(January 17, 2009) – It’s day number three of the 2009 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Sask., and senior ice dance was first of the mark today.  When current Canadian Champions Tessa Virtue, 19 of London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 21, of Ilderton, Ont., finished their program, they held a 12-point lead over the team in second place. Virtue and Moir sit comfortably in first with 63.76 points in the original dance and 103.09 points in total.

Vanessa Crone, 18, of Aurora, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 17, of Unionville, Ont., still hold down second with 55.56 points in the original dance and 91.18 points overall.  Waterloo skaters Kaitlyn Weaver, 19 and Andrew Poje, 21 jumped up two spots to third place. They scored 52.92 points in the original dance for a total of 84.81 points. Senior ice dance will conclude on Saturday.

The women were next to take the ice. The women’s event was full of surprises. It was 2004 Canadian Champion and birthday girl Cynthia Phaneuf, 21, of Contrecoeur, Que., winning the women’s short program with 55.16 points. Four-time Canadian Champion Joannie Rochette, 23 of Île Dupas, Que., finished a close second with 53.58 points. 2005 Junior Women’s Champion Amélie Lacoste, 20 of Delson, Que., finished just .03 points behind Rochette with 53.55 points. The women close out their competition with their free programs on Saturday.  With the scores all so close it could be anyone’s title to win.

The pair discipline was up next. Meagan Duhamel, 23 of Lively, Ont., and Craig Buntin, 28 of Kelowna, B.C., had an outstanding performance to win the short program. They currently sit in first with 65.74 points. World silver medalists  Jessica Dubé, 21 of Drummondville, Que., and Bryce Davison, 22 of Cambridge, Ont., are just a few points behind in second with 62.22 points. Mylène Brodeur, 21 of Stanbridge-Station, Que., and John Mattatall, 25 of Wallace, N.S., who represent the Nova Scotia section, are holding on to third with 55.63 points. The pair event will also finish on Saturday. 

The senior men closed the night. The crowd was on their feet as 2008 Canadian Champion Patrick Chan, 18 of Toronto, Ont., skated to a near perfect performance. The newly turned 18-year-old scored 88.89 in the short program. Chan has a 17-point lead over Vaughn Chipeur, 24 of Edmonton, Alta who sits in second with 71.89 points. Coquiltam, B.C’s Kevin Reynolds, 18, trails close behind with 70.00 points.   

Friday was full of surprises and who knows what is going to happen on Saturday when the ice dance, women and pair finish. It’s really anyone’s game at this point! The men’s event is also shaping up to be a close race for the silver and bronze medals. They will wrap-up on Sunday.
 
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