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Canada names teams for ISU championships

Chan sitting out Four Continents; One men's, one dance spot on world team to be determined

Kaetlyn Osmond will make her debut at the world championships in March.
Kaetlyn Osmond will make her debut at the world championships in March. (Getty Images)

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By Skate Canada
(01/21/2013) - Upon the conclusion of the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, Skate Canada named its teams for three upcoming ISU championships, including the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

"We have just seen a tremendous week of skating here at all levels, in novice, junior and senior. The impact of the developmental programs at our Skate Canada sections across the country was evident, as we saw champions come from many different regions in Canada," said Mike Slipchuk, director of high performance for Skate Canada. "We are confident that as we now send our skaters out on the international stage, they will all challenge for the podium and championship titles with the best in the world at both the senior and junior level."

Canada qualified three men, three dance teams, two pairs teams and one lady at the 2013 World Championships. One men's and one dance spot has been left open and will be named following the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Osaka, Japan.

"We are proud to send an exceptionally strong team to the world championships, which are being held here in Canada. Not only do we have two reigning world champions on the team, but every member will be competitive and challenging for either podium or top-10 results," Slipchuk said. "We are fortunate to be able to hold this event in Canada and know that our skaters will appreciate competing in front of a home crowd."

2013 World Figure Skating Championships
London, Ontario - March 10-17

Men's
Patrick Chan
Kevin Reynolds
One athlete to be named later

Ice Dancing
Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir
Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier
One team to be named later

Pairs
Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford
Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch

Ladies
Kaetlyn Osmond

2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
Osaka, Japan - Feb. 6-11

Men's
Reynolds
Andrei Rogozine
Elladj Baldé

Ice Dancing
Virtue/Moir
Gilles/Poirier
Nicole Orford/Thomas Williams

Pairs
Duhamel/Radford
Moore-Towers/Moscovitch
Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers

Ladies
Osmond
Amélie Lacoste
Julianne Séguin

2013 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Milan, Italy - Feb. 25-March 3

Men's
Nam Nguyen
Mitchell Gordon

Pairs
Brittany Jones/Ian Beharry
Margaret Purdy/Michael Marinaro
Hayleigh Bell/Alistair Sylvester

Ladies
Gabrielle Daleman
Alaine Chartrand

Ice Dancing
Madeline Edwards/Zhao Kai Pang
Mackenzie Bent/Garrett MacKeen