Canadian skater Orzel takes silver, Cotop wins bronze at Bavarian Open

OBERTSDORF, Germany — Toronto’s Conrad Orzel won the silver medal in men’s competition and Aurora Cotop of Thornhill, Ont., added a bronze in the women’s event on Sunday to conclude the Bavarian Open figure skating competition.

Both skaters were competing for the first time at the senior international level.

In men’s competition, Koshiro Shamada of Japan took the gold with 210.80 points. Orzel, fourth after the short program on Friday, finished second with 200.51 while Peter-James Hallam of Britain was third at 192.10. There were 12 entries.

”Landing the two quad toes and my triple Axels were a big highlight for me,” said Orzel, 18. ”Still there were costly mistakes on triple jumps so I didn’t get the score I wanted but it was a world ranking score which means I got the job done.”

Japan was 1-2 in the women’s event with Satoko Miyahara first at 204.56 and Yuna Aoki second at 182.90. Cotop ranked third in both programs and totalled 162.56. There were 18 entries.

”I feel pretty good about my skate,” said the 16-year-old Cotop, who’s on the comeback from injury. ”I achieved some of my goals including my technical scores and levels. Still I need to get my Lutz more consistent and add more triples to the program.”

Canada ended the competition with three gold, three silver and two bronze.

On Saturday, Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of St-Hubert, Que., won gold in ice dancing, ahead of Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Calgary.

Canada was 1-2 in Novice I ice dance with Sophia Kaglovskaya and Kieran MacDonald of Wellesley, Ont., winning gold and Kiera Kam of Burnaby, B.C., and Mathew Carter of Langley, B.C., taking the silver.

Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., won gold in men’s advanced Novice I and Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary won the bronze in women’s advance Novice I.

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