Crone, Poirier take silver at Skate Canada

Canadians Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier claimed the silver medal in the ice dance competition at Skate Canada Sunday in Ottawa.

Canadians Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier claimed the silver medal Sunday in the ice dance competition at Skate Canada in Ottawa.

Crone, from Aurora, Ont., and Poirier, from Unionville, Ont., were in fifth place following Saturday's orignal dance but moved up three spots with a solid performance in Sunday's free dance to earn a final score of 162.13.

Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold (178.89) and Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France took the bronze (159.06).

"Our free dance was as good as we can do it, and I'm just happy with what we've accomplished and I hope everybody enjoyed what we did," Crone said.

Andrea Chong of Toronto and Montreal's Guillaume Gfeller finished last, in eighth place, with a score of 136.99.

Crone and Poirier skated a near flawless performance to "Doce de Coco" and earned a standing ovation when they were done.

"Each year we try to make sure we don't use the same lifts, we try to create and create and create," Crone said. "This year we wanted to go for really hard technical lifts, and really we just take what we have and make it better or work a lot off the ice to get our lifts and do positions that nobody's done."

Canada won a medal in all four disciplines at Skate Canada this weekend.

Patrick Chan of Ottawa won the men's title, Joannie Rochette of Ile-Dupas, Que., won the women's title, and Jessica Dube, from Drummondville, Que., and Bryce Davison, from Cambridge, Ont., finished second in the pairs competition.

Poirier believes Canada's strong showing bodes well for the future.

"I think it's a really hopeful place for Skate Canada right now, especially going into the Olympics in our home country and we just hope all this young talent can make it up to the top, that's the ultimate goal," Poirier said.

With files from Associated Press

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