Back and better than ever? Virtue, Moir impress

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir looked much like the same team that finished second at the Olympics in 2014. -Getty Images

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir looked like their old selves in their first competitive appearance since the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, posting a personal-best score for the short dance at the 2016 Autumn Classic International in Pierrefonds, Quebec.

Skating to a Prince medley (“5 Women,” “Purple Rain,” “Kiss”), the 2010 Olympic gold medalists earned 77.72 points on their way to taking a huge lead over the field. The Canadians, who took two years off from competition before announcing in February that they were returning this season, received Level 4’s for all five of their elements, and their Grades of Execution (GOEs) ranged from 1.08 to 2.42. The majority of their program components marks were 9.0 and above.

Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen, who won the bronze medal at this event two years ago, finished second. Performing their short to a couple of Elvis Presley songs — the sexy “You’re the Boss” and the fast-paced “A Little Less Conversation” — the Danish duo earned a Level 4 for their twizzles en route to registering a career-high segment mark of 63.26.

Kaitlyn Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U.S. slid in right behind the Danes, placing third with 62.70 points. They performed their short to a couple of songs that could not be more different: “Feeling Good” by crooner Michael Bublé and “How I Feel” by hip-hop artist Flo Rida. The highlight of their performance was undoubtedly their no touching midline step sequence, which garnered a Level 3 and a 2.20 GOE.

Isabella Tobias and Ilia Tkachenko of Israel sit fourth with 59.36 points.


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