Sports Virtue and Moir have the edge in Grand Prix Final showdown

19:08  06 december  2017
19:08  06 december  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

Virtue, Moir trail after short dance at Grand Prix Final

  Virtue, Moir trail after short dance at Grand Prix Final Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir currently occupy second place after the short dance at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Nagoya, Japan. Rather than leading the pack following Thursday's short dance competition, the duo are in second place heading into Friday's free dance. PREVIEW | Virtue & Moir have edge in ice GP Final showdown WATCH LIVE | Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final © Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images Virtue, Moir trail after short dance at Grand Prix Final French skaters Gabriella Papdakis and Guillaume Cizeron are in first place with a score of 82.

Latest Olympics Stories. Virtue and Moir have the edge in Grand Prix Final showdown December 06, 9:37 AM ET read comments video.

OSAKA, Japan (AP) – Three-time and reigning world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won the ice dance event at the NHK Trophy to secure a place in the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix Final next month.

Editor's note: CBCSports.ca is live streaming every short and free program at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, beginning Thursday at 4:15 a.m. ET. The event will also be featured on CBC Television's Road to the Olympic Games shows on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and Sunday at 3 p.m. local time. Here's Pj Kwong's breakdown of what to expect at the event.

The favourites at the Grand Prix Final are normally pretty clear. But this year is different.

Some of figure skating's top names will be missing from the men's and ladies' events in Nagoya, Japan, leaving the door open there. Meanwhile, the pairs and dance competitions will feature more familiar top contenders.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. named grand marshal for 2018 Daytona 500

  Dale Earnhardt Jr. named grand marshal for 2018 Daytona 500 Earnhardt will give the command for drivers to start their engines for the 60th running of the race scheduled for Presidents Day weekend.NASCAR's most popular driver will return to the track next year when he serves as grand marshal for the season-opening Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway announced Wednesday.

Canada's Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have captured silver at the ISU Grand Prix Final . But American world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White claimed gold, edging the Canadians by 0.05 points in the free dance for a total score of 188.55.

Virtue and Moir win NHK Trophy to book GP Final spot. November 9, 2017 9:03 am Australia names its first indigenous Winter Olympian November 9, 2017 8:46 am Yuzuru Hanyu injured in practice fall at Grand Prix (video) November 9, 2017 8:35 am U.S. retakes edge in Canada rivalry at

Here's what to watch for in all four events:

Virtue and Moir have the edge in Grand Prix Final showdown© The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images Virtue and Moir have the edge in Grand Prix Final showdown

Dance: Virtue and Moir's artistry bears fruit

Apples and oranges. That's how I see the ice dance event.

My money is on the "apples" — defending champs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir — every time. I love the fact that the Canadians can do anything. They're not afraid to take artistic risks, and that's why they've been able to create programs throughout their career that are forever etched in my brain.

The "oranges" are two-time world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. The French skaters don't push boundaries the way Virtue and Moir do, but they know what they do well and they excel at those things every time. They've built their meteoric rise on a fluid style with sensational skating skills, speed, unison and sheer beauty. I admire their ability to take something that works for them and replicate it. It wins competitions and that is always the goal. Smart.

Family, Burns Lake community fear release of accused killer

  Family, Burns Lake community fear release of accused killer Residents of a northern B.C. town are afraid and outraged that an accused killer has been granted bail and allowed to return to his community to await trial. “The community is in fear,” said Steven Bishop, the younger brother of Raymond Bishop, who was found shot to death on the south side of Francois Lake […]Residents of a northern B.C. town are afraid and outraged that an accused killer has been granted bail and allowed to return to his community to await trial.

Virtue and Moir , who led after the quick program, completed with an general overall of 198.64 issues on Sunday to say their 2d identify of the season. Canadians edged off podium on final day at Skate America. Duhamel, Radford punch ticket to Grand Prix Final .

Virtue and Moir win NHK Trophy to book GP Final spot. November 9, 2017 9:03 am Australia names its first indigenous Winter Olympian November 9, 2017 8:46 am Yuzuru Hanyu injured in practice fall at Grand Prix (video) November 9, 2017 8:35 am U.S. retakes edge in Canada rivalry at

It will undoubtedly be one of these two dance teams who will take the Olympic title this February, which makes this head-to-head competition especially important.

Men: No Big 3

At the start of the season, I never would have thought that my "trifecta of terrific" — 2014 Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, 2014 Olympic silver medallist Patrick Chan and two-time world champion Javier Fernandez — would all fail to qualify for the Final. These three men have been regulars at this event, and one of them has won the title every year but one since 2010.

Their absence creates an opportunity for two teenagers — 18 year-old Nathan Chen and 19-year-old Shoma Uno — to go head to head for the title. Presumably, both men will make the final flight at the Olympics in February, so I'm excited to see how this event will play out. Chen and Uno are both jumping machines who match wonderful skating skills with great material, making this a very close race.

Matt Lauer's father-in-law speaks out, says divorce is a foregone conclusion

  Matt Lauer's father-in-law speaks out, says divorce is a foregone conclusion Annette Roque's dad said the couple isn't trying to work it out.It's only a matter of time before Matt Lauer's wife, Annette Roque, files for divorce, at least according to her father.

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Three-time and reigning world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won the ice dance event at the NHK Trophy to secure a place in the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix Final next month.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform their free dance at the 2016-17 ISU Grand Prix Final . USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue edged out teammates Madison Chock and Evan Bates for the fifth place finish.

Women: Osmond's time to shine

Evgenia Medvedeva is extraordinary. Since 2015, she has lost only once, including victories in both her Grand Prix events this season. But she has a broken bone in her foot and is healing at home in Russia.

Medvedeva's absence could make for a wide-open competition between the likes of 30-year-old Italian Carolina Kostner and rising Russian star Alina Zagitova, who is literally half her age.

I'm also convinced this is the event where we'll see Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond come into her own. The silver medallist from the 2017 world championships has talent and programs to die for. It's time for her to get serious in advance of the Olympics and lay down two clean programs to take the title.

Pairs: Loaded field

The pairs' field is the most evenly matched. The strongest team seems to be China's world champions, Wenjing Sui and Cong Han. They're consistent, talented, prepared and have the early-season results to prove it, with gold medals in both of their Grand Prix events.

Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada also have the talent, worth ethic and drive to make it to the top of the podium. In fact, all of the teams competing in Japan are either world or Olympic medallists or finished in the top five at a world championships. Even more than the other events, the pairs' competition will come down to who performs best on the day.

Pj's gold-medal picks

Men: Shoma Uno (Japan)

Ladies: Kaetlyn Osmond (Canada)

Pairs: Wenjing Sui and Cong Han (China)

Dance: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Canada)

Reds’ Sebastian Giovinco raring to go after 23 days between games .
It was a strange feeling for Sebastian Giovinco, sitting alongside Jozy Altidore in a suite in Ohio last Tuesday, the pair of Toronto FC strikers watching helplessly as their team took on the Columbus Crew in the first leg of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference final.The Italian striker was suspended for the 0-0 tie, and he didn’t like being a spectator. That might be why the number of days between Giovinco’s last outing, in the conference semifinal against the New York Red Bulls, and his next, in the second leg against Columbus at BMO Field on Wednesday, is so engrained in the forward’s mind. “After 23 days, finally I play again.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!