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Sports Canadians Moore-Towers, Marinaro win pairs bronze at Cup of China

17:57  04 november  2017
17:57  04 november  2017 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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Kirsten Moore - Towers (born July 1, 1992) is a Canadian pair skater. In May 2014, she formed a partnership with Michael Marinaro . With former partner Dylan Moscovitch, she is the 2013 Four Continents silver medalist, 2014 Olympic team event silver medalist

Michael Marinaro (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian pair skater. In May 2014, he formed a partnership with Kirsten Moore - Towers . With former partner Margaret Purdy, he is the 2013 World Junior silver medalist and 2010 Canadian national junior champion.

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BEIJING — Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro produced a personal best free skate to win the bronze medal on Saturday in pairs to conclude the Cup of China figure skating competition – the third stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit.

It was a 1-2 Chinese finish. World champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han took the gold with 231.07 and Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang were second at 205.54. Moore-Towers and Marinaro, fourth after the short program, followed at 194.52.

"We did a clean skate although we missed some levels," said Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont. "So to still get a personal best, we feel pretty good about that."

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The Cup of China joined the series in 2003, replacing the event in Germany. The competitors are selected by invitation only. Silver. Bronze . Kirsten Moore - Towers / Michael Marinaro .

Canada 's Kirsten Moore - Towers and Michael Marinaro skated to a personal-best score of 133.84 in the pairs free skate en route to a sixth-place finish at the world figure skating championships in Milan, Italy. The skaters from St. Catharines, Ont., and Sarnia, Ont., respectively, entered Thursday.

It was a second career Grand Prix medal for the Canadian pair and first since 2015.

"We definitely know we have more than that," added Marinaro, from Sarnia, Ont. "We’re going to go back for the next three weeks and plan to put out an even higher number for our next event."

In women’s competition, Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., dropped from first after the short to sixth overall.

"It was nowhere near where it was when I competed it three weeks ago," said Daleman, 19. "There’s a lot more room for improvement. All I can do is go back home and get ready for Skate America (her next event)."

Alina Zagitova of Russia took the gold, Wakaba Higuchi of Japan was second and Elena Radionova of Russia third.

There was a lot of bouncing around in the men’s standings after the free skate. Mikhail Kolyada of Russia jumped from third to first for the gold. Boyang Jin of China remained second and Max Aaron of the U.S. surged from fifth to third winning the free skate.

Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., moved from 10th to eighth with the seventh best long.

"The free program was more of an indication of how I’ve been practising," said Reynolds. "It’s been going very well in training but just a bit disappointed today with my opening loop attempt in competition."

The next stop on the circuit is the NHK Trophy November 10-12 in Osaka, Japan.

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