Cynthia Phaneuf

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Cynthia Phaneuf
PHANEUF 2008SC by Carmichael.jpg
Phaneuf at the 2008 Skate Canada.
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1988-01-16) January 16, 1988 (age 27)
Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
Residence Contrecœur, Quebec
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former coach Brian Orser
Annie Barabé
Sophie Richard
Y. Desjardins
Former choreographer David Wilson
Former skating club CPA Sorel
Former training locations Toronto
Contrecœur, Quebec
Began skating 1992
Retired September 2012
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 177.54
2010 Worlds
Short program 60.98
2009 Four Continents
Free skate 118.04
2010 Worlds

Cynthia Phaneuf (born January 16, 1988) is a Canadian figure skater. She is the 2004 Four Continents silver medalist, 2004 Skate Canada International champion, 2004 Skate America silver medalist, a two-time (2004, 2011) Canadian national champion, and a four-time (2005, 2009, 2010, 2012) Canadian silver medalist. She finished in fifth place at the 2010 World Championships and represented Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.


Cynthia Phaneuf began skating at age four after watching her cousin skating.[1] She landed her first triple, a salchow, at the age of eleven.[1]

Phaneuf was coached by Annie Barabé and Sophie Richard in Contrecœur, Quebec from the age of nine until November 2011.[2][3] Her programs were choreographed by David Wilson. In domestic Canadian competitions, she represented CPA Sorel.

Considered a threat to qualify for the 2006 Canadian Olympic team due to her two previous National medals, Phaneuf was forced to withdraw from the 2006 Canadian Championships (the Olympic qualifying competition) due to an injury to her right knee. This was following a stress fracture to her right ankle that prevented her from competing in fall competitions.[citation needed] In 2007, she earned a spot on the Canadian ladies' world team by finishing fourth in that year's national championships.

In 2008, she continued her comeback with a third place showing in the national championships, and a seventh place at the Four Continents Championships.

In 2010, at the World Championships, she placed fifth. She was 4th in the free program and 8th in the short program. Had she scored 1.09 more points, she would have won a bronze medal.

During the 2010–11 season, she placed fourth in her two Grand Prix events. At the 2011 Canadian Championships, she won her second national title.

In November 2011, Phaneuf left Quebec and longtime coaches Annie Barabé and Sophie Richard to move to Toronto to train with Brian Orser.[2][4] Phaneuf won the silver medal at the 2012 Canadian Championships, second to Amelie Lacoste by 1.57 points. At the 2012 Four Continents, the two skaters competed for a berth to the 2012 World Championships – Phaneuf finished 0.18 points behind Lacoste.[5]

In July 2012, it was reported that Phaneuf had a stress fracture in her back.[6] On September 26, 2012, Phaneuf announced her retirement from competitive skating.[7] She stated, "I've done everything I wanted to. [...] I'm ready to move on."[8] Phaneuf subsequently moved to Philadelphia, where her boyfriend was playing for the NHL, and began coaching at Isabelle Brasseur's skating school there.[9] After her boyfriend was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in October 2013, she moved to Denver, Colorado.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Cynthia Phaneuf was born January 16, 1988 in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec.[12] She married Canadian hockey player Maxime Talbot, who plays for the Colorado Avalanche on July 11, 2014.[13][14][15] Their son, Jaxson Talbot, was born on February 27, 2014.[16]

Phaneuf is a fourth cousin of NHL player, Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[17]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Unbreak My Heart/Spanish Guitar
  • Bordao en oro
  • Afternoon at Satie's by Jesse Cook
    by Jesse Cook
  • Quelques Jeux Interdits
    by Francois Dompienne
  • Heart Still Beating
    by Ottmar Liebert
  • Vamos a Bailar
    by Gypsy Kings
  • Casi un Bolero
    by Robi Rosa, Luis Gomez Escolar

Competitive highlights[edit]

Phaneuf at 2011 Four Continents
Event 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Olympics 12th
Worlds 20th 15th 5th 13th
Four Continents 2nd 15th 7th 5th 6th 8th
Grand Prix Final 6th
GP Skate Canada 1st 10th 8th 7th 4th 7th
GP Bompard 4th
GP NHK Trophy 7th 6th 9th
GP Skate America 2nd
Nebelhorn 4th
International: Junior, Novice[27]
Junior Worlds 10th
JGP Final 7th
JGP Bulgaria 3rd
JGP Canada 3rd
JGP Germany 6th
JGP Japan 5th 5th
JGP Netherlands 1st
Mladost Trophy 1st J.
Triglav Trophy 2nd N.
Canadian Champ. 6th N. 2nd J. 7th 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd
Team events
WTT 2nd T
(7th P)
3rd T
(12th P)
Japan Open 2nd T
(3rd P)
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
Phaneuf missed the 2005–2006 season due to injury.


  1. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (June 25, 2004). "Golden Blades Lucky for Canada's Phaneuf". GoldenSkate. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Phaneuf hopes to rediscover love of skating with Orser". The Canadian Press. November 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Smith, Beverley (November 17, 2011). "Cynthia Phaneuf switches coaches". The Globe and Mail. 
  5. ^ "Amelie Lacoste clinches spot at ISU figure skating championships". Postmedia News (National Post). February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "C. PHANEUF NE SERA PAS DES GRANDS PRIX" [C. Phaneuf will not compete in the Grand Prix]. RDS (in French). July 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Two-time Canadian Champion and 2010 Olympian Cynthia Phaneuf retires from figure skating". Skate Canada. September 26, 2012. Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ Elfman, Lois (September 26, 2012). "Phaneuf: 'I've done everything I wanted to'". Ice Network. 
  9. ^ "Two-time Canadian figure skating champion Phaneuf retires". The Canadian Press (TSN). September 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tweet - Cynthia Phaneuf". Twitter. November 15, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Avalanche, Flyers trade forwards Steve Downie, Max Talbot". CBC News. October 31, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Cynthia Phaneuf". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on August 1, 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Cynthia Phaneuf announces retirement from figure skating". National Post. September 26, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Avalanche, Flyers trade forwards Steve Downie, Max Talbot". CBC News. October 31, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Maxime Talbot est papa" [Maxime Talbot is a father]. Agence QMI (in French) (Journal de Montreal). February 27, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Phaneuf's plans go awry". January 20, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 4, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 24, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 7, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 6, 2007. 
  23. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 3, 2005. 
  24. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 18, 2004. 
  25. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 18, 2002. 
  26. ^ "Cynthia PHANEUF: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 12, 2002. 
  27. ^ a b "Competition Results: Cynthia PHANEUF". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. 

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