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Nam Nguyen, 13-year old Canadian Skating Phenom

 ”A lot of people have already anointed the Little Big Man, Burnaby’s Nam Nguyen, as the next great Canadian skater”, writes London Free Press reporter Steve Buffery.  Seen in this amateur video, he is skating at __ in Moncton, New Brunswick Canada, representing his home terittory of British Columbia.

This is his first year competing with seniors. He won the Junior Canadian champion in 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007 and won third place in the ISU junior grand prix 2011.  At the 2011 Juniors, he was the youngest man ever to win that title, being 12-years old.  He’s now reached 13-years old and is competing with the Seniors.

For those not familiar with this competion,  Wikipedia indicates just how big of a deal it is.

The 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships are a figure skating competition during the 2011–2012 season. The event determines the national champions of Canada and is organized by Skate Canada, the nation’s figure skating governing body.

Skaters will compete at the senior, junior, and novice levels in the disciplines of men’s singles, women’s singles, pair skating, and ice dance. …  .

The senior competition will be held from January 16 to 22, 2012 at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick.  The results of this competition are among the selection criteria for the 2012 Four Continents, the 2012 Junior Worlds, and the 2012 World Championships.

The defending men’s singles champion is Patrick Chan, who appears to be in the lead at the time of posting.  For more on skating by Canadian or other western men of Asian ancestry, click here.

For story by STEVE BUFFERY, see Waiting on the next Patrick Chan | Other Sports | Sports | London Free Press

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