Gabrielle Daleman wins her first Canadian women's figure skating title
Gabrielle Daleman performs her free program to win the gold medal in the women's competition at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Kingston, Ont. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, January 24, 2015 4:42PM EST
KINGSTON, Ont. -- Gabrielle Daleman captured her first Canadian women's figure skating title on Saturday and secured her spot on the world championship team.
The 17-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., skated an almost flawless performance to win gold with 186.02 points and beat a field that was missing defending champion Kaetlyn Osmond.
Daleman landed five triple jumps in her skate to "En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor," to finish ahead of Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont. Chartrand scored 184.24 and then burst into tears of joy while speaking with reporters after.
Veronik Mallet of Sept-Iles, Que., was third with 172.43.
Osmond is taking this season off to recover from a broken fibula suffered in the fall.
Results from the Canadian championships will be used to select the team that travels to the world championships in Shanghai in March. Canada can send two skaters in women's singles.