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Four Continents: Pang/Tong, Virtue/Moir and Kim Lead After Day One

Photo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir by Caroline Paré.

Photo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir by Caroline Paré.

The closest of the three disciplines, that have already began, is the Pairs competition. After the short program, Chinese favorites Qing Pang and Jian Tong are leading with a score of 65.6 points. The Candian team of Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison are in position to end the Chinese domination as they are currently in second place and are only a little over a point behind Pang/Tong. The other elite Chinese team of Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang are in third. The first four teams, however, are all within a little over three points of each other, which makes for a showdown in the free skate. Pang/Tong are the defending champions and have won this tournament 3 times in the past. 

After the compulsary dance, in the ice dancing discipline, the Canadian team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in first place. Virtue skated particularly well, being that she is recovering from surgery to both of her legs. When speaking about her painful condition, she said that “I think it’s just sort of an up and down thing. We have to take each day as it comes and deal with it. It’s nothing that anyone is worried about, I wouldn’t be here if it was a major problem.” The U.S. team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White are only a little over a point behind the Canadians. Virtue/Moir are the defending champions of this event, however, this is their first international competition of the season. 

Yu-Na Kim (left), Joannie Rochette (middle), and Fumie Suguri (right) all had impressive short program performances. Photo by Darren Barefoot.

Yu-Na Kim (left), Joannie Rochette (middle), and Fumie Suguri (right) all had impressive short program performances. Photo by Darren Barefoot.

The women’s competitoin was supposed to be a showdown between two potential Olympic gold medalists: Yu-na Kim and Mao Asada. However, only one of them shined. Kim was spectacular, as she received her personal best short program score of 72.24, which pretty much blew away the rest of the field. Her closest competitor is Canadian Joannie Rochette, but she is over 5 points behind. The biggest shock, however, was that defending champion Mao Asada did not skate her best and consequently left herself in sixth place, nearly 15 points behind Kim. In fact, she wasn’t even the top Japanese skate after the free skate, as her teammate Fumie Suguri is currently in 4th place and is less than one point away from a podium position. 

The Original Dance, Pairs Free Skate, and Men’s Short Program will take place tomorrow.

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