Kid from Labrador City wows crowd

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

HALIFAX -- It was one thing for Brad Gushue's Newfoundland team to win an Olympic gold medal in curling.

But are you ready for a kid from Labrador City to win one in figure skating?

One of the best stories on the property at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships here yesterday was 18-year-old Joey Russell, last year's junior champion, sitting only six points back of third-place Emanuel Sandhu in seventh place in his debut in seniors.

When Russell won juniors last year, he made history by being the first skater from Newfoundland-Labrador to ever win a junior or seniors championship.

"Tonight I just wanted to go out and skate like I belong with all the top guys. I want to progress as far as I can and as fast as I can.

"The 2010 Olympics are definitely in my sights,'' he said.

"Every year is a new year and they don't pick the Olympic team until a month before the Olympics,'' continued the kid who comes from the same town as Gushue rink third Mark Nichols.


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