SportsGabrielle Daleman won't skate for Canada at NHK Trophy Grand Prix

20:21  30 october  2018
20:21  30 october  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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The 2018–19 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating is a series of invitational senior internationals which will run from October 2018 through to December 2018.

The 2018 NHK Trophy is the 4th event of six in the 2018–19 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating , a senior-level international invitational competition series. It will be held in Hiroshima on November 9–11.

Canada's Gabrielle Daleman has withdrawn from the NHK Trophy Grand Prix in Japan.

Earlier this month, the world figure skating bronze medallist pulled out of Skate Canada International this past weekend, announcing she was taking a break from training to focus on her mental health.

Daleman, who trains in Toronto with coaches Brian Orser and Lee Barkell, was a member of the Canadian team that won gold at the 2018 Olympics. She's the reigning Canadian champion and was third at the 2017 world championships.

Gabrielle Daleman won't skate for Canada at NHK Trophy Grand Prix © Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images/File Canadian figure skater Gabrielle Daleman has withdrawn from her second Grand Prix this season, the NHK Trophy next month in Japan.

The 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., was among the Canadian skaters who won gold in the team event at the Olympics this past February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Several Canadians have taken either the Grand Prix circuit or the entire post-Olympic season off. Among them, world champion Kaetlyn Osmond is taking a year off from competition. And ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje aren't competing on the Grand Prix circuit.

The NHK Trophy runs Nov. 9-11.

Canadians sit third in pairs at NHK Trophy.
HIROSHIMA, Japan - Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro were in third place after the pairs short program Friday at the NHK Trophy. Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont., and Marinaro, from Sarnia, Ont., had 67.70 points. Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Russia were first with a season-best 73.48 points and Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China were second with 70.66. The Canadians, who won bronze last month at Skate Canada, opened with a strong triple twist but weren't as smooth on the side-by-side jump and the throw triple loop. ''We are a little disappointed with the performance today,'' said Moore-Towers. ''We've been practising very well all week.

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