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CANADA SENDS FIVE ENTRIES TO ISU GP FINAL

The 2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will be hosted by Fukuoka, Japan December 5-8, 2013. Nine Canadians will compete against the top figure skaters from the Grand Prix Series.

The ISU Grand Prix Final is the concluding event of the circuit, which hosts six events: USA (Skate America), CAN (Skate Canada International), CHN (Cup of China), JPN (NHK Trophy), FRA (Trophee Eric Bombard) and RUS (Rostelecom Cup). Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their assigned events. The top six in each of the disciplines advance to the Final.

Patrick Chan, three time defending World Champion, qualified in first place for the men’s division after winning gold at Skate Canada International and Trophee Eric Bombard. The 22 year-old from Toronto set a record for the new highest score in the Short Program (98.52), the Free Skate (154.66) and total score (237.71) at the earlier GP competition in France. Chan trains in Detroit, MI with Kathy Johnson.

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 21, and Dylan Moscovitch, 29, qualified fourth in pairs. The Ontario trained team won silver at Skate America and bronze at the Rostelecom Cup. They are coached by former Canadian champions, Kris and Kristy Wirtz, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.

Meagan Duhamel, 27, and Eric Radford, 28, qualified fifth in pairs. They won bronze at Skate Canada and silver at Trophee Eric Bombard. Their short program is original music written by Radford and dedicated to his former coach, the late Paul Wirtz. The team is coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte at CPA Saint-Leonard.

Tessa Virtue, 24, and Scott Moir, 26, will be Canada’s first entry in ice dance, having qualified second. The 2010 Olympic Champions won gold at both their ISU GP assignments this season, Skate America International and Trophee Eric Bombard. Virtue and Moir train at the Artic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, MI with Marina Zoueva, Johnny Johns, and Oleg Epstein.

Kaitlyn Weaver, 24, and Andrew Poje, 26, Waterloo, Ont., qualified fifth in ice dance. The team won silver at both Skate Canada and the Rostelecom Cup. They are coached by Pasquale Camerlengo and Angelika Krylova at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

For results and full entries, please visit www.isu.org or www.gpf2013japan.jp/eng/

 

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