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Virtue And Moir Dance to Gold

Pang and Tong Take the Pairs Title

Newly minted Canadian champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir added more hardware to their stash after claiming their first Four Continents title in Goyang City. American dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated to silver while Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre claimed the bronze, their first medal at a major international event.

The dance event showed a high caliber of skating, with all of the medalists and many other teams earning new seasonal or personal bests.

Virtue and Moir delivered a strong performance to “Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” earning high marks for required elements interspersed with seamless transitions. The duo earned a new personal best score of 104.08 points and a combined total of 207.32.

“Today’s performance was very exciting for us,” Moir said. “The Korean fans were amazing, really into the performance, which was rewarding. For us, it was our best (performance). We really wanted to come and show the emotional connection.”

Davis and White’s performance to a Beatles medley earned level four for all eight elements and scored 100.16 points. They danced into second place with 199.45 points overall.

Performing their bluesy number “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” Navarro and Bommentre danced into third place, earning 89.62 points for their free dance and a combined score of 180.65 points.

Pairs Final

It was a victorious moment for the Chinese pair team of Qing Pang and Jian Tong who overtook their teammates Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang to claim their third Four Continents title. Brooke Castile and Benjamin Okolski from the U.S. skated to bronze.

Pang and Tong, performing to “Romeo and Juliet” by Nino Rota put down their best performance of the season, one which both knew they were capable of but had eluded them this season. The only major error in the program came when Pang stepped out of the side-by-side triple toe loop. The couple scored 119.63 points and a total of 187.33 points, which moved them ahead of Zhang and Zhang, the leaders after the short.

“We skated quite well today and had only two small errors,” Tong said. “We are getting better and better and hopefully we’ll be at our best at Worlds. These championships are an important test for our programs. We like to come to Korea and feel comfortable here.”

Zhang and Zhang had technical problems on the side-by-side jumps and lacked the speed the duo are known for. Their free program score of 111.39 points and overall total of 181.84 points left them in second place.

Castile and Okolski earned 103.55 points for the long program but their combined score of 159.99 points catapulted them into third place over teammates Rena Inoue and John Baldwin into third place. It was the duo’s first medal at a major international event.