Canadians in medal position at ISU Grand Prix

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November 22, 2013, MOSCOW (ISN) – Kailtin Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., are in second place and Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto stand third in pairs after Friday’s short programs at the Rostelecom Cup ISU Grand Prix figure skating competition.

In ice dancing, Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia are first at 68.42, Weaver and Poje follow at 61.50 and Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilian Tkachenko of Russia are third at 58.59. The Canadians produced level-four twizzles in their dance to “42nd Street”, but their Finnstep pattern garnered only a level two and one and their curve lift was a level two.

“After we completed our program we were happy,” said Weaver. “It was clean and it felt comfortable. When the score came up though we were a bit confused. But it means we have to go back and make the program even more bullet-proof.”

Poje says the couple will analyze its technical elements.

“We missed some technical points and we need to refine those,” he said. “But we improved overall and really captured the essence of the program.”

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto stand sixth.

In pairs, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany lead with 73.25, Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia stand second at 69.72 and Moore-Towers and Moscovitch are third at 65.65.

The Canadians were coming off two strong performances this season including a silver medal at the season opening Grand Prix event in Detroit. On Friday, Moore-Towers/Moscovitch completed a triple twist and throw triple loop, but he fell on the triple toe.

“I don’t think we missed a jump all week in training,” said Moscovitch. “But we picked ourselves up and a had strong finish to the program. We’ve got some ground to make up in the long and that’s going to be our next challenge.”

Canada has no entries in men’s or women’s competition.

The free programs are on Saturday.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/gprus2013/ 

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