The last international competition Angers participated in was a Junior Grand Prix circuit event in 2011 in Poland. Now 28, the skater returned to training just over a year ago, for personal enjoyment, after putting his sport on hold due to injuries.
I got out of the shower and had several missed calls from my trainer. I thought I missed a practice or a meeting. She told me to check my emails and I saw the Skate Canada invitation! It was a nasty beautiful surprise, says Angers, amused and feverish.
It was the withdrawal of Japanese skaters and his fine performance at the Quebec summer championships last August that allowed him to attract the attention of Skate Canada leaders. He took the 2e competition rank. Not bad for someone who came back to training just for the purpose of finally making a success of his triple axel in competition.
You may succeed in all the elements you want, the triple axel is the minimum to get out of the country. Since last year, I have proven myself and managed to train well despite the pandemic, insists the athlete.
When I was on the junior circuit it was my dream to do a grand prix. On the Senior circuit it is difficult to [monter cette marche]. In the Canadian, my best ranking was 13e.
The return to competition, without pressure, seems to do well for the Gatineau resident who also obtained a place on the podium at the senior Quebec championships, in virtual, last year. He wants to keep this state of mind before the Fall Classics.
My goals remain the same. I skate for myself. Of course, I want to compete better in competition. I did well with my triple axel in the long program. There were some minor skirmishes here and there, but I did enough to show that I was one of the fittest in Canada. There, it will be to do better, explains Angers.
To measure its progress, Angers will have simple expectations. No question of including new more complicated jumps, even if he now feels capable of doing them.
I just want to polish all of my elements, have one more check mark. I didn’t add anything. I’m doing my quadruple trick, but it was put aside for the event. I feel that I would be able to achieve it and it would allow me to climb further. But, at the end of the week, I especially want to improve my footwork and spins, as well as the quality of my outings in my jumps. Above all, nail the triple axel, says Angers, laughing about the jump that has given him so much difficulty in the past.
The young man has not dreamed of the Olympics for a long time. But we feel, more than ever, that skating gives him real pleasure. He will see how far this pleasure can take him in the coming months.