Canadians Daleman, Gordon climb standings at ISU junior event

The Canadian Press

9/15/2012 5:51:03 PM

LINZ, Austria -- Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., and Vancouver's Mitchell Gordon both climbed a spot in the standings with strong free skates on Saturday to place sixth and eighth in women's singles and men's singles respectively at the ISU junior grand prix figure skating competition.

In women's singles, Elena Radionova of Russia took the gold decisively with Hannah Miller and Samantha Cesario, both from the United States, second and third.

Daleman, the 14-year-old Canadian junior champion, delivered a near flawless program earning the fifth best score in the free skate to move from seventh to sixth overall with a personal best 139.77 points.

"This is my first Grand Prix and I just went out there to do the best I could," said Daleman. "As soon as I landed my triple toe, the Lutz, flip and Salchow just followed. I was feeling really good out there. I wasn't nervous at all."

In men's singles, American Nathan Chen won the gold medal with Ryuju Hino of Japan second and Jin Seo Kim of South Korea third.

Gordon finished in eighth spot with a personal best 162.62 climbing from ninth position after Thursday's short program. His free skate routine was performed to a medley of Neil Diamond hits and was ranked sixth best on the day.

"It's really exciting to come back with a strong performance like that," said Gordon, the reigning Canadian junior champion. "It definitely felt better than the short program. The highlights were definitely staying up on my feet and landing that triple Axel."

It was the second time in competition that Gordon had landed a triple Axel.