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Figure Skating - 29. March 2012.

Virtue & Moir Win Second World Title in France

NICE, FRANCE: Tessa Virtue, 22, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 24, Ilderton, Ont., skated an outstanding free program in Nice, France, at the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships to capture their second world title. They scored 110.34 points in the free program for an overall a score of 182.65.

That was enough to edge out their American training mates Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who took silver with 107.64 in the free program for a total of 178.62 points. Hometown favourites Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France won the bronze medal racking up 104.05 points in the free for an overall score of 173.18.

This is Virtue and Moir's fifth world medal: silver in 2008, bronze in 2009, gold in 2010, silver in 2011 and gold in 2012.

Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver, 22, Waterloo, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 24, Waterloo, Ont., also had a strong competition finishing in fourth place with 100.18 in the free program for a combined score of 166.65 points.

Canada's third entry of Kharis Ralph, 19, Toronto, Ont., and Asher Hill, 21, Pickering, Ont., had an impressive debut in Nice. They moved up two places from the short program to finish in 13th with 78.80 points in the free program for a total score of 129.55.

Audio quotes from the Canadian teams are available on the Skate Canada website in the Press Room<http://www.skatecanada.ca/Media/PressRoom/tabid/7935/language/en-US/Default.aspx>. To access the Press Room<http://www.skatecanada.ca/Media/PressRoom/tabid/7935/language/en-US/Default.aspx> please use the following login:
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