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Chan, Virtue and Moir lead Canada into worlds

Reigning world men's champ, ice dancing silver medalists highlight Canadian contingent in Nice

Patrick Chan hopes to celebrate another title at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France.
Patrick Chan hopes to celebrate another title at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France. (Getty Images)

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By Skate Canada
(03/23/2012) - Skate Canada will send a total of eight entries to the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France, from March 26-April 1. The team will consist of 13 skaters, with three entries in ice dancing, two in men's and pairs, and one in ladies.

Leading the Canadian team is defending world champion Patrick Chan. Chan enters this event with a perfect season, tallying up gold at every event he has attended since October 2010. Most recently he picked up a gold medal at the 2012 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in his training city of Colorado Springs. He is coached by Christy Krall and Kathy Johnson.

Joining Chan in the men's discipline is Kevin Reynolds. He will make his third appearance at the world championships, having competed in 2011 and 2010, placing 20th and 11th, respectively. Reynolds recently won the silver medal at the Canadian championships and placed eighth at the 2012 Four Continents Championships in February. He is coached by Joanne McLeod at the BC Centre of Excellence.

Olympic ice dance champions and 2011 world silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will challenge for gold at their sixth world championships. Virtue and Moir have picked up medals at all of their events this year, including a gold medal at the 2012 Four Continents Championships. They train at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Mich., with their coaches Marina Zoueva, Igor Shpilband and Johnny Johns.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje are Canada's second entry in the ice dance category. The Canadian silver medalists are coming off a third-place finish at the 2012 Four Continents Championships. Weaver and Poje are coached by Pasquale Camerlengo, Angelika Krylova and Shae-Lynn Bourne in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill are the final entry in ice dance for Canada. This will be their first world championships. They previously competed at junior worlds in 2009, placing fifth. Ralph and Hill placed fourth at the Canadian championships, securing them a spot in Nice. The duo trains out of Scarboro FSC and is coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs.

In the pairs discipline, 2012 Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will make their second appearance at this event. In 2011, they placed seventh, and most recently they placed fourth at the 2012 Four Continents Championships. The team is coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte at CPA Saint-Léonard in Montreal, Quebec.

Canada's second entry in pairs is Jessica Dubé and Sébastien Wolfe. The 2012 Canadian silver medalists have only been competing together for a season and have already made an impression internationally. This season, they placed sixth at Skate Canada, fifth at Trophée Eric Bompard and eighth at the Four Continents Championships. Dubé and Wolfe are coached by Annie Barabé at CPA Sorel-Tracy.

Amélie Lacoste is the sole entry in the ladies category for Canada at the event. This will be her second trip to the world championships; she placed 16th in 2011. The newly crowned Canadian champion also competed at the 2012 Four Continents Championships and placed seventh. Lacoste is coached by Nathalie Martin, Sylvie Fullum and Denis Beaudoin at CPA Saint-Léonard in Montreal, Quebec.