Skating pairs shine on Four Continents

Skate-Canada-logoOSAKA, Japan – Canada finished 1-2 in pairs on Sunday (Feb. 10) with Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., earning the gold and Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharine sand Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto, the silver at the ISU Four Continents figure skating championships.

Olympic and world champions Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., added a silver in ice dancing.

In pairs, Duhamel and Radford were first with 199.18 points while Moore-Towers and Moscovitch posted the best score in the long program to remain second at 196.78. Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., were sixth.

Despite one mishap, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch delivered another satisfying performance.

‘’We are improving each time out and that’s what’s motivating us,’’ said Moore-Towers. ‘’Still it was disappointing to fall on the throw which possibly cost us the title. It’s an element of our program that we’ve had success with all season.’’

Canada and Japan ended the competition with four medals apiece although Canada had two gold compared to one for the Japanese.