(November 13, 2009 - LAKE PLACID, N.Y.) – Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Craig Buntin of Kelowna, B.C., delivered a satisfying short program on Friday to stand third in pairs at Skate America, the fifth stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Two-time world champions Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China raised the bar early as they skated first and produced a season best 74.36 points for first spot.  Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov of Ukraine were second at 61.70 and Duhamel and Buntin, followed at 59.64, more than three points better than their score at the Grand Prix stop in Beijing two weeks ago.

“We were all very pleased with the performance,” said Duhamel and Buntin’s coach Richard Gauthier.  “The practices were strong all week and now they feel they are headed in the right direction.  Tonight they not only executed the elements but the whole program came together and it showed in the results.”

Shawn Sawyer of Edmunston, N.B., is fifth in men’s singles after the short program less than six points out of third spot.  Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., stands 10th.  Evan Lysacek of the U.S., is first, Florant Amidio of France second and Brandon Mroz of the U.S., third.

The long programs in pairs and men’s singles are both on Saturday.

The competition is being carried live at www.skatebuzz.com

For more information visit: www.isu.org

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