Fernandez, Osmond, James/Cipres, Virtue/Moir Take First Place In Respective Fields at Autumn Classic International


It was a Canadian sweep in the ice dancing competition at the Autumn Classic International in Montreal on Saturday.

World champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold with a score of 195.76, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., were second at 173.56, and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto rounded out the podium at 172.26.

“I thought it was a very strong first outing for our free dance,” said Virtue. “It wasn’t quite what we’ve been training at home but that’s to be expected this early. There’s a lot to learn in how to compete this program.”

“Right now, we need to grow the program,” added Moir. “A bit more speed, a bit more power. But we definitely connected better in the short.”

Osmond lands 7 triple jumps

Kaetlyn Osmond landed seven triple jumps for the first time in her career to win gold in the women’s singles competition.

The Marystown, N.L., native came within a point of her personal best with a score of 217.55. Mai Mihara of Japan was second at 199.02 and Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan was third at 181.00.

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