Team BC athletes are holding down top positions in the novice figure skating events after competition on Tuesday at the Canada Winter Games.
The dancing duo of Kiera Kam (Burnaby) and Matthew Carter (Langley) are tied for second place after the pattern dance. Emily Millard (North Vancouver) is in second place after the short program and Wesley Chiu (Richmond) is in first place after the short program.
"It definitely boosts my confidence, but puts more expectations and pressure on me for the free program," said Chiu, who is the reigning novice men's champion, about sitting in first place.
Chiu's program was created just two weeks ago and he skated it clean on Tuesday. After returning from the Bavarian Open earlier this month, where he won novice men's gold, they recreated a new short program. Chiu decided a week before he came to Red Deer that he would perform it for the first time at the Games.
Jennifer Utendale (White Rock) finished in fourth place in Special Olympics Level 2 women.
The pre-novice men, women and dance free programs take place on Wednesday.