Moore-Towers, Moscovitch win pairs event
Duhamel and Radford sail in to silver
Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Waterloo, Ont., captured their first Canadian pairs title, winning the Saturday's long program with a score of 122.90 for 187.63 overall.
Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., moved up two spots from Friday's short program to take the silver with 171.34, while Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., won the bronze with 168.11.
Moore-Towers and Moscovitch have only been together 18 months, and were a last-minute replacement at Skate Canada for former world bronze medallists Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison — Davison is recovering from season-ending knee surgery. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch won silver at Skate Canada and Skate America and finished sixth at the Grand Prix Final.
"I'm still trying to digest the whole thing," Moscovitch said on their gold-medal performance. "Everyone here wants to achieve what we were fortunate enough to achieve tonight, and it's a huge honour to be crowned Canadian champion. It means the world. It's just a step for us, but it's a big, big step, one I'll remember forever."
They were flawless through most of their performance to music from "Les Miserables," their one significant error coming when Moscovitch lost his balance on side-by-side spins.
Duhamel, meanwhile, was third at last year's Canadian championships with Craig Buntin, but Buntin retired at the end of the season.
"I left the podium last year and I wasn't even going to be skating anymore," Duhamel said. "That seems so far away, and to share it with Eric and to share it with our coaches and our families, they've been so supportive, they work just as hard as we do to get to this point."
"After all the years of waiting to get this point, it's indescribably amazing to finally have it come true," added Radford.