Baldé in 2011
November 9, 1990 |
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Home town||Montreal, Quebec|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Coach||Yuka Sato, Jason Dungjen|
|Former coach||Eric Therrien, Lynette Ouellette, Anna Sherbatov|
|Former choreographer||Pasquale Camerlengo|
|Skating club||CPA Pierrefonds|
|Training locations||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan|
|Former training locations||Pierrefonds, Quebec|
|ISU personal best scores|
2014 NHK Trophy
2013 Skate Canada
2014 NHK Trophy
Elladj Baldé (born November 9, 1990) is a Canadian figure skater. He placed 8th at the 2009 World Junior Championships and 11th at the 2014 Four Continents Championships. He is the 2008 Canadian Junior champion.
Elladj Baldé was born in Moscow to a Russian mother and Guinean father. His elder sister died from leukemia. After a year in Bonn, Germany during his sister's treatment, the family moved to Canada in 1992. He speaks English, French, and Russian.
Elladj Baldé was introduced to skating at the age of seven by his mother. Initially, he disliked it so much that he would hide his skates in the closet in order to miss practice. He began to love figure skating when he was ten.
Baldé won the junior silver medal at the 2007 Canadian Championships and won the junior title at the 2008 Canadian Championships. During the 2008–09 season, he won a pair of medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and made his senior national debut at the 2009 Canadian Championships, finishing 10th. Baldé was 8th at the 2009 World Junior Championships.
In 2009, Baldé underwent major surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, keeping him off the ice for six months. His doctor gave the go-ahead to resume practicing triples after three months of lighter training on the ice. He missed the entire 2009–10 season.
Baldé returned to competition the following season and placed 5th at the 2011 Canadian Championships. In late 2011, he moved to the United States to train with Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was 4th at the 2012 Canadian Championships.
After identifying a problem with the blade positioning on one of his new boots, Baldé decided to compete at the 2013 Skate Canada International with an older left boot and new right boot, even though one was soft and the other stiff. Both his knees were taped as a result of tendinitis. In the short program, he landed his first quad toe in competition and added a double toe to the end.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP NHK Trophy||6th|
|GP Skate Canada||10th||7th||7th||WD|
|JGP Czech Rep.||6th|
|JGP South Africa||3rd|
|Canadians||2nd J.||1st J.||10th||5th||4th||4th||4th||6th|
|J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew|
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