(March 28, 2009) – It was an exciting day on Friday as the ice dance event came to a close at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Staples Center in L.A. Canadian’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the bronze medal after placing fourth in the free dance with 99.98 points for an overall score of 200.40.

“We're extremely happy to be on this podium obviously, extremely happy with our skate tonight, we couldn’t be prouder of what we did out there, and we thought it was a flawless program. . . delighted,” said Moir.

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia won the gold with 105.85 points in the free for a competition score of 206.30. American’s Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto followed closely with the silver medal. They scored 100.27 points in the free for an overall total of 205.08 points.

Canadian’s Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier placed 12th in the free dance with 85.08 points to finish in 12th place with 173.16 points. This was their first ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

“This is the first competition that we’ve had all three programs that were our best that we’ve done all season,” said Crone. “So this was by far our best competition this year, we’re really happy about it, that we could end on such a high.”

Earlier on Friday the ladies took to the ice. Five-time Canadian Champion Joannie Rochette skated 47 out of the 54 pool event. Rochette skated to a new personal best and a standing ovation in the short program for 67.90 points landing her in second place.

“I think today the technical elements were not perfect, but my goal was to reach out to the public more, because that was missing a little bit at Four Continents. I feel very confident about the long program, and I'm anxious to come back (Saturday). The free program is my strength,” said Rochette.

She sits behind Yu-Na Kim of South Korea who broke a world-record in the short program. Kim scored 76.12 points, the highest ever for a female skater under the new judging system.  Mao Asada of Japan finished third after the short program with 66.06 points.

2009 Canadian silver medalist Cynthia Phaneuf placed 15th in the short program with 53.14 points.

The ladies event is the last discipline to finish. It will end of on Saturday night with the free program.

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