Prince George skater Justin Hampole was second going into the day after a personal best short program on Tuesday. He skated another clean program and earning a combined total of 91.88 points to place third for the bronze medal.
“I never expected to win a medal,” Hampole said. “My goal was 90 points and I achieved that and I am so happy to have won bronze. It has been a great experience.”
It was a packed house at Lakewood Dental Arena when Hampole took to the ice. To skate in front of a hometown crowd obviously came with some nerves.
“I have never been that nervous before a skate before. But, I have been talking with a sport psychologist and he said that if you don’t have nerves you don’t care. I was really nervous so I guess I must really care.”
Justin’s teammate, Beres Clements (Gibsons) skated a strong program and finished in fourth place overall.
The pre-novice women took to the ice Wednesday afternoon. Olivia Gran of Kelowna skated a personal best in the short program and was in first place going into the free skate but struggled on her jumps in the performance. She scored a total of 94.83 which was enough for the silver medal behind Sarah-Maude Blanchard of Quebec. Alisa Lyesina (Victoria) placed fifth.
In the Special Olympics Level 2 competition Matthew Lai (Richmond) earned gold and his teammate Eric Pahima (Vancouver) earned silver.