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Rocky Rhythms Lead Gibson and Fear to Silver at 2023 Skate Canada International

Vancouver – There’s nothing quite like the iconic Rocky theme to inspire athletes, and British ice dance pair Lewis Gibson and Lilah Fear have proved just that. Showcasing a mesmerising routine to music from the beloved boxing saga, the duo dazzled the audience and judges, earning a commendable free dance score of 209.55. This impressive performance placed them just 10 points behind the reigning Canadian champions, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.

While the Canadian duo clinched their fourth consecutive Skate Canada title, Gibson and Fear’s Rocky-inspired act not only secured them a brilliant silver medal but also highlighted the spirit of their partnership. It was a triumphant start to the season for the British pair, unfolding on a vibrant Vancouver Saturday night.

Lithuania didn’t leave empty-handed either, with Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius grabbing bronze, adding another feather to their cap.

Expressing her thoughts on their Rocky routine, Fear, 24, stated, “We aim to showcase our personalities and what resonates with us. The universal themes of self-belief, overcoming hurdles, and achieving success through self-confidence embedded in Rocky are aspects we deeply relate to. The audience’s connection and feedback on this routine have been overwhelming, and we’re eager to enhance it further.”

In other notable performances, Japan’s two-time world champion, Sakamoto Kaori, 23, delivered a statement by outpacing Republic of Korea’s Kim Chae-yeon and fellow Japanese skater Matsuike Rino by a staggering 25 points. Rino, though merely 19, exhibited a remarkable talent on the Canadian rink. However, Kaori’s remarkable free skate score of 151.00 ensured she added yet another accolade to her growing list. On her win, Kaori expressed, “I’m thrilled to have performed precisely as I’d envisioned. There’s room for improvement, but today, I’m genuinely elated with the outcome.”

With such captivating performances, this year’s Skate Canada International event has set the bar high, and fans worldwide are keenly awaiting what the rest of the season has in store.

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