Skating Notebook

RYAN PYETTE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

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Today's schedule

Senior women short program, 9:55 a.m.

Joannie Rochette starts the hunt for a sixth straight national title, which would tie Jennifer Robinson. Her first win came on this ice. She's come full circle before the Vancouver Olympics.

Senior pair short program, 12:55 p.m.

Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison have two Canadian titles (2007, 2009). Those alternate with two second-place finishes. They're looking for their first back-to-backs at nationals.

Senior original dance, 4:55 p.m.

London's Tessa Virtue and Ilderton's Scott Moir try to bring down the house again. This is Round 2 of 3 for the dance favourites seeking a third straight national crown.

Senior men short program, 7:25 p.m.

All eyes will be on defending champ Patrick Chan. Will he be ready for Vancouver? Is the split with coach Don Laws a distraction? He can ease concerns.

BOURNE TO COACH

Former ice dance star Shae-Lynn Bourne could wield some heavy influence on the Olympic team. The Chatham native coaches dance hopefuls Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. She is one of Joannie Rochette's choreographers and also teamed up with former rivals Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe to help the creative vision for Kevin Reynolds. It could be a Bourne Triple Crown bound for Vancouver.

KEEPING SCORE

If you're scoring at the rink or at home, here's the benchmark scores considered "phenomenal," in each category: Women -- 130-plus points (free skate) and 190-plus points (overall total); Men -- 155 and 235; Pairs -- 130 and 200; Ice dance -- 100 (free dance) and 200 (total). Skate Canada has cut the number of competitors at senior nationals to 18 men, 18 women, 12 pairs and 15 dance teams.

PAIRS SWAP

Five years ago, the Canadian pairs landscape looked a lot different in London. Craig Buntin won nationals here with Valerie Marcoux. Now he's skating with Meagan Duhamel, who was teamed with Ryan Arnold then. Anabelle Langlois, currently with Cody Hay, finished third with Patrice Archetto a half-decade ago. John Mattatall, once coupled with Terry Findlay, is now with Mylene Brodeur, a singles skater in those days.

Constant? Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison, partners five years ago and ever since.

TV TIMES

CBC main network

Today: 2 p.m., women's and pairs short

Tomorrow: 1 p.m., pairs free; 4 p.m., original dance and women's free

Sunday: 3 p.m., free dance; 8 p.m., men's free and Canada 2010 prime time special


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