Virtue and Moir head field in Taipei
Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir got their season off to the perfect start at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships leading after the short dance.
Virtue and Moir, one of three Canadian ice dance pairs in Taipei, showed no signs of rustiness recording a score of 69.40points to place first ahead of the free dance.
The Olympic and world champions kept friends and arch rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White at bay once again however the American’s are still very much in the hunt for gold.
Davis and White posted a score of 69.01points to sit second well ahead of Moir’s Canadian team-mates Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje who managed a total of 65.45 in the Far East.
Virtue and Moir captured Canadian hearts on the way to Olympic gold last year and despite trying new routines in Taipei will be expected to repeat the trick.
The Four Continents champions from 2008 hold more than just the edge over Davis and White in Taipei not only pipping them to gold in Vancouver 12 months ago but also at the World Championships in Turin.