Caron performs on national stage

The big event in Canadian sport last week was the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships televised nationwide - and it featured a Yukon skater.

The big event in Canadian sport last week was the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships televised nationwide – and it featured a Yukon skater.

Whitehorse’s Kevin Caron, 18, made the best of his final major competition in junior men’s skating division at the BMO competition held in London, Ontario.

Caron finished 17th in both his short and long programs for a 17th-place finish overall.

“It went really good, it was a lot of fun and a good experience,” said Caron. “It was a cool competition. I got to see the senior men shorts on Friday and that was a good experience because I’m moving up to that level next year. It was good to see what everyone was doing at that level.”

The Arctic Edge Skate Club member performed his short program to Black Betty by Spiderbait and his long program to a medley from the Matrix movies.

“The short program was good – I didn’t quite do a nice triple lutz, but it was a really good attempt,” said Caron. “In the long program I did a beautiful triple lutz and two triple salchows.”

The short program also featured a double axel that was, “one of the best I’ve done,” said Caron.

“The flying sit in the short (program) was really high – I was about level with the boards,” he added.

“The death drop in the long (program) spun really well, so I had a lot of rotation in it, and it felt easy. It felt automatic; I just kind of did it and it felt amazing.”

Caron qualified for the national competition in the junior men’s event at the Western and Eastern Challenge in December in Mississauga, Ontario. Coincidently, he finished 17th in both his short and long routines for a 17th-place finish overall, needing to finish in the top 18 to advance.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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