Tessa Virtue, 24, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 26, Ilderton, Ont., came out strong in their first international competition of the season. They took gold in the senior ice dance category at the Finlandia Trophy, a senior international competition in Espoo, Finland.

OTTAWA, ON: Tessa Virtue, 24, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 26, Ilderton, Ont., came out strong in their first international competition of the season. They took gold in the senior ice dance category at the Finlandia Trophy, a senior international competition in Espoo, Finland.

Virtue and Moir won the short dance with 67.23 points and then went on to win the free dance with 100.64 points, for an overall score of 167.87 Following the Canadians in second and third were Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the USA with 143.06 and Justyna Plutowska and Peter Gerber of Poland with 131.71.

The reigning Olympic champions will compete next in Saint John, New Brunswick later this month at the 2013 Skate Canada International from October 25-27, 2013 at Harbour Station. This will be Virtue and Moir’s first of two competitions on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Tickets are still available for the 2013 Skate Canada International and can be purchased online at www.harbourstation.ca, by phone at 506.657.1234 or toll free in NB, NS, PE and ME at 1.800.267.2800, or in person at the Harbour Station Box Office.

Louis Daignault