Virtue, Moir in lead in Four Continents

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in...

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei. (REUTERS/Nicky Loh)

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, Last Updated: 10:23 PM ET

So far, so good for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

The Olympic and world ice dancing champions, competing for the first time since Virtue had leg surgery last fall, are in first place at the ISU Four Continents event in Taipei City.

Virtue, from London, and Moir, from Ilderton, were awarded 69.40 points in the short dance Thursday to take a slim lead over Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, this seasons Grand Prix champs. Davis and White scored 69.01 points.

Its a great start, said Virtue, who had surgery in October to relieve pressure in her legs from compartment syndrome. We werent sure what to expect. The moment we stepped on the ice, we had that spark and drive. Were hungry for it, for sure.

It doesnt take that much to get right back into the competitive feel.

Defending champs Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo are third with 65.45 points, while Canadian champions Vanessa Crone of North York and Paul Poirier of Unionville are fifth at 61.66.

The ice dance wraps up Friday.

In pairs, Canadians hold down second and third place after the short program. Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Sweigers of Kipling, Sask., are second while Meagan Duhamel of Lively and Eric Radford of Balmertown are third.


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