Stamford Ice Skater Disappointed After Short Dance At Sochi Olympics

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Stamford skater Siobhan Heekin-Canedy, right, with ice dance partner Dmitri Dun, skated for Ukraine in the Winter Olympics. Photo Credit: Flickr user Luu

STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford resident Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and her partner, Dmitri Dun, who skate for Ukraine, did not reach the finals of the ice dance competition Sunday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

Heekin-Canedy and Dun came in 24th of 24 teams in the Short Dance, the opening round of the competition held Sunday. They scored 41.90 points, well off their personal best of 59.20 points from last year's World Championships. 

The Ukrainian team was 7 points out of 23rd and nearly 37 points behind the leaders, reigning world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States. 

Heekin-Canedy and Dun's Short Dance was a combination of a quickstep to "That Man" by Caro Emerald, a foxtrot to "Speaking of Happiness" by Gloria Lynne and a Charleston to "Pigalle" by Patricia Kaes.

They will not compete in the second round of ice dancing -- the Free Dance -- on Monday. 

Heekin-Canedy, 22, and Dun, 24, also skated in the new Team Event at the Sochi Olympics, as part of the team from Ukraine. In that event last week, they scored 49.19 points in their short dance, more than 7 points more than in the individual event. They came in ninth out of the 10 ice dance pairs competing in the team event. Ukraine finished ninth out of 10 teams, failing to reach the final round.

The gold medal in that event went to Russia, the silver to Canada and the bronze to the United States. 

The ice-dancing team of Heekin-Canedy and Dun are the three-time Ukrainian national championships in ice dance.

She was born in Beverly Hills, Calif., and grew up in Stamford. Heekin-Canedy and Dun, who have been a team since 2011, train in Hackensack, N.J.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Heekin-Canedy said she began competing for Ukraine because she needed a partner.

"As you can imagine, most boys play hockey in the U.S.," Heekin-Canedy told the Wall Street Journal. "They don't want to figure skate." 

But she has come to embrace her adopted nation and finally got her Ukrainian citizenship, a prerequisite for Olympic competition, two months ago.

"I feel strongly that we're representing the Ukrainian people as a whole," Heekin-Canedy said. "No matter what their opinion or politics, we're here to represent the whole country."

Heekin-Canedy was raised in Stamford and attended Greenwich Catholic School. Her father is Scott Heekin-Canedy, a former executive at The New York Times.

Read the full interview with the Wall Street Journal here

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