Mylene Girard and Bradley Yaeger seemed poised to make their first international statement.
Then came the original dance.
Ottawa's Yaeger and his partner slipped out of medal contention yesterday at the Nebelhorn Trophy senior international figure skating competition in Oberstdorf, Germany.
The Canadians had been less than two points out of the bronze medal position after Friday's compulsories. But an eighth-place finish in yesterday's original dance dropped Girard, of Repentigny, Que., and Yaeger to sixth overall with 70.61 points -- nearly 10 behind third-place Christina and William Beier of Germany, the 20th-best team at last year's world championships.
Nebelhorn is also the senior international debut for Siobhan Karam and Joshua McGrath of the Minto Skating Club. The reigning Canadian junior champs stand 10th heading into today's free dance final.
OAC RUNNERS SHINE: Last weekend was a busy one for Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team athletes. At the Toronto Riverfront Marathon, Liz Maguire (3:02:57) and Michelle Schuler (3:06:15) finished seventh and ninth, respectively. At the Perley Rideau Run, Paula Hickman was the top female 10K finisher in 41:07, beating the previous Canadian masters (55+) time of 41:58 (Molly Turner, 1993). Esther Kong was second (41:53). Meanwhile, Susan Kelly won the 5K in 19:01, with Joscelyn Coolican placing fourth (21:21). Meanwhile, OAC's Sheila Kealey was the first female (11th overall) in the La montee de la Keski 20K roller ski climb in Gatineau Park.
AROUND THE AMATEUR SCENE: Sydney Olympian Sharon Donnelly has a new title -- mother. The triathlete and husband Dave Rudnicki welcomed their first child, daughter Gemma Claire, on Sept. 16 ... Rhian Wilkinson (W-League) and Kevin Omukhua (PDL) have been named the Ottawa Fury's 2005 MVPs. Stephen O'Kane (boys' U-17) is the club coach of the year.