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Virtue, Moir forced to halt routine; finish second in Japan

Associated Press

2/10/2013 12:37:20 PM

OSAKA, Japan -- Canada's two-time world ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lost to American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White for the second consecutive competition.

Virtue and Moir had a strong start to their sizzling "Carmen" program, but had to stop about three minutes in when Virtue felt a cramp in her leg. The Canadians were able to resume a couple of minutes later.

"I just had some cramp in my legs to deal with. I'm glad we collected ourselves and kept pushing through the program," Virtue said.

Davis and White scored 187.36. Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., leaders after the short dance, scored 184.32.

"Tessa and I feel like as a team we have a lot of positive things this week, especially in our short dance," Moir said. "In the free dance, we were able to execute a lot of the elements that we've been struggling with in practice and a little bit at the national championships. Obviously there are a couple of things we want to work on going into the world championships."

Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States were third with 160.42 points.

Piper Gilles of Toronto and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., were fifth while Nicole Orford of Burnaby, B.C., and Thomas Williams of Okotoks, Alta., finished sixth.