Nicolas Nadeau

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Nicolas Nadeau
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Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (1997-09-30) September 30, 1997 (age 24)
Montreal, Quebec
Home townBoisbriand, Quebec
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
PartnerEmma Proft
CoachYvan Desjardins
ChoreographerShae-Lynn Bourne, Mark Pillay
Former choreographerSylvain Bouillere
Skating clubPatinage des Mille-Îles
Former skating clubCPA Boisbriand
Training locationsRosemere, Quebec
Began skating2003
ISU personal best scores
Combined total227.76
2018 CS Finlandia Trophy
Short program79.17
2018 CS Finlandia Trophy
Free skate148.59
2018 CS Finlandia Trophy
Medal record

Nicolas Nadeau (born September 30, 1997) is a Canadian competitive figure skater. As a singles skater, he is the 2016 World Junior silver medalist and the 2015 Canadian national junior champion.

Personal life[edit]

Nadeau was born on September 30, 1997, in Montreal, Quebec.[1] He has three older sisters – Tania, Pamela, and Mélissa. He enjoys skiing in addition to figure skating.


Early years[edit]

Nadeau began learning to skate in 2003.[1] He is coached by Yvan Desjardins since summer 2004.[2] Competing on the junior level, Nadeau placed sixth at the 2013 Canadian Championships and fourth in 2014.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Nadeau made his international debut in the 2014–2015 season, being selected to compete on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series. He placed fifth at his first JGP event, in Aichi, Japan, and tenth in Zagreb, Croatia. He became the national junior champion at the 2015 Canadian Championships in Kingston, Ontario. This earned him a berth to the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia but he missed qualifying for the free skate by one spot, having placed 25th in the short program.[3]

2015–2016 season[edit]

In 2015–2016, Nadeau started his season at the JGP in Riga, Latvia; he finished fifth after placing second in the short program and seventh in the free skate. He won the silver medal at his second JGP event, in Zagreb, Croatia, finishing 0.38 points behind the gold medalist, Alexander Samarin.

In January 2016, Nadeau placed fifth on the senior level at the 2016 Canadian Nationals and was given Canada's sole spot in men's singles at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Competing in March at Junior Worlds, he qualified for the final segment by placing eighth in the short program and second in the free skate, winning the silver medal overall.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Nadeau withdrew from his JGP assignments due to an ankle injury, which occurred while practicing a quad toe loop jump and took about three months to heal.[4] He returned to competition at the 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb, his first senior international, and finished 11th. At the 2017 Canadian Championships, he placed fifth in the short program, third in the free skate, and fourth overall.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Nadeau began his season at the 2017 Nepela Trophy, where he placed sixth. He then made his debut appearance on the senior Grand Prix at the 2017 Skate Canada International, where he placed seventh. At the 2018 Canadian Championships, he placed ninth.

2018–2019 season[edit]

Beginning the season at the 2018 Finlandia Trophy, Nadeau placed fourth, less than four points behind from bronze medalist Morisi Kvitelashvili. Nadeau said that he needed to work on executing the one quadruple jump in his free skate.[5] He subsequently competed in the short program at his lone Grand Prix assignment for the year, the 2018 Internationaux de France, but withdrew for medical reasons.

At the 2019 Canadian Championships, Nadeau placed seventh in the short program after singling his triple Axel attempt and receiving a negative Grade of Execution on his quadruple toe loop. He rallied in the free skate, where he placed fourth, and moved up to sixth place overall. While he finished sixth overall, three of the skaters who finished ahead of him (Stephen Gogolev, Joseph Phan and Conrad Orzel) were ineligible to compete as seniors due to either their age or a lack of the required minimum technical scores, and consequently Nadeau was named to Canada's team for the 2019 Four Continents Championships, when he finished eleventh.[6]

2019–2020 season[edit]

After withdrawing from the 2019 CS U.S. Classic, Nadeau competed on the Grand Prix at the 2019 Skate Canada International. Eighth in the short program with a clean skate but for a problematic landing on his triple loop, he rose to seventh overall after a sixth-place free skate.[7][8] He was seventh as well at the 2019 Internationaux de France.[9]

Nadeau placed fifth at the 2020 Canadian Championships.[10]

2020–2021 season[edit]

Nadeau was assigned to compete at the 2020 Skate Canada International, but the event was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.[11]

With the pandemic continuing to make it difficult to hold in-person events, the 2021 Skate Canada Challenge was held virtually, and Nadeau placed sixth. The 2021 Canadian Championships were cancelled.[12][13]

On August 25, 2021, Nadeau announced that he would be retiring from singles skating in order to take up pair skating with partner Emma Proft.[14]

Skating technique[edit]

Unlike most skaters, Nadeau jumps and spins clockwise.


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Don't Fall in Love
    by Wake Child
    choreo. by Mark Pillay
  • Don't Fall in Love
    by Wake Child
    choreo. by Mark Pillay

Elvis Presley medley:


Elvis Presley medley:

  • For Me, Formidable
    by Charles Aznavour
    choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
  • Je m'voyais déjà
    by Charles Aznavour
  • Mary Poppins
    by Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman
    • A Spoonful of Sugar
    • One Man Band
    • Pavement Artist
    • Chim Chim Cher-ee
    • Overture
      choreo. by Sylvain Bouillere

Competitive highlights[edit]

Singles career[edit]

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

Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20 20–21
Four Continents 11th
GP France WD 7th
GP Skate Canada 7th 7th C
CS Finlandia Trophy 4th
CS Golden Spin 11th
CS Nepela Trophy 6th
CS U.S. Classic WD
International: Junior[22]
Junior Worlds 25th 2nd 12th
JGP Croatia 10th 2nd
JGP Japan 5th
JGP Latvia 5th
Bavarian Open 1st
Canadian Champ. 6th J 4th J 1st J 5th 4th 9th 6th 5th C
SC Challenge 2nd J. 1st 2nd 4th 6th
Quebec Sectionals 2nd
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew; C = Event cancelled
J = Junior level

Detailed results[edit]

Singles career[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2020–2021 season
Date Event SP FS Total
8–17 January 2021 2021 Skate Canada Challenge 6
2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
13–19 January 2020 2020 Canadian Championships 6
November 1–3 2019 2019 Internationaux de France 9
25–27 October 2019 2019 Skate Canada International 8
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 7–10, 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 11
January 14–20, 2019 2019 Canadian National Championships 7
23–25 November 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 11


4–7 October 2018 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 4
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 8–14, 2018 2018 Canadian Championships 6
27–29 October 2017 2017 Skate Canada International 9
21–23 September 2017 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 8


  1. ^ a b c "Nicolas NADEAU: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Haspeck, Josianne (November 10, 2011). "Nicolas Nadeau parmi les vedettes sur patins" [Nicolas Nadeau among the skating stars]. Nord Info et Voix des Mille-Iles (in French).
  3. ^ Slater, Paula (September 10, 2015). "Canada's Nadeau ready for senior challenge". Golden Skate.
  4. ^ a b Smith, Beverley (January 26, 2017). "Nicolas Nadeau and his Blue Suede Shoes".
  5. ^ "Moore-Towers and Marinaro win free, take silver at Finlandia Open". The Canadian Press. October 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Curley, Sean (January 20, 2019). "In 'game mode,' Nguyen captures second Canadian title". Golden Skate.
  7. ^ Slater, Paula (October 26, 2019). "Japan's Yuzuru front-runner at 2019 Skate Canada". Golden Skate.
  8. ^ Slater, Paula (October 27, 2019). "Hanyu takes first Skate Canada gold in Kelowna". Golden Skate.
  9. ^ Slater, Paula (November 2, 2019). "USA's Chen defends Grand Prix title in France; earns ticket to Final". Golden Skate.
  10. ^ Slater, Paula (January 19, 2020). "Roman Sadovsky leaps to Canadian National title". Golden Skate.
  11. ^ "Skate Canada International in Ottawa cancelled as COVID-19 cases rise". CBC Sports. October 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Ewing, Lori (January 17, 2021). "Roman Sadovsky wins the Challenge, his only event of the figure skating season". The Toronto Star.
  13. ^ "2021 Skate Canada Challenge – Results". Skate Canada.
  14. ^ Nadeau, Nicolas (August 25, 2021). "Throwing Emma (and I) into something new! I've decided to retire from singles and try out pairs! Thank you to Skate Canada and Patinage Quebec for all the suport over the years!" (Instagram).
  15. ^ "Nicolas NADEAU: 2020/2021". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 27, 2020.
  16. ^ "Nicolas NADEAU: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 31, 2019.
  17. ^ "Nicolas NADEAU: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018.
  18. ^ ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2017 Skate Canada International - Gala Exhibition (Television production). Eurosport. October 29, 2017.
  19. ^ "Nicolas NADEAU: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017.
  20. ^ "Nicolas NADEAU: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016.
  21. ^ "Nicolas NADEAU: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015.
  22. ^ a b "Competition Results: Nicolas NADEAU". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 8, 2018.
  23. ^ "Nicolas Nadeau". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on October 8, 2018.
  24. ^ Nicolas Nadeau at Patinage Québec

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