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GO FIGURE

2010 BMO CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jan. 14-17

At John Labatt Centre

London, Ont.

ON TAP

Sunday’s schedule

Men's free, 4 p.m.

Patrick Chan has re-established himself as Canada’s main man. Vaughn Chipeur’s in the driver’s seat for the second Olympic spot in Vancouver but Shawn Sawyer and Newfoundland upstart Joey Russell should push.

FIVE YEARS AGO AT LONDON . . .

While Jeffrey Buttle won his first senior men’s title at the John Labatt Centre, Patrick Chan captured the Canadian junior crown. Kevin Reynolds was second behind Chan and Joey Russell, who stands third heading into Sunday’s free skate, was fourth five years ago.

Bryce Davision, an Olympian in pairs with Jessica Dube, skated singles back then and placed sixth.

LEUNG GONE

Four-time national medalist Mira Leung withdrew from yesterday’s women’s free skate. The 20-year-old from Vancouver had been 15th after Friday’s short program. She was a bronze medalist five years ago in London and second to Joannie Rochette from 2006-08. She was sixth last year in Saskatoon.

QUOTABLE

“It felt like a month for the marks to come up and a year after skating the warmup. It was pretty stressful back here.”

— Pairs skater Cody Hay on waiting for his Olympic fate with partner Anabelle Langlois

BY THE NUMBERS

Three — The number of Canadian ice dance champion teams since 1993. Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz won 10, Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon (five) and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were poised to win their third straight. All three teams have been in the rink this week.

POSSIBILITIES

Skate Canada handed out its BMO Possibilities awards to top up-and-comers: 14-year-old novice men’s champ Jordan Ju of Maple Ridge, B.C. novice women’s bronze medalist Jane Gray, 15, of Canmore, Alta., national junior ice dance champs Barrie’s Alexandra Paul, 18, and Mitchell Islam, 19; junior dance bronze medalists Abby Carswell, 16, of Toronto and Andrew Doleman, 20, of Dundas. The Underhill/Martini award (triumph over adversity) went to Barrie dance team Baily Carroll and Peter Gerber, who finished fourth after Carroll broke her wrist two weeks ago.

TV TIMES

(CBC Main network)

Sunday: 3 p.m. — dance free; 8 p.m. — men’s free and Team Canada 2010 prime time special

Sun., Jan. 31: 2:30 p.m. Gala exhibition

— Compiled by Ryan Pyette


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