Moore-Towers and Marinaro sixth after short program at ISU Grand Prix Final

TORINO, Italy – Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro are in sixth place after Thursday’s pairs short program at the ISU Grand Prix Final in figure skating.

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China are first at 77.50 followed by Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia in second at 76.65 and their compatriots Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin in third at 75.16.

Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont.,  and Marinaro, of Sarnia, Ont., won silver medals at their two Grand Prix assignments this season. They totalled 67.08 on Thursday.

They opened with a strong triple twist lift before making two mistakes. Moore-Towers fell when tried to land the throw triple loop while her partner stepped out landing the side-by-side triple toe. They received strong level fours for three elements.

“Just some weird stuff tonight,” said Moore-Towers, in her first Grand Prix Final with Marinaro. “We can’t really explain it or understand it ourselves. We just hope to move on and start fresh in the free skate.”

The pairs free skate in on Friday. It will be preceded by the start of the ice dance event with the rhythm dance featuring Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto.

The competition features the top-six finishers overall on the Grand Prix circuit this fall.

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