Liam Firus

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Liam Firus
Liam Firus Canadian Olympian.jpg
Firus in 2014
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1992-07-02) July 2, 1992 (age 24)
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Residence North Vancouver
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Coach Bruno Marcotte
Former coach Christy Krall, Damon Allen, Erik Schulz, Lorna Bauer, Rod Mackie, Scott Davis
Choreographer Mark Pillay
Skating club Vancouver Skating Club
Training locations Montreal, Quebec
Former training locations Colorado Springs, Colorado
North Vancouver
Began skating 2000
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 210.89
ISU GP Skate Canada International 2016 Mississauga
Short program 74.57
2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
Free skate 140.80
ISU GP Skate Canada International 2016 Mississauga

Liam Firus (born July 2, 1992) is a Canadian figure skater. He is the 2016 Triglav Trophy champion and a three-time Canadian national medalist (silver in 2016, bronze in 2014–15). He also won two bronze medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

Personal life[edit]

Liam Firus was born July 2, 1992 in North Vancouver, British Columbia.[1][2] He is the son of Lois Sullivan, a real estate agent, and Trevor Firus, an accountant.[3] He has a younger brother, Shane, who competes in ice dancing.[4]

Firus attended Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver.[5] After part-time business administration studies at Capilano University,[6] Firus became a student at Athabasca University, pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in finance.[7] In 2013, he passed the Canadian Securities Course.[8]

Career[edit]

Firus competing at the 2013 Canadian Championships

Early years[edit]

Firus started skating as a hockey player in 1999 and eventually switched to figure skating.[6] Lorna Bauer began teaching him when he was eight years old.[5] A member of the North Shore's Vancouver Skating Club, he trained in the fall and winter at the Pacific National Exhibition Agrodome and the rest of the year at the Canlan Ice Sports Arena.[6]

During the 2009–10 season, Firus won the Canadian junior title but was not assigned to the World Junior Championships.[6]

2010–11 season[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, Firus finished 6th in his senior national debut at the 2011 Canadian Championships and was assigned to the World Junior Championships where he finished 20th.

2011–12 season[edit]

Firus began the 2011–12 season by winning the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix event in Brisbane, Australia.

2012–13 season[edit]

Firus experienced severe pelvic pain while training for the Canadian Championships.[8] He placed fifth at the event in January 2013. His condition developed into osteitis pubis and he decided to undergo prolotherapy.[8] He resumed training after five months.[7]

2013–14 season[edit]

In autumn 2013, Firus began training under Christy Krall in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[8][9] He won bronze at the 2014 Canadian Championships and was named in the Canadian team to the 2014 Winter Olympics. He finished 28th in Sochi.[2]

2014–15 season[edit]

Firus placed 11th at the 2014 Skate Canada International in Kelowna, British Columbia and won the bronze medal at the 2015 Canadian Championships in Kingston, Ontario. He finished 15th at the 2015 Four Continents Championships.

2015–16 season[edit]

Firus performing during the gala at the 2016 Canadian Championships

Firus won silver at the 2016 Canadian Nationals and finished 13th at the 2016 Four Continents Championships. He withdrew from the 2016 World Championships in Boston, stating "Making this decision was extremely difficult. However, I feel that withdrawing from the World Championships is vital for our team."[10]

2016–17 season[edit]

Ahead of the 2016–17 season, Firus changed coaches, joining Bruno Marcotte in Montreal.[4]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2016–17
[4]
2015–16
[11]
  • Blues for Klook
    by Eddy Louiss
    choreo. by Mark Pillay
2014–15
[7][12]
  • Fascination
    by Fermo Dante Marchetti
    performed by Richard Hayman
    choreo. by Mark Pillay
2013–14
[13][14]
  • Fascination
    by Fermo Dante Marchetti
    performed by Richard Hayman
2012–13
[15]
  • The Resistance
    by Muse
2011–12
[16]
2010–11
  • Lawrence of Arabia
    by Maurice Jarre
2009–10
[17]
  • Allegretto
    (from Paladio for String Orchestra)
    by Karl Jenkins, Carmine Laun, David Alberman

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[18]
Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Olympics 28th
Worlds WD
Four Continents 15th 13th
GP Skate Canada 10th 11th 9th
CS Finlandia 7th
CS Golden Spin 8th
CS Nebelhorn 9th 5th
Triglav Trophy 1st
U.S. Classic 8th
International: Junior or novice[18]
Junior Worlds 20th 8th
JGP Australia 3rd
JGP Austria 11th
JGP Belarus 8th
JGP Romania 5th
JGP Turkey 7th
JGP U.K. 3rd
Merano Cup 1st N
National[1]
Canadian Champ. 10th J 1st J 6th 6th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Liam Firus". Skate Canada. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Liam FIRUS". Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Smith, Beverley (February 3, 2014). "Olympian Profile: Liam Firus". Skate Canada. 
  4. ^ a b c "Liam FIRUS: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. 
  5. ^ a b "A Firus competitor". The Vancouver Sun. Canada.com. October 29, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d Walker, Elvin (June 5, 2011). "Firus attributes success to balance". Golden Skate. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Slater, Paula (September 7, 2014). "Fully recovered, Firus readies for new season". GoldenSkate.com. 
  8. ^ a b c d Spitale-Leisk, Maria (November 6, 2013). "North Van figure skater carving a path to Sochi". North Shore Outlook. Glacier Community Media. 
  9. ^ Prest, Andy (January 15, 2014). "Skate switch sets Firus on path to Olympic Games". North Shore News. Glacier Community Media. 
  10. ^ "Liam Firus, Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau withdraw from 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships". Skate Canada. March 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Liam FIRUS: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Liam FIRUS: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Liam FIRUS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Liam Firus: 2013/2014". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Liam FIRUS: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Liam FIRUS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Liam FIRUS: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 12, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "Competition Results: Liam FIRUS". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Liam Firus at Wikimedia Commons