Figure skating: Sara-Maude Dupuis is ready to play in the big leagues
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At 17, Sara-Maude Dupuis was the best Quebecer at the recent Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Her progress now propels her to Colorado Springs, these days, for her first major international competition among seniors.
“I'm really looking forward to this, I'm excited, but at the same time, I have to stay focused,” said the young Montrealer about this important meeting at the ISU Four Continents Championships.
“This competition is really interesting to get world ranking points,” she says. I would like to finish top 15 or even top 10, but the main objective is to gain experience. The more competitions we do, the more the judges get to know us.
Dupuis will certainly be one to watch over the next few years, as she continues to work hard with her trainer Stéphane Yvars to achieve the triple axel.
The Quebecer has already performed the maneuver in training, providing images that have caused a stir in the world of figure skating. However, consistency is necessary before attempting this coveted jump during competitions.
“It's another challenge to do the triple axel consistently, it's my goal to integrate it into my competition routine,” confirms the one who trains at the Gilles-Chabot arena in Boucherville. .
With Schizas and Miclette
Besides the Europeans, several of the best skaters in the world are in Colorado.
Canada naturally selected its champion Madeline Schizas to represent the country, along with Dupuis and another Quebecer, Justine Miclette.
Dupuis will offer the same exercise program that allowed her to finish fourth, just off the podium, at the Canadian Championships in January in Oshawa.
She will skate like this on the song Take The “A” Train by Montrealer Nikki Yanofsky during her short program on Thursday, while a song from the soundtrack of the series The 100 spiced up his free program, scheduled for the next day.
“I am proud of my fourth place in January because in recent years, it had been more difficult for me at the national championships, says Dupuis, who finished 11th in 2022 when she was only 16 years old. A few years ago, my dream as a little girl was to participate in the Canadian senior championships. I learned to be more confident.
This confidence brings him to Colorado this week in the company of the world's elite.