Saturday, March 15, 2008

Canadians Hoping for A Medal

The door to the world figure skating podium has swung open for Canadian ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Patrick Chan and Jeff Buttle can only win men's singles medals if others falter, Joannie Rochette's chances in women's singles are remote, and Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison have an outside shot in pairs. But it is with Virtue and Moir that Canada's best chances rest when competition begins Tuesday in Goteborg, Sweden.

The withdrawal of Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who has reinjured the left knee he had surgery on in December, should allow Canada's champions to reach the podium - not that they are happy about Shabalin's misfortune.

"It's too bad," says Moir. "It's nice to go to a world championship when everybody is healthy and you can compete against the best.

"At the same time, we're excited about the opportunity that lies ahead of us."

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