World record for Virtue and Moir, top spot for Osmond after short programs

REGINA –  Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke their short dance world record and Kaetlyn Osmond leads the women’s event as the Skate Canada International figure skating competition got underway Friday.

In ice dancing, Virtue and Moir earned a world record 82.68 points. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., are second with 77.47, while Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are third at 76.08.

‘’It was a great short for us,’’ said Moir from Ilderton, Ont. ‘’We’ve been working hard on it technically. We felt we were both able to execute and get into the performance of the program.’’

Weaver and Poje were also solid.

‘’It was great to skate the short like we know we can,’’ said Weaver. ‘’Taking the ice after Tess and Scoot was a blessing in disguise because the energy was so high and we tried to feed off of that enthusiasm.’’

Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver are seventh.

In women’s competition, Osmond from Marystown, N.L., landed three triple jumps to win the short program with a personal-best score of 76.06 points. Anna Pogorilaya was second with 69.05, while Russian teammate Maria Sotskova scored 66.10 for third.

‘’It’s really exciting,’’ said Osmond. ‘’I’ve been working really hard on getting my short program focus on one element at a time and today I felt I did that really well.’’

Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., and Larkyn Austman of Coquitlam, B.C., are 11th and 12th.

In the men’s short program, Shoma Uno of Japan tops the field with 103.64 with Patrick Chan of Toronto second at 94.43 and Jason Brown of the U.S. third at 90.71.

Chan landed his quad then touched a hand down on his triple Axel. His preparations this week were disrupted when his costumes got lost in travel. They arrived today.

‘’There were mistakes here and there but I pulled it out,’’ said Chan. ‘’Considering everything that happened I’m happy with it.’’

Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., is fifth and Nicolas Nadeau of Boisbriand, Que., ninth.

In pairs, Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany are first after the short program with 77.34. Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., are second at 73.53 and Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France third at 73.04.

‘’We love this short program and we felt really good out there,’’ said Duhamel.

Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto are fifth and Sydney Kolodziej of Montreal and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., are eighth.

All four free skates are on Saturday.

Full results: ISU GP 2017 Skate Canada International

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