January 25, 2021

Moore-Towers wins Marino Virtual Skate Canada Challenge Pair title

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro won the pairing of the Virtual Skate Canada Challenge. The two-time Canadian champions scored 135.18 points for free skate for a total of 206.22 points.

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro won the pairing of the Virtual Skate Canada Challenge.

The two-time Canadian champions scored 135.18 points for free skate for a total of 206.22 points.

Lori-on Made and Thierry Ferland claimed silver (172.42) in third place after a short project, while Tina Stellato and Maxim Desschamps took third place (170.65).

The second wave of COVID-19 almost forced Skate Canada to host the event. For the past few weeks skaters have been performing their shows in their home rings, then submitting videos, which are broadcast – and determined in real time – in an attempt to simulate a live match.

None of the fans in the hoops, only the coaches of the skaters, a video crew and the Skate Canada official made sure the rules were followed.

Almost the entire Canadian team has been on the field since the outbreak of the global epidemic. The World Championships in Montreal last March were one of the first major international events to be abandoned due to COVID-19. Skate Canada International was also canceled in October.

Keegan Messing, who won bronze at Skate America, was a separate member of the Canadian team that competed before the challenge.

The Virtual Challenge is a qualifying match for the Canadian Championship, February 8-14 in Vancouver. The event is supposed to be live, but with COVID-19 cases on the rise across the country, the championship is almost certain to take place.

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Challenge events for junior and senior snow dancers, as well as senior men and women singles are scheduled for January 15-17. Events SkateCanada.ca, Jan. Are streaming at 15-17.

This report of the Canadian edition was first published on January 9, 2021.

The Canadian Press