Moore-Towers, partner miss bronze by a bobble

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., collected their second medal this season on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit Saturday with a third place finish in the ice dance competition.

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France won the gold medal with 169.73 points. Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia overtook the Canadians for second spot finishing at 159.46 while Weaver and Poje earned 158.97. They were also third at Skate America two weeks ago.

Weaver and Poje delivered a passionate program to a piece called Humanity in Motion which featured a series of interesting and original manoeuvres that wowed the audience.

In pairs, Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto missed the podium by a mere 0.19 points placing fourth. Moore-Towers was battling the flu and they went into their long with some uncertainty.

Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China took the gold at 188.82, Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia were second at 183.53 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, also of Russia were third at 172.55. The Canadians scored 172.36.

‘’We skated well but a couple of bobbles cost us,’’ said Moscovitch, 27. ‘’We weren’t too sure how it would go with Kirsten feeling ill. But we wound up doing well on most of our elements. It’s a physically draining program with our jumps and throws in the second half of the routine.’’

On the men’s side, it was a 1-2 Japanese finish with Tatsuke Machida earning the gold and Daisuke Takahashi second. Sergei Voronov of Russia was third.

Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., gained one spot overall for fifth place. ‘’The presentation of the program was very strong but I definitely need to work on my jumps,’’ he said.

In women’s competition, two-time world champion Mao Asada of Japan was the winner with Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia second and Kiira Korpi of Finland third. Canadian champion Amélie Lacoste of Delson, Que., struggled in her long program but remained sixth overall.