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Canadian ice dancers skate to 6th at junior worlds

Canada's Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams finished sixth in ice dancing at the world junior figure skating championships Friday in Minsk, Belarus.
Canadian ice dancers Nicole Orford, right, and Thomas Williams, pictured at prior event, placed sixth at the world junior championships Friday in Minsk, Belarus. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press )

Canada's Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams finished sixth in ice dancing at the world junior figure skating  championships Friday in Minsk, Belarus.

Skating to music from the soundtrack to "Gone with the Wind," Orford, from Burnaby, B.C., and Williams, from Okotoks, Alta., scored a personal-best 134.61 points.

"It was definitely our best performance this season," said Williams. "But we were hoping for a top-five finish. There was more pressure this year because we had established ourselves at the junior level."

Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhigganshin led Russia to a 1-2 finish. Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin won the silver while Americans Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton claimed the bronze.

Canadian junior champions Andreanne Poulin of l'Ile-Bizard, Que., and Marc-Andre Servant of Vaudreuil, Que., were 20th.

Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., was ninth after the women's singles short program.

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