Madeleine knew Skisas would skate a great free program. But Ont, a 17-year-old from Oakville, had to wait six weeks to find out how big he was.
Madeleine knew Skisas would skate a great free program.
But Ont, a 17-year-old from Oakville, had to wait six weeks to find out how big he was.
Shizus won the women’s singles title at the Virtual Skate Canada Challenge, advancing three places after a narrow project.
“My coaches and I were very excited about how we went, but without knowing how anyone else did, it’s hard to say,” Skisas said.
Destroyed by COVID-19 for Canadian figure skaters in one season, the challenge is virtual, airing under competition rules with pre-registration plans for athletes on their home rings – then determined in real time – Saturday Show.
Schizas, who actually skated his short and long shows on December 2 and 3 at his ring in Ont Milton, watched the home broadcast with his parents and Coker Spaniel on Saturday night.
“It just sat at home and watched you slide and wait for the score,” he said. “The whole thing is different, but I think that’s what we’re going to do this year. It’s been a year. So, it’s not so bad. It’s different.”
Skating for Michael Legrand’s “I Will Wait for You”, Skisas landed six triple jumps for 117.95 points and a total of 175.65 points for a free skate score.
Alison Schumacher in second place was 168.12, while world bronze medalist Gabriel Daleman was in third place (165.66).
Piper Gilles and Paul Bourier are the leaders after the rhythm dance. The Canadian champions scored 87.96 points.
Lawrence Fornier-Patry and Nicolaj Sorensen were second (86.55), while Marjorie Lazoy and Zachary Laga were third with 81.58.
Although skating is a sport that is personally suited to spectators, only skaters, their coaches, a video crew and a Skate Canada official are allowed on the show rings.
Skisas, who has only skated in four senior tournaments, said the lack of fans was reminiscent of competing in junior tournaments.
“If you’ve ever been to those events, they’re too empty to begin with, so it doesn’t feel any different,” he said. “I know some old seniors are crowded with big, big stadiums at world championships and events.
“The big difference is that there’s no panel of judges. A kind of performance for a camera. That area is odd.”
He hopes to slide into huge, crowded arenas soon. After winning bronze at the Canadian Senior Championships last year, he and coaches Nancy Lemaire and Derek Schmidt knew the 2022 Beijing Olympics were a chance.
“I was never one of those kids who said straight up that they were going to be an Olympian at the age of six,” Skisas said. “But now that I definitely want to go to the Olympics is on my radar.
“My coach (Lemaire), we have (training) binders, she printed a big big Beijing 2022 page to put in front of me. She’s very serious about it. I’m not ready to buy it, but now it’s clear in my mind.”
The only event for Canadians skaters this season is the Temporary Challenge. Skate Canada recently announced that it was canceling the Canadian Championships in Vancouver next month over concerns about a global epidemic.
“When we saw that big spike after Christmas at the Govt events, it was clear where it was going,” Skisas said. “It was clear to everyone what is best for health and safety wise. I am thankful that no one puts our health at risk for a match.”
The Canadian Championships will determine the squad for the Worlds in Stockholm in March. Whether or not the World Championships will take place remains questionable.
Meanwhile, the U.S. National Championships are taking place live this weekend in Las Vegas.
The World Championships in Montreal in March last year were one of the first international sporting events to be canceled due to an epidemic. Skate Canada International was also canceled in October.
Challenge men free program, meanwhile, Sunday.
The pair won last weekend at the Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marino.
This report of the Canadian edition was first published on January 16, 2021.
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press