Veteran Canadian pairs skaters find new partnersMoore-Towers to skate with Marinaro, Moscovitch teams with Iliushechkina
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro have teamed up and will begin competing together for Canada in the 2014-15 season.
Moore-Towers had previously skated with Dylan Moscovitch for the last five years. In that time, they won seven medals in the Grand Prix Series, captured the 2011 national title and took home a silver medal with Team Canada in the inaugural team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. They announced their split at the end of April.
"It's been really fun to work with Mike these past few days," Moore-Towers said. "Although we've known one another for many years, now we are going through the process of transforming from friends to partners."
Skating with Margaret Purdy, Marinaro won the Canadian junior championship in 2010 and took home multiple medals on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, including two golds in 2012.
"We're just getting to know each other and trying to find our strengths. Everything right now is extremely new, but we're having tons of fun on the ice and I'm looking forward to the next season."
Moore-Towers and Marinaro have begun training at the Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club with coaches Kris Wirtz and Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz.
Moscovitch finds new partner in Russian Iliushechkina
Just hours after Moore-Towers and Marinaro announced their partnership, the Hamilton Spectator reported that Moscovitch had decided to skate with Russian Lubov Iliushechkina, pending her visa release. The team will train at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club under Lee Barkell and Bryce Davison.
Iliushechkina, 22, won the 2009 world junior championship with then partner Nodari Maisuradze. The pair also won gold at 2010 Skate Canada, edging silver medalists Moore-Towers and Moscovitch by 0.48 points, and qualified for that year's Grand Prix Final. They broke up following the 2011-12 season.
"It's a very exciting new start," Moscovitch told the Hamilton Spectator.