December 8, 2012
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir net silver at Grand Prix
By QMI Agency
Canadian skaters were shut out of the top rung of the podium at the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia, on Saturday.
Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lost to their biggest rivals, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The competition for the top spot was fierce, with only two points separating the two pairs at the end of the short program, but Davis and White increased their lead with the long program to win the event with 183.39 points. Virtue and Moir won the silver with 179.83 points and the French pair of Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat claimed the bronze.
Men's skater Patrick Chan, who was second after the first day of competition, slid to third place Saturday, taking home the bronze with 169.39 points. Japanese skater Daisuke Takahashi won the men's event, and fellow countryman Yuzuru Hanyu took the silver.
Japanese skaters were well represented on the podium of the women's event, with Japan's Mao Asada taking the gold with 196.80 points, ahead of American skater Ashley Wagner. Japanese skater Akiko Suzuki took home the bronze.
Canadian pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford finished off the podium in fourth place. Russia finished one-two in the pairs event, with Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov taking the gold and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov the silver. Chinese skaters Qing Pang and Jian Tong took home the bronze.