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Fournier Beaudry, Soerensen claim ice dance silver at Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Canadian national champions Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen collected silver in the ice dance event at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

The Montreal duo were second after Friday’s rhythm dance and concluded with a personal best score of 214.08 points following a season’s best performance in Sunday’s free dance (127.80).

Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen finished behind Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates (220.81), while fellow Canadians Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha claimed bronze (200.00).

“We keep improving and we are really pleased with how we performed here,” said Soerensen, headed to next month’s world championships with his partner. “We have the experience to know how to pace ourselves and we really pulled it off today.”

Lajoie and Lagha complete their season with podium finishes in their five international assignments.

“It feels amazing,” Lajoie said. “We really wanted to get on the podium in our last event. The next challenge for us is to find a program that we’ll enjoy even more.”

Chock and Bates also delivered a season’s best free dance, scoring 133.14 points to edge Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen.

It was their third title at the marquee event for non-European nations, and it underscores their status as the favorites to win the ice dance world title next month in Japan. Their biggest competition, Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, did not compete at Four Continents after winning their head-to-head meeting at the Grand Prix Final.

Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., moved from eighth after the rhythm dance to sixth overall with 171.35 points.

Canada concluded the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships with four medals.

Canada’s other medals were earned on Saturday. Keegan Messing earned silver in the men’s event and Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps added a bronze in pairs.

Steve Carr

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