Canada moves into second at ISU World Team Championships

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Louis Daignault

April 12, 2013, Tokyo, Japan (ISN) – Second place finishes in men’s, pairs and ice dancing have moved Canada from fourth to second overall on Friday at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition.

The U.S., is now first overall with 55 points, followed by Canada at 50 and Japan, the leader after the first day, third at 48. Russia is fourth at 42, France fifth at 35 and China sixth with 32.

The team event will be on the Olympic program for the first time next year in Sochi.

In men’s competition, Daisuke Takahashi of Japan placed first with 249.52 points for his short program Thursday and long program Friday. Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Toronto took second at 240.21 and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., produced the second best long program of the day to leap from ninth to third overall at 237.65.

“I didn’t have my best skate today, but as soon as I came off, my teammates were right there, encouraging me, and that’s what makes this event so special,” said Chan, the team captain.

“I’m so proud of all our team members today. Kevin really made the difference for us and helped us make up ground from day one. Everyone stayed positive and we ended off on a good note.”

First place is worth 12 points for a country, second place 11, third place 10 and so on.

”I was very relieved the close out the season with a strong performance,” said Reynolds. ”I was able to fight back and believe in myself and my training.”

In ice dancing, the top-three remained unchanged after the free dance with Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S., first at 164.91, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., second at 160.08 and Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin of Russia third at 149.27.

”It was a good challenge for us to finish the year off strong,” said Weaver celebrating her 24th birthday. ”After worlds we had to get back into rhythm of competition. We weren’t at our best here but it was a great way to cap the season.”

The short program was held in pairs and Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., are second at 69.94. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia lead at 74.41.

”The way we performed today was beyond our expectations we are so happy to end our La Bohême program with that performance,” said Radford.

Competition ends Saturday with the free skates for women and pairs. Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Nfld., and Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., were seventh and 12th after Thursday’s women’s short program.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/wtt2013/

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