Figure skaters Kirsten Moore-Towers (centre, left) and Paige Lawrence of Virden (centre, right) laugh as they are joined by teammates (clockwise from top left) Dylan Moscovitch, Rudi Sweigers of Virden, Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue, Patrick Chan and Kevin Reynolds in Ottawa on Sunday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Virden’s Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers are on their way to Russia.
Skate Canada named the duo as one of the three pairs figure skaters it’s sending to the Olympics after Lawrence and Swiegers finished third at the national skating championships in Ottawa on Saturday.
Lawrence and Swiegers scored 114.64 points on their free program to place third with a score of 176.31. Quebec’s Natasha Purich and Mervin Tran were fourth at 170.40.
Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will also be off the Olympics to compete in the pairs event along with Ontario’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch.
Three-time world champion Patrick Chan and Olympic ice dance gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir headline a 17-member team that includes 14 first-timers.
The team is aiming for three medals in Sochi — in men’s singles, ice dance, and the new team event — which would match its best ever.
Canada is the favourite to win the team event, the first figure skating event of the Games.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 13, 2014