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Ana Cecilia Cantu

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Ana Cecilia Cantu
Cantu performing "Beetlejuice."
Personal information
Country representedMexico
Born (1985-09-14) September 14, 1985 (age 34)
Monterrey, Mexico
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 12 in)
CoachVladimir Petrenko, Edgar Beckley, Doris Beckley, Galina Zmievskaya
ChoreographerMark Hird, David Wilson
Skating clubIce Complex (Santa Catarina)
Training locationsSanta Catarina, Nuevo León, Mexico
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Simsbury, Connecticut, United States
Began skating1992
Retired2013?
ISU personal best scores
Combined total108.75
2009 Four Continents
Short program44.82
2009 Four Continents
Free skate65.63
2010 Four Continents

Ana Cecilia Cantu Felix (born September 14, 1985) is a Mexican former competitive figure skater. She is a four-time national champion (2002–2003, 2006-2007, 2007–2008, 2008–2009) and competed in the free skate at eight ISU Championships. She is the first and only Mexican to qualify to the final segment at the World Figure Skating Championships, having done so in 2009.

Personal life

Cantu was born on September 14, 1985, in Monterrey, Mexico.[1] She has a younger sister, Michele Cantu, who also competed internationally in figure skating.[2]

Career

Cantu began learning to skate in 1992.[1] In 2001, she began appearing on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

In the 2002–2003 season, Cantu trained in Monterrey and Simsbury, Connecticut, coached by Edgar Beckley and Doris Beckley.[3] She was assigned to represent Mexico at three ISU Championships – the 2003 Four Continents in Beijing, China; 2003 Junior Worlds in Ostrava, Czech Republic; and 2003 Worlds in Washington, D.C.. She qualified to the free skate in Beijing and finished 20th. At the event, Cantu's bag with her skates vanished after the short program but her teammate, Ingrid Roth, who had not advanced to the next segment, lent her own skates to Cantu.[3]

In the 2004–2005 season, Cantu was coached by the Beckleys and Steve More in Simsbury.[4] She placed 22nd at the 2005 Four Continents Championships in Gangneung, South Korea. The following four seasons, she trained in Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, Mexico, and in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, coached by Richard O'Neill.[5][6][7][8] She ranked 18th at the 2006 Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

At the 2009 World Championships in Los Angeles, Cantu qualified to the final segment by placing 24th in the short program. She became the first Mexican to reach the free skate in the event's history.

Her programs were choreographed by David Wilson, Mark Hird, Michele Cantu and Shawn Sawyer. During her last season as a single skater, she was coached by Vladimir Petrenko[1] and trained at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury and at the Ice Complex in Santa Catarina.

Cantu is the creator of the sit spin variation called AC-Sit. She founded, participated in, and coached the first synchronized skating team that represented Mexico in a World Synchronized Skating Championships, in 2013.

Programs

Season Short program Free skating
2009–2010
[1]
2008–2009
[8]
  • OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
    by Ludovic Bource
2007–2008
[7]
  • Get Ready For This
    by 2 Unlimited
    choreo. by Mark Hird
  • Beetlejuice
    by Danny Elfman
2006–2007
[7]
  • Get Ready For This
    by 2 Unlimited
    choreo. by Mark Hird
2005–2006
[5]
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1
2004–2005
[4]
  • Pachelbel's Canon
    by Johann Pachebel
2002–2003
[3]
2001–2002
[9]
  • Victor/Victoria
    by Henry Mancini
  • Twentieth Century Overture

Results

National[10]
Event 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 12–13
Worlds 39th 42nd 24th 42nd
Four Continents 20th 22nd 18th 17th 18th 17th 17th
Merano Cup 5th
Nebelhorn Trophy 18th 18th 22nd
U.S. Classic 13th
International: Junior[10]
Junior Worlds 37th
Germany 18th
Sweden 24th
United States 14th
National[10]
Mexican Champ. 2nd J 2nd J 2nd J 1st J 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 1st
J = Junior level; JGP = Junior Grand Prix

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Ana Cecilia CANTU: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 18, 2010.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ Mittan, Barry (November 10, 2006). "Lady from Monterrey". SkateToday.
  3. ^ a b c "Ana Cecilia CANTU: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 22, 2003.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  4. ^ a b "Ana Cecilia CANTU: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 25, 2005.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ a b "Ana Cecilia CANTU: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "Ana Cecilia CANTU: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 26, 2007.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ a b c "Ana Cecilia CANTU: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 14, 2008.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  8. ^ a b "Ana Cecilia CANTU: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  9. ^ "Ana Cecilia CANTU: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 12, 2002.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  10. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Ana Cecilia CANTU". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 13, 2016.
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