Nguyen, Chartrand will lead Canada’s team at the world championships

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Nam Nguyen and Alaine Chartrand headline the Canadian team for the world figure skating championships in Japan in March.

Nguyen, a 20-year-old from Toronto, edged 14-year-old phenom Stephen Gogolev for gold at the Canadian championships Saturday night.

Chartrand, a 22-year-old from Prescott, Ont., climbed from fifth place after the short program to win the women’s title.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who are world silver and bronze medallists, clinched their spot by winning the ice dance title in their first competition since spending the fall performing on the Thank You Canada Tour.

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro won the pairs event to earn an automatic spot.

Keegan Messing joins Nguyen on the men’s side, as Gogolev is still two years too young to compete internationally on the senior side. Gogolev will skate at the world junior championships.

Skate Canada is leaving two spots on the women’s side open until after the ISU Four Continents event. One of them could go to Gabrielle Daleman, the world bronze medallist who dropped to fifth place after a shaky free program Saturday. Daleman, who suffers from depression and anxiety, took the fall competitive season off to focus on her mental health.

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen round out the ice dance contingent.

Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud are the other pairs team representing Canada.

The world championships are March 18-24 in Saitama, Japan.

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