Canadian ice dancers Fournier Beaudry, Soerensen lead at NHK Trophy

Canadians Laurence Fournier Beaudry  and Nikolaj Soerensen lead the way in the ice dance competition at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan - but American rivals Madison Chock and Evan Bates are less than a point behind.

Fellow Canadians McIntosh, Mimar 3rd after pairs short program

Canadian ice dancers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen perform their rhythm dance program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2022 NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan, on Friday. (Yuichi Yamazaki/AFP via Getty Images)

Canadians Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen lead the way in the ice dance competition at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan.

Skating to Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine's "Conga," the duo scored 85.66 in the rhythm dance to stay just ahead of American counterparts Madison Chock and Evan Bates (85.00).

Competition continues Friday, which streams live on CBCSports.ca and on CBC Gem.

WATCH | Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen waltz into lead at NHK Trophy:

Montreal's Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen waltz into lead at NHK Trophy

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Duration 6:14
Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen scored 85.66 in the rhythm dance to stay just ahead of American counterparts Madison Chock and Evan Bates (85.00) at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan.

Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen, who were ninth at the Beijing Olympics, won silver at the recent French Grand Prix. Skaters are assigned two Grand Prix events each, with the top six in each of the four events competing in the Grand Prix Final next month in Turin, Italy.

Canadian pairs skaters Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar are in third place after the short program.

McIntosh and Mimar had a score of 62.31 points to sit just behind Americans Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe, who had the second-best showing with 64.62 points.

WATCH l McIntosh, Mimar grab 3rd place:

Canadian pair McIntosh, Mimar sit in 3rd place after NHK trophy short program

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Duration 5:56
Canada's Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar are in third place after the pairs short program at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan.

Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan had 78.25 points to secure the lead.

WATCH l Miura, Kihara of Japan hold lead:

Japan's Miura, Kihara lead pairs event heading into free program

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Duration 6:21
Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara lead the pairs event at the NHK Trophy after scoring an impressive 78.25 points in their short program.

In the men's event, Japan's Sota Yamamoto has the lead after the short program, scoring 96.49 to stay ahead of fellow Japanese skater Shoma Uno (91.66). Canada's Stephen Gogolev is ninth, with 69.01 points after the short.

WATCH | Yamamoto jumps out to big lead:

Japan's Sota Yamamoto jumps out to big lead at NHK Trophy

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Duration 5:54
Skating on home ice, Sota Yamamoto scored 96.49 points in the men's short program, to lead compatriot Shoma Uno (91.66) at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan.

South Korea's Kim Ye-Lim leads the women's event with a score of 72.22,.

WATCH l Asher Hill previews NHK Trophy:

Critical NHK Trophy a potential qualifier for Grand Prix final

18 days ago
Duration 5:38
The event in Japan is the 2nd last Grand Prix of the figure skating season, making it a critical opportunity for skaters to qualify for December's Grand Prix final. Asher Hill previews the competition.

With files from The Canadian Press

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