Pereira and Michaud climb rankings in season debut
, 2023-03-15 03:03:18,
In their first season together, Canada’s Lia Pereira and Trennt Michaud are rapidly climbing the pairs rankings. After teaming up in the summer of 2023, they won bronze in December at their first international competition—Golden Spin of Zagreb—a Challenger series event. They followed up with another bronze-medal win in their debut together at the 2023 Canadian National Championships in January.
Gaining momentum, the young team made their debut at 2023 Four Continents in Colorado Springs, Colo., where they finished fourth with three new personal best scores. They are now scheduled to compete at the 2023 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan, later this month.
Michaud is an experienced pairs competitor, having made three previous trips to Four Continents and Worlds with his previous partner, Evelyn Walsh. Their best placement was a bronze medal at the 2022 Four Continents. Walsh and Michaud were initially planning to continue for the 2022-23 season, however, in August, Walsh announced on Instagram that she would be retiring to pursue her studies.
Michaud knew immediately that he wasn’t done with his competitive career.
“It was the first thing Alison [Purkiss, his coach] asked me after we’d had a conversation with Evelyn,” he recalled. “I said there was no question about it. I wanted to find a new partner and keep going. I love skating, I love competing, and I feel like I haven’t done enough with it yet.”
At the time, Pereira was training as a singles skater, though she wasn’t new to the idea of pairs.
“I did do pairs about five or six years ago, as a little baby novice, and I worked with Alison as my coach,” she said. “I’ve kind of kept the relationship with her throughout these past five years, and my singles coach Nancy [Lemaire], is also very good friends with her. So, when Evelyn decided to move on, Trennt and Ali had messaged Nancy, and Nancy had messaged me, and we had a little meeting and started a little trial. We skated together for a couple of days and then we just kept saying, ‘Oh, well see you…
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