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Michael Marinaro and Margaret Purdy are gearing up for the Junior World Figure Skating Competition

February 15, 2012



Pairs Figure Skaters Michael Marinaro of the Point Edward skating club and partner Margaret Purdy of the Watford skating club are gearing up for the Junior World Figure Skating Competition in Minsk Belarus February 24- March 4.

Follow Margaret and Michael before, during and after the competition with Reports from Belarus

February 16, 2012

Hi Everyone! Usually February is a time of year that Margaret and I get to take a bit of a break after the National Championships and we start to get ready for our show season and look ahead to plans for the upcoming competitive year. This year, all of that will have to wait until March. We're continuing to train really hard and get ready for Junior Worlds which will be held in Belarus at the end of February.

We're coming out of two strong performances that earned us a 6th place finish at the Canadian Championships in Moncton, N.B. in January and we've had a great season on the Junior International circuit. Our focus for Belarus, aside from trying to stay warm amidst Europe's incredible cold snap, is to carry the confidence we've gained throughout this season and to push ourselves with the speed and ease of execution of our technical elements.

Having competed this year back and forth between Junior and Senior events we've gained new perspective on our competitive goals and on what our strengths are against different fields. Less emphasis on the technical difficulty in the Junior events brings the expectations of an added attention to detail and far fewer mistakes made.

Margaret and I are aiming for a podium finish amongst a very strong field of competitors. The three-time junior world champions, China's Han and Sui along with this years American and Canadian junior champions and some notable Russian contenders will also be competing at this event.

Thanks to everyone in Sarnia for their well wishes and continued support of Margaret and myself. We look forward to seeing you all in March and April at the Point Edward Carnival and at our ice show in Strathroy!

We'll keep you posted from Minsk Belarus!
Michael Marinaro

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