Who is Gabrielle Daleman?
Canadian figure skater Gabrielle Daleman is the 2017 World Championship bronze medalist.
Figure skating beginnings
Daleman was born January 13, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She stepped on the ice for the first time at age 4, when her parents signed her up for lessons. She got a taste of an Olympic dream when she saw Joannie Rochette skate at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, where Rochette won a bronze medal.
Major competitions/ medals
Daleman finished 17th individually at the 2014 Olympics. To finish off her 2013-14 season, she placed 13th at the world championships.
In the post-Olympic season, Daleman placed fifth and sixth in her two Grand Prix assignments, but won her first national title at the 2015 Canadian Nationals. She finished seventh at the Four Continents Championships but only managed 21st place at Worlds.
The next year, Daleman matched her Grand Prix finishes, again notching fifth and sixth places. She claimed a silver medal at Canadian nationals and to close out her season, broke into the top-10 at Worlds with a ninth place finish.
Daleman improved in the 2016-17 season to finish fourth at both of her Grand Prix assignments in the fall. At Canadian nationals, she won her fourth silver medal. At the 2017 Four Continents Championships – held in the same venue that will host 2018 Olympic figure skating – she won a silver medal. She carried that momentum into the world championships, where she came away with the bronze.
Daleman was the Canadian junior national champion in 2012. She graduated to the senior ranks the following year and landed on the podium with back-to-back silver medals in 2013 and 2014, earning her a trip to the Sochi Olympics.
In 2015, Daleman expanded her coaching team to include two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser in Toronto. Orser also trains Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and two-time Worlds champion Javier Fernandez of Spain. Daleman’s father is also part of her coaching team, working with her specifically for off-ice workouts.
The 2017 World Championships were the first time two Canadian women have been on the podium: Daleman and Kaetlyn Osmond. The pair’s efforts won Canada three ladies’ quota spots at the 2018 Olympics, something Canada hasn’t had since the 1968 Games.
Before leaving for the world championships, someone told Daleman to “skate like a Worlds medalist.” Daleman admitted that’s when it clicked, and she won the bronze.
Daleman competed at the 2014 Olympics and finished 17th.
Outside the rink
She was bullied as a child when she had trouble reading and writing, but knew one day she would be able to say, “Look where I am now.” She left school early many days to go to figure skating practice, which made the other kids jealous. On top of that, her physique didn’t always match the figure skater archetype; as a former gymnast, she’s built differently than many skaters.
After wrapping up her 2016-17 season, Daleman went on tour with the “Stars on Ice” cast throughout Canada, but had to withdraw part of the way through. It was later revealed that she had emergency surgery to remove an abdominal cyst in May. She was off the ice for two weeks, but returned to training by the early summer.
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