Meryl Davis and Charlie White (USA) continued their ascent this season and won their first title at the 2009-10 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada took the silver and Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat (FRA) claimed bronze.
Davis and White put out a powerful performance to “Phantom of the Opera” that was highlighted by their whirling lifts. The reigning Four Continents champions earned a personal best 103.64 for the routine. The Americans, who led after the original dance, climbed to the top of the podium with a total score of 169.44.
Davis said the title was the most significant win of their career to date. “It’s been a really great season so far and we’ve been feeling great in all competitions," she said. "The performance went pretty good today. I think that we can definitely skate a lot better and going home we’re going to look through that.”
Virtue and Moir edged the Americasn in the orginal dance. The Canadians performed an elegant dance to Gustav Mahler’s "Symphony No. 5" and scored 104.21 points. Over they compiled a competition mark of 168.22 points.
“There is room for improvement and I can’t wait to get back home and start training for nationals,” Virtue said.
Pechalat and Bourzat totaled 147.62 points to win their first medal in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. "It wasn’t our best today. We were very tired and we didn’t have enough training for a great performance,” Bourzat explained, referring to an ankle injury that has handicapped him during the past weeks.
Sinead Kerr and John Kerr (GBR) came in fourth with a dance to “Krwlng” by Linkin Park. Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte (ITA) were fifth and Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier (CAN) finished sixth.
The couples earned cash awards in Tokyo. The breakdown (per couple) was as follows:
1st place USD $25,000
2nd place USD $18,000
3rd place USD $12,000
4th place USD $6,000
5th place USD $4,000
6th place USD $3,000
The remainder of the schedule for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (junior and senior) is as follows:
* Saturday, Dec. 5: Junior Original Dance, Junior Ladies Short Program, Pairs, Ladies, Men Free Skating
* Sunday, Dec. 6: Junior Free Dance, Junior Ladies Free Skating, Exhibition Gala