Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Virtue and Moir Favored for Gold At Four Continents

Canadians should be on the podium in at least two of the four disciplines at the Four Continents figure skating meet. Anything less would be a disappointment.

Competition begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday in Goyang City, Republic of Korea. This annual International Skating Union meet for skaters from the Americas, Asia and Australia is the last major test before the world championships in Goteborg, Sweden, next month.

Ice dancers Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., are favoured for gold because they were sixth at the 2007 world championships and the only other top-10 ice dancers from that meet who'll be at Four Continents are Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who were seventh in Tokyo and who train alongside Virtue and Moir in Canton, Mich.

Canadian silver medallists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Kitchener, Ont., who were 20th in Tokyo, could take bronze. Many of the top ice dancers are from Europe so won't be at Four Continents.

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