Oakville native, Milton trained Schizas on top at figure skating nationals

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Published January 7, 2022 at 4:41 pm

Oakville's Madeline Schizas is in first place after the women's short program at the Canadian figure skating championships in Ottawa. SKATE CANADA PHOTO

Oakville’s Madeline Schizas didn’t hide her excitement after an impressive short skate Friday at the Canadian figure skating championships in Ottawa.

The 18-year-old skater, who trains out of the Milton Skating Club, did a double fist pump after putting on a near flawless performance to grab the lead in the women’s skate in front of empty stands at TD Place Arena.

Schizas, performing to Dulcea Si Tandra Mea Fiara, recorded 72.05 points to take a commanding lead.

Veronik Mallet from Sept-Iles, Que., sits second with 59.35 points, while two-time Olympian Gabrielle Daleman is third with 58.48 points.

The White Oaks Secondary School graduate finished 13th at last year’s world championships to clinch the lone spot on Canada’s Olympic team for the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games.

This year’s national championships are being held in front of empty stands due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Ontario.

 

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