Virtue and Moir take silver, Chan wins bronze at ISU Grand Prix Final

Dec 8, 2012

By Louis Daignault , Skatebuzz

SOCHI, Russia – Ice dancers Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., earned silver and Patrick Chan of Toronto added a bronze on Saturday at the ISU Grand Prix Final in figure skating.

Davis and White totalled 183.39 points for their ninth consecutive victory on the Grand Prix circuit. Virtue and Moir, the reigning world and Olympic champs, followed closely at 179.83 performing their Carmen Suite. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France were third at 170.18.

“It was a great skate for us,” said Virtue. “We had to fight through it but that’s not surprising considering the intensity of the competition. We are where we want to be at this point and we just have to go home and fine tune the program. There’s a lot of room to grow.”

Moir also expects the couple to be much stronger in the upcoming months.

“It’s a great set-up for the rest of the season,” said Moir. “It caps a very successful Grand Prix year for us. We learned a lot at every competition. We felt like we were able to perform well which is a huge boost going into the New Year. We’ll be looking to climb back in here and take a couple of championships in the spring.”

In men’s singles, Japan finished 1-2 with Daisuke Takahashi earning the gold at 269.40 and Yuzuru Hanyu the silver at 264.29. Chan, the reigning world champion, took the bronze at 258.66 to complete a perfect medal set for the 2012 Grand Prix season.

Chan fell on his initial quad, which was to be a combination with a triple toe-loop.

“I was disappointed with my skate but you win some, you lose some,” said Chan, the two-time defending Grand Prix Final champion. “This biggest thing I learned is not to hold back and really attack the program. I needed to have the sense of eagerness I had earlier this year.”

In pairs, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia were the winners. Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., were fourth at 187.09. Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto were fifth at 180.45.

“That was one of our strongest long programs this year,” said Duhamel. “The throws were a lot cleaner, the twist was great and the side-by-side Lutz was good. We took the time to perform the program well. Unfortunately we had one major error that was costly.”

“It was a bit shaky we both didn’t feel as solid today,” said Moore-Towers about her long program with Moscovitch. “The performance was good and now we need to put all the elements in perfectly. At this point in the season we’re right where we need to be.”

In junior pairs, Russia swept the medals with Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin earning the gold.

Margaret Purdy of Strathroy, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., second after the short program dropped to fourth overall while Brittany Jones of Toronto and Ian Beharry of Guelph, Ont., remained sixth.

“I thought we performed it well to the audience and did some really good throws and lifts and didn’t give up on the program,” said Purdy. “This was a huge learning experience for us. It was our first Grand Prix Final and it’s really going to help us move into the senior level next season.”

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