Virtue and Moir cruise to seventh Skate Canada title
It was another golden moment for three-time world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as the pair sealed their seventh Skate Canada international title.
Putting up a world record score, the Canadian duo dazzled in their Ice Dance performance as the 2010 Olympic champions collected a level four for the lifts, fast twizzles and the spin to earn an overall total of 199.86.
And Moir revealed the pair were feeling the nerves before their final sequence at the competition in Regina.
Moir said: "We were anxious, we were a little nervous. "We wanted to perform well because this is a program we are emotionally attached to and we felt the pressure. We wanted to put on a show and start the year with a bang and it translated well."
Teammates Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje edged out American pair Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue to secure a one-two for the home nation.
"In an Olympic year we feel it's very important for us to state our case immediately," Weaver said.
"There was a lot of dusting off to be done and the rules had changed as well, so we had to update several things. But ultimately this is the best we can be and this program, we feel, is very representative of ourselves and our team."
Elsewhere two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford soared to gold in the Paris Free program.
"We felt really good when we came into the rink to perform," Duhamel said. "We have been training the long program so well, so we had a lot of confidence in the mileage that we had put into that Free Program over the last few weeks at home."
Meanwhile, Kaetlyn Osmond took gold in the ladies event as she overcame two stumbles to clinch victory against rivals Russia’s Maria Sotskova and Ashley Wagner of the USA.
"I am absolutely happy with how it went, but in my long program I definitely have some work to do," Osmond said.
"Overall, it was my best performance of the season, although some of the jumps did not work out very great."