Canada’s Osmond, Virtue/Moir capture Skate Canada gold
REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir added another world best to their sensational return to ice dancing.
Canada’s Olympic gold and silver medalists won Skate Canada on Saturday, scoring 199.86 points to top their previous world mark of 198.62 set in winning the world championships last spring. Virtue and Moir haven’t lost a competition since they launched their comeback a year ago.
Skating to music from ”Moulin Rouge,” Virtue and Moir brought the Brandt Centre crowd to its feet in what was their final appearance at the event. The two said they’ll likely retire after the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje were second with 190.01 points, while Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were third with 189.43.
World silver winner Kaetlyn Osmond won the women’s singles title. The 21-year-old Canadian thrilled the crowd with her program to ”Black Swan.” Osmond stumbled out of a triple toe loop then fell on a double axel late in the program, but scored 212.91 points for the victory.
”It’s a great starting point; score-wise I’m where I was at the Grand Prix Final last year, so I’m a couple of months ahead this year, and hopefully it will keep growing,” said Osmond, who took a seven-point lead into the long program.
Russia’s Maria Sotskova scored 192.52 points for second, while American Ashley Wagner, who was seventh after the short program, climbed up to bronze with 183.94.
Shoma Uno of Japan won the men’s title with 301.10, while American Jason Brown was second at 261.14, and Russia’s Alexander Samarin won bronze with 250.06. Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada had a disastrous night, falling from second place to fourth.
The pairs free skates were to follow Saturday night.
Skate Canada is the second event of the Grand Prix series, the major tuneup for the Pyeongchang Olympics.