Canadian figure skaters Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud win Four Continents bronze medal
Canadians Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud won their first international medal in figure skating on Saturday, delivering a bronze performance at the Four Continents competition in Tallinn, Estonia.
Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofnaov became the first American pair to win Four Continents gold since 2018 after recovering from Lu’s early fall on a triple toeloop to post 120.75 in the free skate for a total of 189, 10. His teammates Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe took the silver (180.94) while Walsh and Michaud scored 179.70, an international record for the Canadians.
The Canadians finished second after the short program and earned a silver medal earlier this month at the nationals.
“We’re disappointed with our free skate,” said Walsh, of London, Ont. “We made costly mistakes today that we know we can’t make in the future.”
“It’s been a really good week,” said Michaud, a native of Trenton, Ont. “We felt very confident after the Nationals and we had a great short program here. We had a lot of good things in the free skate today, we just made a mistake or two that we don’t usually make.
Deanna Stellato and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., were fourth (172.71) and Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Lévis, Que., sixth (163.60).
Mai Mihara won her second career women’s Four Continents title on Saturday after missing the Japanese team for the Winter Olympics.
Mihara was nearly flawless in Saturday’s free skate with a program packed with triple jumps until she ran out of momentum on her final combination spin. It was still more than enough to keep her ahead of the short program.
Mihara scored a total of 218.03 points to win a second Four Continents title after capturing gold in 2017. Japanese skaters have won women’s gold in the past six editions of the event, which brings together skaters leading outside of Europe.
Mihara placed fourth at the Japanese National Championships, when the top three were selected for the Olympic team.
South Korean skaters won silver and bronze, with Lee Hae-in scoring 213.52 and Kim Ye-lim scoring 209.91.
WATCH | Replay of Saturday’s women’s free program:
Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was the top Canadian in 10th (172.98) followed by Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., in 11th (168.42) and Véronik Mallet of Sept-Îles, Que., (151 ,87) 13th.
“I managed to do a good long [program]”Again, there were mistakes but I was able to bounce back and fought through the program and recovered.”
The risk of catching the coronavirus ahead of the Winter Olympics meant that many of the top American, Canadian and Japanese skaters opted to skip Four Continents, which was moved to be held in Europe for the first time amid the pandemic.
Competition ends Sunday with the men’s freestyle.