TAIPEI CITY – Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver smashed their personal best score en route to the silver medal in ice dancing on Thursday at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U.S. won the gold medal with 174.29 points. Soucisse and Firus, third after the short dance, followed at 164.96 bettering their previous best of 154.60 set this past October. They overtook Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed of Japan, third at 163.86
‘’We’re pretty ecstatic,’’ said Firus. ‘’The goal coming in was a medal and we accomplished that. We’re psyched and super pumped right now.’’
Sarah Arnold and Thomas Williams of Vancouver were eighth and Haley Sales of Burnaby, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Langley, B.C. ninth.
In men’s competition after the short program, Nam Nguyen of Toronto is the top Canadian in seventh spot. Elladj Baldé of Montreal is 12th and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C. 13th.
‘’I felt really good with the skate,’’ said Nguyen. ‘’The practices have been a little bit rocky this week so to put out such a solid performance for everybody is a great feeling and I hope to continue this for the long program.’’
Shoma Uno of Japan is first.
Competition continues Friday with the pairs and women’s free programs. The men’s free skate is Saturday.
Full results: ISU Four Continents Championships 2018