Hats entertainment for Moscovitch siblings

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

Dylan Moscovitch set a high standard for championship headgear yesterday at the Civic Centre.

One that likely won't be topped.

Sitting next to his younger sister Kyra as they awaited their marks following their junior pairs free program, Moscovitch decided to play it up for the crowd. He donned a purple velour contraption, which his sister would later describe as "a pimp hat."

The Moscovitch siblings from North York had reason to celebrate after capturing the junior pairs title at the Canadian figure skating championships.

"Everything felt great," Dylan said after scoring the highest mark in the free skate to vault from third after the short program to first.

"Our training paid off,'' he said. ''That program just rolled from one element to the next, and it was quite a fun ride."

The celebration also included large Elton John-style glasses and a championship wrestling belt they scooped off the ice after their presentation.

Fellow members of the Thornhill Skating Club have begun a tradition to toss what he calls "ridiculous" objects onto the ice after watching their peers' performances.

"We're trying to get over the top, just for fun," he said.

The Moscovitch siblings scored 134.45 combined points to place ahead of Rachel Kirkland of Thornhill and Eric Radford of North York (132.91), and Taylor Steele of Sarnia and Robert Paxton of Midhurst (131.97).

The Moscovitch team began skating together nearly three years ago, at the suggestion of Kyra, who is nine years younger than her 21-year-old brother. He's the oldest of four siblings. She's the youngest.

"There were quite a few pairs teams at our school at the time, and we decided, why not?" Dylan said. "We just thought to try some skating together for some fun and see what it looks like."

They liked what they saw and decided to keep it going.

"We get along really well," said Kyra. "There's a big enough age difference that we don't fight about much anyway."

Her brother agreed.

"We're a good team because we understand each other very well," he said.

BILLY THE KID: Maxime-Billy Fortin had the crowd moving to a different groove yesterday. Performing to a "hip-hop" sound written specifically for his program by choreographer Ryan Foley, the 19-year-old from Quebec City received a standing ovation following his short program. "I told him that to get a standing ovation at his first nationals in senior, you couldn't really ask for anything more," said coach Ghislain Briand. The crowd's reaction surprised Fortin. "I'm just really happy and there's no words to it," he said. "I'm really honoured about that." Fortin fell once, but recovered and seemed to gain strength from the crowd which applauded his robot-like and funky movements. The audience jeered when his mark of 51.71 appeared on the scoreboard, placing him third after a dozen skaters. He eventually dropped to 14th with 72.96 points after the qualifying round and the short, with the free program upcoming tonight.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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