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April 2020

Emily Bausback

Emily Bausback
Emily Bausback

Sport:

Figure Skating

Birthday:

July 24th, 2002

Place of Birth:

Vancouver, BC

Coach:

Joanne McLeod

Favourite Quote:

“You have to be odd to be number one” -Dr. Seuss

Career Highlights:

  • 2020 Canadian Champion
  • 2020 World Team Member
  • 2017 Canadian Junior Silver
  • 8x international competitor for Canada
  • 5x junior Grand Prix competitor

Bio

Emily Bausback began her experience on the international circuit at fourteen years old in Yokohama, Japan, where she placed tenth at her debut ISU Junior Grand Prix. Following her debut, Bausback competed in her second ISU Junior Grand Prix in Tallinn, Estonia, placing thirteenth. She then closed her 16/17 season with a silver medal in the junior category in the 2017 National Championships. The following season, Bausback competed in her third ISU Junior Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia, where she finished eleventh. Her 17/18 season abruptly ended with a fracture to her tibia and was forced to withdraw from her senior debut at the 2018 National Championships. During the 18/19 season, Bausback placed twelfth in her fourth ISU Junior Grand Prix in Kaunas, Lithuania, and finished tenth at her senior debut at the 2019 National Championships. Continuing on to her breakout 19/20 season, Bausback placed sixth at her fifth ISU Junior Grand Prix in Lake Placid, USA. She later competed in her international senior debut at the ISU CS Warsaw Cup in Warsaw, Poland.

Bausback placed sixth and held the highest seasonal international score in Canada. Bausback’s success in the season ranked her as one of the contenders for the National title in January. Seventeen year old Bausback was crowned the 2020 Senior Canadian Champion at the 2020 National Championships in Mississauga. She competed at the ISU Four Continents Championship placing fifteenth and Den Haag Challenge Cup placing eleventh. Bausback was named to the 2020 Canadian World Team and was set to compete in the World Championships in Montreal. Due to the recent uncertainties and precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Championships were cancelled.

Reason For Nomination

Emily Bausback was just crowned 2020 National Ladies Figure Skating Champion. She is the 1st woman in 47 years in BC since Karen Magunessen to win the title. She has been a Canadian Sport Institute Athlete for 5 years. She is currently the highest ranked Senior Ladies in the World. After being a member of Canada’s Next Gen Junior Development Team for 4 years, she just won a spot on Canada’s Senior National Figure Team. Has had 8 internationals for Canada. Bausback is only 17 years old and a leading candidate for the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

Q&A (MM)

How did you first get in to figure skating?

I got into figure skating through my “trial and error” sports experimental phase as a child. My father put me into ice skating when I was three and I loved it! I chose to further my development into figure skating shortly after, and never looked back!

What was it like being crowned the 2020 National Ladies Figure Skating Champion?

It was a crazy month, everything changed for me. Now that I am part of an elite group of Canadian champions, I feel so honoured and proud of myself and my team. I’m so relieved that my hard work all season paid off. Looking back it was pretty surreal, but now since my season is over I can finally enjoy the feeling!

Do you have any advice for athletes that are around your age with their sport journeys?

My advice is to focus on yourself because that is the only thing you can control and to always listen to your coach.

How do you balance your sport/life/school work load?

I go to school in the morning and train in the afternoon/evening. I do homework in my free time and on weekends I enjoy spending time outdoors with my friends and family.

What are you most looking forward to going into Worlds?

Unfortunately due to recent cancellations concerning COVID-19, I wasn’t able to compete at Worlds. I was looking forward to performing my programs to a huge crowd and being able to compete at a Worlds Championship in Montreal as the Canadian Champion. I was also really looking forward to walking the red carpet at the awards ceremony!

What is your favourite holiday and why?

My favourite holiday is Christmas because I love overall festivity of the city and attending family gatherings.