Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno add silver
(January 29, 2010 - JEONJU, South Korea) – Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., earned their first career victory on Friday with a golden performance in ice dancing at the ISU Four Continents figure skating competition.
Weaver and Poje, skating to music from Phantom of the Opera, earned a season best free dance score and finished with 166.16 points. Allie Hann-McCurdy of Nanaimo, B.C., and Michael Coreno of Delhi, Ont., followed for the silver medal at 159.56, for their best score this season. Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell of the U.S., were third at 154.20.
“We wanted to make sure we finished strong because this was probably the last time we’ll skate this program,” Poje said. “We showed a lot of fluidity and our transitions were seamless. Every movement flowed into one another.”
The winning couple experienced a distraction while competing when Weaver’s pearl necklace unhooked in the first 30 seconds. Weaver held the necklace in her hand then calmly slipped it into her dress.
“I was panicking initially,” said Weaver. “I didn’t know what to do and I whispered to Andrew what to do. He said throw it but I never got the chance. I just hoped it wouldn’t fall to the ice. I held it in my hand for the twizzles then put it in my dress just before going into the spin.”
Hann-McCurdy and Coreno, in their seventh year together, also reached new heights with their first career international medal.
“It’s amazing,” said Coreno. “We’ve been through quite a bit. It’s nice to accomplish this in our last event of the season. The free dance tonight is a character-oriented piece and it really showed our personalities. We just had a great time out there.”
Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill of Toronto were sixth.
In women’s singles, Mao Asada led Japan to a 1-2 finish with Akiko Suzuki second and Caroline Zhang of the U.S., third.
Amélie Lacoste of Delson, Que., was seventh with a personal best free skate score, Myriane Samson of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., eighth and Diane Szmiett of Watford, Ont., 10th.
Competition ends Saturday with the men’s free skate. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., stands first after Thursday’s short program.
The competition is being carried live at www.skatebuzz.com, www.cbc.ca and CBC Bold.
For more information visit: www.isu.org