Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rochette Wins Silver At Four Continents

Canada's Joannie Rochette won silver at the Four Continents figure-skating championships in Goyang, South Korea, on Saturday.

The Île Dupas, Que., native gave her season's best skate for 119.50 points in the long program, raising her overall score to 179.54. Rochette took bronze at the Four Continents last year.

The gold medal went to Mao Asada of Japan, who posted a season-high total score of 193.25 points. Fellow Japanese skater Miki Ando won bronze.

Asada, Rochette and Ando had all been clustered within one point of each other after Thursday's short program.

But Asada gave the day's best free skate to move ahead of her competitors. Rochette, who recently collected her fourth consecutive Canadian national figure-skating title, said she was pleased with her podium-worthy performance in South Korea.

"I am very happy with my performance," she said. "No injuries and lots of training makes a difference."

Vancouver native Mira Leung also finished among the top skaters, taking fifth place.


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