(December 3, 2009 - TOKYO, Japan) – Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., are in second place after the original dance Thursday in the ice dance competition at the ISU Grand Prix figure skating final.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S., are in the lead with 65.80 points while Virtue and Moir followed with a season-best 64.01.  Both couples won gold at their two Grand Prix appearances this season.

“Tessa and I are pretty excited about the way we skated tonight,” Moir said. “There is still room for improvement in the next couple of months but this is a step up from our (earlier) Grand Prix performances.”

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France are third at 56.93 and Vanessa Crone of Aurora, Ont., and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., are sixth after a season best 51.69 score.  The Canadians were third and fourth in their circuit appearances this season.

In junior pairs after the short program, Kaleigh Hole of Virden, Man., and Adam Johnson of Chatham, Ont., in their first season together, are fourth at 47.00.  Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China lead at 56.80, Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran of Japan are second at 54.44 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia third at 48.90.

The top six skaters in the regular season Grand Prix standings qualified for the Grand Prix final.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

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