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Calgary figure skater Kaiya Ruiter ‘thrilled’ to help host Junior Worlds

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Kaiya Ruiter has welcomed the world’s most talented junior figure skaters to Calgary.

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The 2023 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships opened Monday in the city with phenoms from all over the world in attendance at WinSport Event Centre.

And the 16-year-old Calgarian hopes to show her best in competition against dynamic junior women skaters.

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“She is an amazing athlete — hard-working, dedicated and self-motivated,” said coach Scott Davis of Ruiter. “Kaiya loves competing and is thrilled to be representing Canada in her home rink of WinSport.

“She’s poised to perform her personal bests.”

The star of the Calalta Figure Skating Club skated Wednesday in the short program and is back on the ice Friday for the free skate.

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‘Junior Worlds’ is an annual event that travels the globe, showcasing the best young skaters from many countries, competing for the world junior titles in men’s, ladies’, pairs’ and ice dance classes.

ISU member nations select their entries according to their own criteria. Currently, skaters must be at least 13 years old but not yet 19 before the previous July 1 date, except for men competing in pair skating and ice dancing, where the age maximum is 21.

Skaters participating in the Junior Worlds must have reached a set of minimum total elements scores during the ongoing season or in the preceding year.

The international competition runs through Sunday.

Figure skaters perform during the opening ceremony of the World Junior Figure Skating Championships at Winsport Event Centre on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia

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