Record score achieved at ice carving contest

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A Canadian team of two brothers set a record score to win the seventh annual De Beers Inspired Ice International Ice Carving competition. Ross Baisas of Montreal and Tony Baisas of Ottawa scored 99.1 with their work, “Balance”.

Second place went to Americans Aaron Costic of Ohio and Matt Stoddart of Kentucky, who were just 3.37 points behind the record score.

This is the second year of a five-year, $150,000 commitment by De Beers Canada to the Long John Jamboree as the title sponsor of the Ice Carving Competition.

“Balance,” the winning carving, was a very realistic female figure with flowing hair and gown holding a balance scale in one hand and a sword in the other. It also captured the People’s Choice Award, voted on by spectators attending the Jamboree.