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Canada adds Gabrielle Daleman to team ahead of world figure skating championships

Gabrielle Daleman has been added to Canada's team for the world figure skating championships.

21-year-old skipped Grand Prix season due to depression, anxiety

Gabrielle Daleman was added to the Canadian team for the world figure skating championships on Friday after sitting out the fall Grand Prix season due to depression and anxiety. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

Gabrielle Daleman has been added to Canada's team for the world figure skating championships.

The 21-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., led after the short program at last month's Canadian championships, but dropped to fifth place with a shaky long program.

But because Daleman had skipped the fall Grand Prix season due to depression and anxiety, and because of her track record — she won bronze at the 2017 world championships — Skate Canada left a potential spot on the team open for her.

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"We're going to see over the next couple of weeks how Gabby is progressing, both personally and mentally and also condition-wise, because she hasn't had a lot of training time, and that was a bit evident here in the long program, you could see the mileage wasn't there," Skate Canada's high performance director Mike Slipchuk said in Saint John.

"To compete at a world championships, you've got to be at the top of your game. So we want to give her some time to see how she's doing and we'll work alongside [her coaches] and just keep gauging how she's doing."

Skate Canada also added Aurora Cotop to the team. The 16-year-old from Toronto won silver at the Canadian championships but didn't have the technical score required to compete at the world championships, March 18-24 in Saitama, Japan. Skate Canada sent her to an international event in Germany where she achieved the needed score.

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