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October 17, 2009

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Virtue, Moir lead ice dance

WORLD championship bronze medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada took an early lead yesterday in the Trophee Bompard after dominating the ice dance compulsory program.

Virtue and Moir, seen as one of Canada's top hopes for a figure skating medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, will try to extend their lead in the original category later in the day in Paris.

The Canadian pair scored 38.41 points. British siblings Sinead Kerr and John Kerr were second with 36.13 points, ahead of French pair Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat with 35.53.

First time

Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates of the United States finished fourth after their waltz, with 31.11 points.

This is the first time the Trophee Bompard has opened the six-event ISU Grand Prix, which traditionally starts with Skate America.

Skaters collect points toward a place in the Grand Prix final in December in Tokyo, Japan.

Yesterday's program also features the men's, women's and pairs short.

In the women's field, world champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea will try to claim her first win this season. Mao Asada of Japan, the 2008 world champion, is also competing.

Former world champion Brian Joubert of France is seen as the main contender in the men's event.


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