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Four Continents: Pang/Tong Win, Virtue/Moir and Chan Lead

Evan Lysacek will need a phenomenal free skate if he wants to have any hope of winning the gold. Photo by compose-r.net.

Evan Lysacek will need a phenomenal free skate if he wants to have any hope of winning the gold. Photo by compose-r.net.

Day 2 of the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships meant that it was time for the Pairs free skate, Original Dance, and the Men’s short program!

Qing Pang and Jiang Tong were able to hold on to their lead and take the Pairs’ title. They were nearly perfect, as their only noticible mistake was having one slightly out of sync side-by-side spin, and were therefore rewarded with a  total score of 194.94. After the skate, Jiang Tong said that “Before we came to this event we were very excited about it, especially knowing it’s going to be the venue for the 2010 Olympics. We tried to live up to the expectations and we were able to do that, and we’re very happy with our performance.” The Canadian team of Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison finished in second, but they were over 9 points behind the now 4-time Four Continents champions. The Chinese team of Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang finished in third place. 

In the Ice Dancing portion, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were able to slightly extend their lead over the American team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White. After the Original Dance, Virtue/Moir are now nearly two points ahead of Davis/White. After the skate, Moir said “I think we’re pleased. We’re very happy.” 

Patrick Chan was the star of the Men’s competition, as his short program was good enough to give him more than a 9 point lead over Evan Lysacek. This has been a breakout season for the Canadian Chan, who won has two Grand Prix events this season. Japanse skater Takahiko Kozuka was also impressive in the short program. Kozuka, who is currently in third place, has been hot lately, as he won Skate America and finished second in both the Trophee Bompard and the Grand Prix Final. American skaters Jeremy Abbott and Brandon Mroz round-out the top five, but both definitely have a chance for the final podium spot.

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