WATCH ABOVE: Jay Janower speaks to Justin Hampole about his win.
VANCOUVER – Prince George’s own Justin Hampole earned a bronze medal at the Canada Winter Games on Wednesday.
The figure skater was second going into the day’s competition after a personal best short program on Tuesday. After another clean program he earned a combined total of 91.88 points to place third.
“I never expected to win a medal,” said Hampole. “My goal was 90 points and I achieved that and I am so happy to have won bronze. It has been a great experience.”
“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.”
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Team BC won four medals overall. Beres Clements (Gibsons) skated a strong program and finished in fourth place overall.
For the pre-novice women, 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.