Figure Skating

Canada's Virtue and Moir hold slim lead after short dance

The Canadian Press
10/26/2012 10:59:04 PM
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WINDSOR, Ont. -- Canada's Olympic and world ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lead by just .01 points in their short dance at Skate Canada International on Friday.

Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., scored 65.09 points for their program set to a waltz written by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Virtue, wearing a gauzy teal dress, and Moir, in a smart blue jacket and slacks, lost major marks for a messy lift -- the same one that kept Virtue and Moir out of a competition earlier this month in Finland when Moir injured his neck.

"It just didn't go as well as we'd been practising it," Moir said. "The transition wasn't very smooth and sometimes when you put a lift at two minutes and 45 seconds, that's the risk you take. It hasn't been like that at practice but it is a lift we've been thinking of changing anyways. It'll be interesting to see how much longer that lift lives."

Italy's Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte were second with 65.08 points, while Russians Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko were third with 55.80.

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., are fifth, while Toronto's Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill are eighth.

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