What motivates Canadian Gabrielle Daleman to keep skating – Figure Skaters Online

By Scott Mammoser, FSO Team Contributing Writer
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WARSAW, POLAND — There is only one spot on the Canadian Women’s Olympic Team and three teenage girls are already in the game.

Gabrielle Daleman, who previously placed 17th in Sochi in 2014 and 15th in women’s plus a team gold medal in PyeongChang in 2018, is also aspiring to make her third Olympic team. The announcement will be made at the 2022 Canadian National Championships in Ottawa from January 6-13.

The selection process begins for Daleman this week in Regina, Sask. at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge where she must qualify for the national championships. If successful, Daleman, who turns 24 on the final day of the event, will face Emily Bausback, Madeline Schizas and Alison Schumacher in Ottawa for that sole Canadian women’s spot. If Gabrielle Daleman arrives in Beijing, she will know who to thank.

At the recent ISU Challenger Series Warsaw Cup in Poland, Daleman recorded 176.64 points, a 30-point improvement from his eighth-place finish at the Fall Cup in Montreal earlier this season.

After finishing seventh, Daleman candidly said that his fans were his biggest motivation.

“My family is absolutely amazing,” Daleman said, “they’re out of this world, but my fans are definitely the reason I keep going, they inspire me, they keep me going, and even after all, they’re so supportive and so loving, and I wouldn’t be here without them.

“They always remind me of how much I inspire them, how inspiring I am and how much I come back to fight,” the Toronto native continued of her fans. “They’re just wonderful people who remind me that I’m worth so much more than I think and how much I love my sport.”

“Warsaw still wasn’t perfect, but it was a step in the right direction,” said the Helsinki 2017 Worlds bronze medalist. “It was only my second competition in front of an audience and judges, so I’m very happy with what I’ve done here. I don’t want to be perfect now – I want to be almost perfect at nationals, that’s my goal. I will continue to focus day by day, getting those jumps more and more (perfect), (attempting) more programs performed and just enjoying skating and loving it, being in the moment every day.

Four Continents silver medalist in 2017, Daleman is currently skating to Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango” in her short program and Camille Saint-Saens’ “Samson et Delila” in her free program.

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