Skating silver medal needs polish, says Moore-Towers

MIYAGI, Japan – Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto won the silver medal on Sunday (Nov. 25) in pairs to conclude the NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix figure skating competition.

Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia took the gold with 192.02 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed with a personal best 180.63 and Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the U.S., were third at 174.51.

“It wasn’t a totally satisfying skate,” said Moscovitch. “It was all around a bit rough but we fought through it. We need to go back to the drawing board a little bit to be able to translate the quality of our programs in the competition. Still, we are very happy with the outcome.”

With the medal performance, the Canadians also qualify for the ISU Grand Prix Final next month in Sochi, Russia, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It will be their second Grand Prix final appearance.

“It’s great we’re going to have another crack at this program in Sochi because I’m still a little hung up about today’s performance,” said Moore-Towers. “Everything is there for us. We just need to be thinking about skating for us and not about numbers and placements. Just focus on what we do every day.”

It was the fifth career Grand Prix medal for Moore-Towers and Moscovitch.