(January 16, 2010) – The senior women started the day off right at the John Labatt Centre. It was an exciting event as the ladies from Quebec dominated the three top spots after the short. Last year’s silver medalist Cynthia Phaneuf won the short with 66.30 points ahead of reigning Canadian Champion Joannie Rochette. Rochette was a close second with 64.15 points. In third was Amélie Lacoste, also from Quebec with 53.99 points.

 “Last year I missed the Lutz in the program and I got it this year. I was very happy with my performance,” said Cynthia Phaneuf. “It was a bonus and I am so happy with what I did on the ice and to do it in front of the people I love, it was great.”

The senior pair event was up next and again it was the Quebec teams that led the way. The 2008 Canadian Champions Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay are in the lead after the short with 65.47 points. Defending champions Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison followed in second with 62.87 points and Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin landed in third with 62.38 points.

“Obviously we are very happy with where we are sitting and really happy with the program today,” said Cody Hay. “We felt good all week in practice and it felt good in the warm-up and the program skated like how we skate it in practice. We’re really happy; it was a good first step for us especially after being off all last year. It’s really nice to be back out there.”

The senior ice dance began the evening portion of Friday’s programming with the original dance. Hometown sweethearts and defending champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir expanded their lead as they scored 70.15 for an overall score of 114.13 points. Northern Ontario’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje moved to second after scoring 57.92 points for a total score after the original of 94.79 points. Just .02 points behind are Central Ontario’s Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier with 94.77 points. They scored 57.50 points in the original dance.

“Tess and I are so happy to be here. The energy has been awesome and we skated that program the way we wanted to,” said Scott Moir.

The men closed down the John Labatt Centre Friday night with their short program. Two-time Canadian Champion Patrick Chan from Central Ontario appears to be on his way to his third title after an impressive skate in the short. Chan score 90.14 points. Vaughn Chipeur from Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut was second with 78.87 points and Newfoundland and Labrador skater Joey Russell skated a clean program to hold down third with 74.04 points.    

“It felt really great.  Usually I don’t like skating last but for once I walked out of the change room after waiting for a long time and ready to go out and I felt better than ever,” said Patrick Chan.

On Saturday the women, pair and ice dance disciplines will conclude with their free programs. The Olympic team announcement for women and pair teams will also be made Saturday.

The men will finish on Sunday with the free programs. Following the men on Sunday the Olympic team announcement for ice dance and men’s will be made.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.johnlabattcentre.com, by phone at 1.866.455.2849 or in person at the John Labatt Centre.

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