Team Canada has won two bronze medals at the 2019 Shiseido Cup of China on Saturday. The event is part of the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen of Montreal, Quebec won a bronze medal in the ice dance, while Liubov Ilyushechkina and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Quebec won a bronze medal in the pairs competition.
In the ice dance, Fournier-Beaudry and Sorensen had 190.74 total points. Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia won the gold medal with a score of 209.9 points. Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States won the silver medal with a score of 208.55 points. Fournier-Beaudry and Sorensen reached the podium by 4.29 points over Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu of China, who were in fourth place with a score of 186.45 points.
In the pairs, Ilyushechkina and Bilodeau had 190.73 points. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China won the gold medal with 228.37 points. Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China won the silver medal with 199.97 points. Ilyushechkina and Bilodeau reached the podium by 7.85 points over Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise of Italy, who were in fourth place with a score of 182.88 points.
This was the second medal on the Grand Prix Circuit for Fournier-Beaudry and Sorensen this season. They previously won a bronze medal at Skate America. The medals for Ilyusheckina, Bilodeau, Fournier-Beaudry and Sorensen will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.