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Canadian Figure Skaters Continue on ISU Grand Prix Circuit inMoscow
Canada will send seven athletes to the final stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Moscow, Russia. The 2012 Rostelecom Cup will take place from November 9-11. Canada will have a total of four entries: one each in men's and pair, and two entries in ice dance.
Tessa Virtue, 23, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 25, Ilderton, Ont., will be one of two Canadian entries in ice dance. This will be the second ISU Grand Prix assignment of the season for Virtue and Moir, following a gold medal at Skate Canada International. The 2010 Olympic Champions won gold last season at the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships. They are coached by Marina Zoueva, Johnny Johns and Oleg Epstein at Artic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Michigan.
Paige Lawrence, 22, Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers, 25, Kipling, Sask., will be competing in pair for Canada. The 2012 Canadian bronze medalists will be making their second appearance on the ISU Grand Prix circuit this season, having already earned fourth at Skate Canada International. Lawrence and Swiegers also competed at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic earlier this season, and won silver. They train in Virden, Man., and are coached by Patricia Hole and Lyndon Johnston.
Nicole Orford, 20, Burnaby, B.C. and Thomas Williams, 21, Okotoks, Alta., will be Canada's second entry in ice dance. This will be their first event of the season and first career ISU Grand Prix assignment. Last season, they competed on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit and won gold in Brisbane, Australia, and placed sixth in Innsbruck, Austria. Orford and Williams placed sixth at both the 2012 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, in the senior category. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.
Skate Canada Director High Performance, Mike Slipchuk, will be the Canadian team leader at the event. Dr. John Philpot of Toronto, Ont., and physiotherapist Karen Seymour of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Benoît Lavoie of Quebec City, and Leanna Caron of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian officials at the event.