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Figure Skating-ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2010/2011: Skate Canada
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2010/2011: Skate Canada InternationalDay Three
Skate Canada International concluded Sunday in Kingston, Ontario. Skate Canada was the second of six events in the series.
Vanessa Crone/Paul Poirier (CAN) dance to the gold medalVanessa Crone/Paul Poirier of Canada danced to the gold medal Sunday at the conclusion of Skate Canada International. Great Britain's Sinead Kerr/John Kerr claimed the silver medal and Madison Chock/Greg Zuerlein (USA) took the bronze.
Crone/Poirier performed to “Eleanor Rigby” and produced smooth footwork and difficult lifts to score 91.47 points. The Canadian team totaled 154.42 points and overtook Kerr/Kerr to earn the first Grand Prix gold medal of their career. “Vanessa and I are both really proud of how we performed today. The last few weeks we've been working extremely hard started feeling comfortable with these programs. To get it out in front of the audience and the country was fantastic.
This result is going to keep motivating us to keep pushing ourselves”, Poirer said.Skating to “Exogenesis Symphony Redemption” by Muse, Kerr/Kerr turned in an elegant dance that was highlighted by beautiful lifts, but a straight line lift was wobbly and some other elements. It was a real garnered only a level two. The brother and sister team earned 86.84 points for their Free Dance and dropped to second at 149.80 points. “The program felt good, it was just mainly that problem with the lift that bothered us. A lot of the elements we hadn't done before. We'll just kind of revalue that and see how we go from there”, Sinead Kerr told the press.Chock/Zuerlein's entertaining “Cabaret” routine featured six level-four elements. The 2009 World Junior Champions picked up 84.86 points and moved up to third at 139.05 points overall. They won their first medal at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating (senior level). “We first performed our original free dance at Lake Placid. It was a Latin program, and it didn't really match our skating style. We got some feedback on it. Then Cabaret came up and it was a perfect fit”, explained Chock.
2010 World Junior silver medalists Alexandra Paul/Mitchell Islam (CAN) had a strong debut on the senior circuit by finishing fourth. They were ranked second in the Free Dance (138.16 points).
For full results, please refer to www.isu.org. The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating continues next week in Beijing with the Cup of China.