Richmond skater lands quad, bronze at ISU juniors

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:58 PDT, Fri September 17, 2021

Last Updated: 3:32 PDT, Mon September 27, 2021

Wesley Chiu has reached the podium at the ISU Junior Grand Prix. 

The Richmond skater, a member of the vaunted Connaught Figure Skating Club which has produced numerous champions in its long history, landed the first quadruple jump of his career en route to a bronze medal in men’s competition on Friday.

This was the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Gleb Lutfullin led Russia to a one-two finish with 230.42 points, with teammate Egor Rukhin at 223.29. The 16-year-old Chiu, fourth after Thursday’s short program, climbed one spot for the bronze with a personal best 217.59.

Skating to music by Muse, Chiu executed a clean long program which included landing a quad toe loop for his second medal on the circuit this season. He earned gold at the second stop in France.

“It’s another great milestone I’ve achieved,” said Chiu, about landing the quad. “I look forward to doing more in the future. Today’s free (skate program) was a fight for sure, but it was all worth it in the end.”

The competition ends Saturday.

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