Amelie Lacoste earns 1st Canadian figure skating title
Canada might night determine women's entrant for worlds until after Four Continents event
A new women's champion was crowned. Amelie Lacoste of Delson, Que., captured her first Canadian title scoring 159.51 points.
Lacoste, skating to "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," scored 159.51 points to win the women's title. Cynthia Phaneuf of Contrecoeur, Que., moved up from a disappointing fourth-place finish in the short program to finish second with 157.94, while 16-year-old Kaetlyn Osmond of Sherwood Park, Alta., was third with 155.47.
"It feels good, it was my goal to win nationals, it's not beating the national champion, it's just to win nationals, to achieve what I wanted since I was a little girl," Lacoste said. "It's like a step closer to my real dream, to be on the Olympic team in 2014. I'm working to that new goal."
Canada can enter just one skater in women's singles at the world championships in March in Nice, France, and Skate Canada CEO William Thompson said there's a chance they'll wait until after the Four Continents Championships to determine whether they'll send Lacoste or Phaneuf to France.
Phaneuf was fifth at the 2010 world championships her international results have dropped off, and in November she left her longtime coach Annie Barabe and moved to Toronto to train with Brian Orser.
"I just hope maybe they're going to wait for another skate to choose who's going to go to worlds, because I think I deserve my place there and I'm going to work very hard to be going there and to be skating very well there," Phaneuf said.
"I've been out there, I've been fifth in the worlds, in the top-10, and I think I can do it again. I believe in myself and in what I can do."
Phaneuf was fifth at the 2010 world championships.