Canada sends 11 skaters to Nebelhorn Trophy
Dube and Wolfe to make international debut in Oberstdorf
|Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill will compete at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy. (Getty Images)|
National team member Elladj Baldé, 20, Pierrefonds, Quebec, is one of Canada's men's entries. Baldé finished fifth at the 2011 Canadian Figure Skating Championships. He trains out of the Pierrefonds FSC with his coaches Eric Therrien and Lynette Deshaies Ouellette.
The other men's entry is Samuel Morais, 19, Laval, Quebec. Morais placed 12th at the 2011 Canadian Championships, and he placed second at the 2010 Canadian Junior Figure Skating Championships. He trains at CPA Saint-Léonard with coach Louise Michaud.
In the ladies division is another national team member, Adriana DeSanctis, 23, Barrie, Ontario. This will be her first senior international competition. DeSanctis competed at the 2010 and 2011 Canadian Championships, placing sixth and fifth, respectively. She is coached by Robert Tebby and Douglas Leigh at the Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie, Ontario.
The new pairs teams of Jessica Dubé, 23, Saint-Cyrille de Wendover, Quebec, and Sébastien Wolfe, 21, Terrebonne, Quebec, will compete for the first time internationally together. The pair teamed up in April 2011 and is coached by Annie Barabé at CPA Sorel-Tracy.
Paige Lawrence, 21, Kennedy, Saskatoon, and Rudi Swiegers, 24, Brandon, Manitoba, are Canada's other entry in the pairs event. The team has previously competed on the ISU Grand Prix circuit, most notably winning bronze at 2010 Skate Canada International. They also won bronze at the 2011 Canadian Championships. They are coached by Patricia Hole at the Wawota FSC.
Kharis Ralph, 19, Toronto, Ontario, and Asher Hill, 20, Pickering, Ontario, placed fourth at the 2011 Canadian Championships. Last season, on the Grand Prix circuit, they placed sixth at Trophée Eric Bompard and seventh at the Cup of China. They are coached by Carol Lane, Jon Lane and Juris Razguliaevs at Ice Dance Elite in Scarboro, Ontario.
Also competing in ice dancing are Tarrah Harvey, 21, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Keith Gagnon, 23, Surrey, British Columbia. They placed ninth at the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy and fifth at the 2011 Canadian Championships. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.