THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Diane Ogibowski, of Minnedosa, Man., has launched her first year of senior competition with a bronze medal in the women's event of the Ennia Cup figure skating competition.
The 16-year-old Canadian junior champion placed third with 4.2 points in her freeskating program Friday to maintain the third-place position she acquired Wednesday after her short program.
East German Katherina Witt, ranked fifth in the world, claimed first place by outskating American Elaine Ziyak, currently ranked second in the world. Witt acquired only 1.4 points after skating both short and long programs. Ziyak finished with 2.8 points.
Kerry Smith, of Calgary, placed fourth with 6.0 points. Smith, who won the Prague Skate competition last week, had been fifth after Wednesday's short program.
After winning the bronze medal, Ogibowski said 'my third year feels like a first. Third (place) to lousy skaters makes you feel awful. But I'm proud and honored to be third to Witt and Ziyak because they are world-class skaters.
'This is only my first year of senior competition,' she said. 'I'm here to watch and learn and develop my own style of skating.'
The Ennia Cup women's event was contested by 22 skaters from 17 countries. Unlike most international competitions, the Ennia Cup does not include compulsory figures.
In the ice-dancing event after the original set pattern dance, the American pair of Carol Fox and Richard Dalley were first with 0.4 points. A Czechoslovakian pair, Jana Berankova and Jan Bartak, have 0.8 points for second place.
Tracey Wilson, 20, of Port Moody, British Columbia, and Robert McCall, 23, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, were third with 1.2 points. Joanne French, 22, of Toronto, and John Thomas, 21, of Brampton, Ontario, placed fourth with 1.6 points.
There were 18 ice-dancing pairs from 13 countries in the competition.
The ice dancing and men's finals will be held tonight.
After the men's short program Thursday, 20-year-old Dennis Coi, of Vancouver, British Columbia, was third and Neil Paterson, 17, also of Vancouver, was fourth.