support of the judges an audience alike. The audience weighed in loudly when the marks came up, expressing that they thought that the team’s marks should have been higher. Natalie and Bruce sit poised in medal position with a third-place finish after the rhythm dance.
Fellow Canadian ice dancers, Miku Makita and Tyler Gunara received an equally enthusiastic response from the spectators and the judges and sit in 4th place heading into the free. It is a tight race with only about 5 points separating 1st and 4th place.
Bruce Waddell’s mother, Casey Kelly, traveled to Lausanne with other family members to support the skaters, offered that this is not the first Olympic experience for her family:
“In 1952 my mom Andra McLaughlin was named to the US Olympic Team for Figure Skating. Two weeks before she was to go, she turned professional instead and joined the Hollywood Ice Revue taking the place of Sonja Henie who had quit the show after a dispute with the management. They (Hollywood Ice Revue) needed someone who could do the hula, the Charleston, etc. And my mom could! So, she had made the Olympic team but did not go. Flash forward many years and my brother Patrick Kelly competed in 2 Olympic Games: Albertville and then Lillehammer in Long Track Speed Skating placing 6th in the 1000 Metre race in Lillehammer. This is where he met his wife Karen Courtland who was competing in the Pairs event, representing the United States. Flash forward again and we now have Bruce representing Canada for Ice dance with his partner Natalie D’Alessandro in the Youth Olympics here in Lausanne. Our family has a long association with the Olympics and ice sports, and we are so proud that Bruce is here representing Canada!”
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