Kirsten Moore-Towers, Dylan Moscovitch 2nd in team pairs free
Canada remains 2nd to Russia in team event
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch kept Canada in strong Olympic medal contention for figure skating’s team event Saturday.
The Canadian pairs duo finished second in the team event free skate with a solid long program, posting a score of 129.74.
Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov won the event with a score of 135.09.
Italy’s Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek (120.82) were third.
Overall, Russia continues to lead the team event with 47 points. Canada stands second with 41 points, while the U.S., sits third with 34 points.
The team event concludes Sunday where the men's, women's and ice dance free skates will determined the medallists.
"The Russian team is strong, as are the Americans and all the teams here at the event," said Moore-Towers afterwards. "Usually we don't get an opportunity to be a team with the others.
"We knew the Americans and Russians would be very tough competitors. The Russian team was great today so that's why there was a bit more of a gap. But we did our part."
Moore-Towers, of St. Catharines, Ont., and Moscovitch, from Toronto, set the pace but couldn't hold off the Russians.
The Canadians nailed two side-by-side triple toe jumps at the beginning of their program. The performance continued to impress the crowd with the couple's trademark lifts. Moore-Towers then finished off an impressive triple Salchow jump.
But Moore-Towers and Moscovitch, who took over from teammates Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford following their short program, did leave points on the ice.
Moore-Towers stumbled on her first triple Salchow jump, then mishandled a hand exchange.
Moscovitch was upbeat about the event as a whole.
"All in all, it was a great day of figure skating," he said. "That's what you want to see in any sport at the Olympics. You can see that it is the Olympics, everybody is so well prepared. We're feeling good going into tomorrow and our team is looking good."
Still, it would have been hard for the Canadians to topple Stolbova and Klimov. The Russians, who haven't competed at a world championship event, were impressive, executing most of their jumps although Stolbova did misfire on a triple toe jump.