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Six Canadian skaters competing at JGP Romania

Junior champ Nguyen looks to rebound from 12th-place finish in Latvia

Nam Nguyen, pictured here performing in the gala at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will shoot for a podium spot at JGP Romania.
Nam Nguyen, pictured here performing in the gala at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will shoot for a podium spot at JGP Romania. (Getty Images)

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By Skate Canada
(09/21/2011) - Skate Canada is sending six athletes to the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event this week in Brasov, Romania. Canada will be represented in two disciplines, men's and ice dancing.

Leading the men's division is Nam Nguyen, 13, Burnaby, British Columbia. Nguyen placed 12th at his first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment in Latvia. He competed at the 2010 and 2011 Skate Canada Junior Nationals as a junior, placing third and first, respectively. Nguyen is coached by Joanne McLeod at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.

Peter O'Brien, 17, Ameliasburgh, Ontario, is the second entry in the men's discipline. This is his first season on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. In 2011 he placed third as a junior at the 2011 Skate Canada Junior Nationals. He trains out of the Pierrefonds Figure Skating Club and is coached by Eric Therrien and Lynette Deshaies Ouellette.

Laurence Fournier Beaudry, 19, Greenfield Park, Quebec, and Yoan Breton, 18, Saint-Alexandre, Quebec, will be one of two entries for Canada in ice dancing. They placed sixth at the 2011 Skate Canada Junior Nationals at the junior level. This is their first year on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. They are coached by Julien Lalonde and Mylene Girard at LMK International in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.

Also competing in ice dancing are Mackenzie Bent, 14, Uxbridge, Ontario, and Garrett MacKeen, 17, Oshawa, Ontario. They won bronze in novice at the 2011 Skate Canada Junior Nationals. This is also their first year on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. They train at Scarboro Ice Dance Elite with coach Juris Razgulajevs.