Canadian skaters know they have homework


Skate-Canada-logoFUKUOKA, Japan – Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and partner Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto finished sixth in pairs at the ISU Grand Prix Final on Saturday (Dec. 7).

Moore-Towers and Moscovitch had trouble with their side-by-side jumps and spins.

“We’ll take our performances here and work on improving ourselves at home ,” said Moore-Towers. “Despite the mistakes we kept fighting and didn’t let things go.”

Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., were fifth in the event and like Moore-Towers and Moscovitch struggled with their side-by-side jumps and spins. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany won the gold medal with Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia second and Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China in third.

Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., were edged out by Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White for top spot in record performances Saturday in ice dancing at the Grand Prix.

The exciting competition set the stage for what should be one of the great figure skating battles at the upcoming Olympic Games.

Davis and White, the current world champions, earned 191.35 points while Virtue and Moir, the Olympic champs, finished at 190.00. They are the two highest scores ever in the event. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France were third at 169.11.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., dropped from fourth to fifth overall after the free dance.

On Friday, Patrick Chan of Toronto won the silver medal in men’s competition.

The final competitive event for the Canadian entries here before the Olympic Winter Games will be the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. That event takes place at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Jan. 9-12.