BMO Skate Gala is on tonight. It starts at 4:30 p.m. on Bold, not sure about other channels. This is a good chance to see who we are sending to the the 2010 Olympics. We have a great team of young skaters this year - all champions in their own right. I congratulate all our skaters for a wonderful competition and wish every single one of them the very best.
Patrick Chan skated as well as I have seen him do this year. He had a couple of wobbles but landed over 90% of his jumps cleanly. Patrick is so graceful on the ice - it is as if he is gliding over it, barely touching. His choreography was superb as always. Congrats on nailing it Pat. You are number one for a reason.
Vaughn Chipeur ranks second and put on a fabulous skate. Vaughn is very in tune with his music and uses it well in his performances. He has amazing height on his jumps and great speed in his spins. I think this kid is only going to get better. Another mark in his favor is that he really looks like he is having fun out there.
Kevin Reynolds was probably, IMHO, the most exciting of all the skaters I watched today. As the commentator mentioned, Kevin doesn't telegraph his jumps, as do most of the skaters, he simply jumps and you can be taken by surprise, especially when you see how efficiently he lands them. He has real command of the ice. I expect to see more of this young chap in the future.
Winners and Rankings of the Men’s BMO Skating Championship
Patrick Chan/BC – 268.02
Vaughn Chipeur/AB – 222.10
Kevin Reynolds/BC and Yukon Terr – 216.49
Shawn Sawyer/Que – 210.35
Joey Russell/Nfld – 202.16
Ian Martinez/BC and Yukon Terr – 184.99
Sebastien Wolfe/Que – 169.15
Ronald Lam/Yukon – 169.13
Marc-Andre’Craig/Que – 168.48
Patrick Kwong/BC and Yukon Terr – 144.93
Only two skaters from the mens and ladies, and two pairs from Ice Dance and Pairs, get to represent Canada in the Olympics.
Representing the Men
are Patrick Chan
and Vaughn Chipeur
From the Ladies,
we have Joannie Rochette
and Cynthia Phaneuf.
From the Ice Dance,
, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
; Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier
Not completely sure who will represent Pairs, yet.