The figure skating event at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games got off to a flying start on Friday afternoon, with the pairs’ short program.
The mood in the arena was boisterous with a packed house filled with a large number of local school kids who were thrilled to be watching figure skating and were not shy about showing their support.
Canadian skaters Brooke McIntosh and Brandon Toste who are from Skate Ontario were solid in a crowd-pleasing short program, finishing in 5th place.
“This is an amazing learning opportunity,” said coach Andrew Evans, “we had no idea that this event was as busy as it is as compared to a Junior Grand Prix. There is lots to learn at this stage of their training and the level of competition is very good. We are so proud to be here.”
The Skate Ontario duo is still very much in the hunt for a personal best in the free and are only about .5 out of fourth place.
Fellow Canadian, from BC Aleksa Rakic sits in fourth after a dazzling display in the men’s short program.
The competition in Lausanne continues today with ice dance rhythm dance and the women’s free, featuring Skate Ontario skaters Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell and Catherine Carle.
-Skate Ontario Staff