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Virtue, Moir waltz to narrow victory in short dance

Canadian world champions lead Davis, White by 0.44 points

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in search of their third career Four Continents title.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in search of their third career Four Continents title. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(02/08/2013) - Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada danced to a narrow lead over Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White in the short dance at the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Osaka, Japan. Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. are in third.

Virtue and Moir's program to "The Waltz Goes On" by Anthony Hopkins was highlighted by intricate footwork and a rotational lift. The reigning world and Four Continents champions picked up a Level 4 for four elements to post a season's (and career) best of 75.12 points.

"The biggest thing for us today was, it felt like the season's best skate. So, no matter what the score was, that's always the best feeling," Moir said. "Ever since we've been young, that's really the feeling we chase. If we feel we are together, it feels like a strong performance, if the coaches are happy with it -- that's the big thing."

Performing to Giselle, Davis and White earned a Level 4 for the two Yankee Polka patterns, the twizzles and the rotational lift. They scored 74.68 points, another season's best.

"I think it was a really good performance today. It was a step up in a lot of aspects," Davis said. "Technically, it wasn't what we were aiming for. We had a couple of little mistakes here and there, which certainly you can't get away at this point.

"We're looking to execute everything perfectly at this point of the season, but I think we've made some improvement in a lot of other areas. Despite the little mistakes, we are headed into the right direction, and we're feeling good."

Chock and Bates delivered a strong performance of their "Quidam" short dance, one that included three Level 4 elements. The U.S. silver medalists achieved a season's best of 65.44 points.

"That's the way we train. It's nice to be able to replicate training in competition," Bates said. "Coming off of nationals, there were a lot of emotions and stress. To come right around and travel to Japan and do it again, I'm happy with the way it went today."

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the U.S. came in fourth, registering a segment score of 63.26 points.

"We are so happy to be here. We have great memories here. We tried to convert that to a strong performance with a lot of energy, something the crowd could enjoy," Alex Shibutani said. "We had a good time performing."