February 8, 2013
Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir lead Four Continents
By QMI Agency

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue sit first after the short dance at the Four Continents figure skating competition on Friday in Osaka, Japan. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency/Files)

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir sit first after the short dance at the ISU Four Continents figure skating competition in Osaka, Japan.

The Olympic champion ice dancers racked up a personal-best score of 75.12 points -- it's also the highest international score in 2013 -- as the event got underway Friday. Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White are second while Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. are third.

"It felt like it was the season's best skate, no matter what the score was," Moir said. "That's always the best feeling, especially at a big event like this which we are using to build for the world championships in Canada."

Piper Gilles of Toronto and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., are fifth and Nicole Orford of Burnaby, B.C., and Thomas Williams of Okotoks, Alta., are seventh.

In pairs, Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., had a personal-best score of 70.44 to take over first place after the short program. Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto are second with 66.33.

"Not too many teams have broken that 70 point barrier," said Radford. "It feels incredible. I can't believe it all just happened."



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