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Virtue, Moir headline Canada's entries at worlds

Olympic ice dance champions will skate in Torino

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will take the ice at the 2010 World Championships in Torino.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will take the ice at the 2010 World Championships in Torino. (Getty Images)

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(03/18/2010) - OTTAWA -- Canada will send an experienced team to the 2010 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Torino, Italy. The event will run from March 22-28, 2010 at the Palavela arena, the same venue used for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Canada will have eight entries at the event for a total of 12 skaters and will compete in each of the four disciplines: men's, ladies, pair and ice dance.

Two-time Canadian champion and 2009 world silver medalist Patrick Chan, 19, Toronto, Ont., will represent Canada in the men's category. He recently finished fifth at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Chan splits his training time between the Granite Club in Toronto and Colorado Springs. He is coached by Lori Nichol and Christy Krall.

The second entry in men's is Kevin Reynolds, 19, Coquitlam, B.C. He is coming off a successful bronze medal performance at the 2010 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in early February. This will be his first time competing at the senior world championships. Reynolds trains at the BC Centre of Excellence with his coach Joanne McLeod.

Cynthia Phaneuf, 22, Contrecoeur, Que., will compete in the ladies discipline. She just finished in 12th place at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. She placed 15th at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in 2009. Phaneuf is the 2010 Canadian silver medalist and is coached by Annie Barabé and Sophie Richard at the CTC Training Centre in Contrecoeur, Que.

Also in the ladies category is Myriane Samson, 21, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. She is the 2010 Canadian bronze medalist. She picked up an eighth place finish at the 2010 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. This will be her debut performance at the senior world championships. Samson is coached by Nathalie Martin and Danièle Robillard at CPA St. Jean and CPA Saint-Léonard.

Canadian pair champions Jessica Dubé, 22, St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Que., and Bryce Davison, 24, Huntsville, Ont., will lead off the entries in the pairs discipline. The team placed sixth at this year's Olympic Winter Games. In 2009 they placed seventh at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, and in 2008, they won bronze. Dubé and Davison train in Contrecoeur, Que., and are coached by Annie Barabé, Sophie Richard, and Yvan Desjardins.

The 2010 Canadian silver medalists Anabelle Langlois, 28, Hull, Que., and Cody Hay, 26, Edmonton, Alta., are the second entry for Canada in pairs. They placed ninth at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Their last placement at worlds was in 2008, when they placed eighth. Langlois and Hay train out of the Mariposa School of Skating and are coached by Lee Barkell.

2010 Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue 20, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 22, Ilderton, Ont., enter the event as the team to beat. They won bronze at the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and captured silver in 2008. Virtue and Moir train at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Michigan with their coaches Marina Zoueva and Igor Shpilband.

The second Canadian ice dance team is Vanessa Crone, 19, Aurora, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 18, Unionville, Ont. Crone and Poirier competed at their first Olympics in Vancouver and placed 14th. In 2009 they placed 12th at this event. They are coached by Carol Lane, Jon Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Donna Iijima at Scarboro FSC.

The team leaders at the event will be Skate Canada's Director Business Development, Debbi Wilkes and Cynthia Ullmark. The medical staff at the event will be Dr. Bob Brock and physiotherapist Bruce Craven.