FIGURE SKATING: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the U.S. skates during their ice dance practice session at the ISU Grand Prix at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse in Quebec City. The competition will start on December 9. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger
Chan, the silver medalist the past two years, scored 187.96 points in the free skate Thursday for a total of 280.98. Those broke Daisuke Takahashi’s previous records, set at Four Continents in 2008. Chan also set a record in the short program, his 93.02 points Wednesday topping Evgeni Plushenko’s old mark.
Japanese national champion Takahiko Kozuka won the silver and Artur Gachinski of Russia took bronze in his first appearance at the world championships. (Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images)
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir haven’t missed a beat. The Canadian Olympic gold medallists and defending world champion ice dancers, competing in their first event since last March, are in top spot after Thursday’s short program at the ISU Four Continents figure skating event.
“It’s a great start,” said Virtue. “We weren’t sure what to expect. The moment we stepped on the ice for practice, we had that spark and drive. We’re hungry for it, for sure. It doesn’t take that much to get right back into the competitive feel.”