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Chartrand wins first Canadian title, gets standing 'O'

Champion breaks 200-point barrier; Daleman wins silver, Osmond bronze
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Alaine Chartrand will go to the world championships for the second year in a row, but this time she'll be doing it as the Canadian champion. -Getty Images

The audience was standing well before Alaine Chartrand finished her program, but she maintained her focus and finished strong, winning her first Canadian title with 201.99 points.

"It felt amazing," Chartrand said. "I did my job in both programs. Got that world spot that I was looking for.

"(At the end of the program), I had that built-up energy inside of me from my last jump," she added. "The crowd was screaming, and I had two spins to go. I don't think I've seen that kind of reaction before. I was so relieved and proud of all the hard work that I put in. It's all coming together and paying off."

Chartrand, 19, works with some of the best coaches and choreographers in the sport, including main coach Michelle Leigh. On a typical week, she spends quite a bit of time on the road -- between her hometown of Brockville, Ontario, and Prescott, Nepean and Toronto. She also works with Brian Orser at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.

"Some people just train on one rink all the time, and you're not as used to different-sized rinks, different conditions," Chartrand said. "I've been on all different sizes, different ice quality. I think it's an advantage in that way.

"Sometimes, it's tiring," she added. "I think, 'Oh yeah, I've got to pack my bag again.'"

Chartrand said she's gotten comfortable with the programs David Wilson and Shae-Lynn Bourne created for her this year.

"We definitely worked on getting the long program more comfortable," she said. "I had some rough long programs on the Grand Prix. To do a good one like I did today, it feels amazing. I'm happy with the changes that we made, to make the long program more comfortable, and all the work that we've done on it paid off today."

This is not only Chartrand's first senior title but her first-ever Canadian title at any level.

"I remember when I got my first medal -- I carried it around with me for about a week in my pocket. I think I'll be wearing this one for a long time," she said.

Her program contained difficult elements, including a triple-triple combination, triple flip, triple loop and triple salchow. She did not include the triple axel, which she has been training.

"I broke 200, which is crazy. Most importantly for me, I focused on myself and put together two programs I can be really proud of," Chartrand said. "Not just today, but this whole week has been great. I couldn't be happier."

Her main goal for the remainder of the season is to stay focused and remain consistent.

"I've been focused on Canadians, and we try not to think much past that," she said. "I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, but I think with how I skated, if I do that at the world championships, I would be happy."

Chartrand finished second in both the short program and the free skate. The silver medal went to last year's ladies champion, Gabrielle Daleman, who finished first in the free skate. The leader after the short program, two-time Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond, finished third in the free skate and third overall.