With four national titles already on their resume, ice dancers Madeline Edwards and Zhao Kai Pang have been itching to match that on an international rink.
They moved another step closer to doing just that on the weekend, capturing silver in Mexico City at the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating competition.
The dancers - 17-year-old Edwards of Port Moody and Pang of Burnaby - were representing Canada in the inaugural ISU meet of the season. They posted the top score on Saturday in the free dance routine, setting a personal best in the process, to secure the silver.
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U.S. won gold with a total of 136.45 points, while Edwards and Pang were close behind at 134.02, more than 20 points better than the third-place finishers.
"Our goal going in was to skate a clean, solid performance," remarked Edwards in an e-mail to the Tri-Cities NOW. "We had really upped our training to prepare for the altitude and that definitely gave us confidence."
The free dance results fed off that confidence, she noted.
"We were really happy with our free dance," she said. "I think we both felt comfortable and solid during the performance, which makes it much easier to get into the program and enjoy."
Edwards and Pang placed 12th at the World Junior championships last March, and scored twin bronze medals at ISU Junior Grand Prix events in France and Turkey last season.
They now prepare for their next ISU Junior Grand Prix event, in the Czech Republic in early October.
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