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Virtue & Moir ready to gamble

By Pritha Sarkar SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir belong to an exclusive Olympic club, having won gold on home ice in Vancouver in 2010, but it has not stopped the Canadians rolling the dice again at this month's Sochi Games. Only one pair has previously captured two Olympic ice dance titles - Russians Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov in 1994 and 1998 - and it was a feat beyond British greats Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Figure skating: Lipnitskaia, 15, leads Russian 1-2 at Europeans

Fifteen-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia became the youngest woman ever to win the European figure skating title on Friday, a result which she believes should give her one of the coveted berths on the Winter Olympic team of hosts Russia. The skater from Ekaterinburg broke down in tears after grabbing gold in her first major competition ahead of compatriot Adelina Sotnikova, 17, with five-time winner Carolina Kostner of Italy taking bronze after falling in the free skating final.

Figure skating: Russian pairs lead at Europeans

World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia opened their pairs title defence by dominating the short programme at the European figure skating championships in Budapest on Friday. The two-time titleholders hold a comfortable 7.22-point lead on Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, four-time world champions and Olympic bronze medallists, going into Sunday's free skating final.

German pair clinches No. 1 in ISU GP Finals

TOKYO, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- German pair Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy won the pair's title in the International Skating Union Grand Prix Finals after contests of pair's free skating on Saturday. The Germans were placed the first in the free skating with 147.57 points and claimed the pair's title with a total of 227.03 points that combined their performances of free skating and short program on Friday.

Figure skating: German pair upset Russian rivals at GP

Germany's former world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy came from behind to beat reigning world and European title holders Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia in the pairs event at the Grand Prix Final Saturday. Going out with a 3.19 point-lead from Friday's short programme, Volosozhar fell in a side-by-side triple salchow and touched the ice in the middle of what would have been a triple-double combination.

Figure skating: German pair upset Russian rivals at GP

Germany's former world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy came from behind to beat reigning world and European title holders Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia in the pairs event at the Grand Prix Final Saturday. Going out with a 3.19 point-lead from Friday's short programme, Volosozhar fell in a side-by-side triple salchow and touched the ice in the middle of what would have been a triple-double combination.

Figure skating: Davis, White win GP Final by whisker

World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States narrowly outpointed Canada's Olympic gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to win a fifth straight Grand Prix Final ice dance title Saturday. Going out with a hair-thin 0.07-point lead from Friday's short programme, Davis and White dazzled with breath-taking moves in the free dance, featuring lifts and steps to the music of "Scheherazade" by N. Rimski-Korsakov.

(Sports)Pairs' overall standings of ISU GP Finals on Friday

(Sports)Pairs' overall standings of ISU GP Finals on Friday TOKYO, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The following are the Pairs' overall standings of the International Skating Union Grand Prix Finals hold in Fukuoka, Japan on Friday: 1. Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV Russia 82.65 2. Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY German 79.46 3. Qing PANG / Jian TONG China 75.40 4. Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD Canada 73.07 5. Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG China 68.87 6. Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH Canada 68.77

Figure skating: Next stop Fukuoka in Chan quest for Olympic gold

World champion Patrick Chan's next step in his bid to become Canada's first men's Olympic figure skating champion takes him to Fukuoka where he will face his Japanese rivals after a golden start to the season put him through to next month's Grand Prix final. The 22-year-old set world best scores on his way to claiming his second Grand Prix gold of the season at the Trophee Bompard in Paris to book his ticket to the final in Japan from December 5-8 after also winning Skate Canada.

Figure skating: Chan, Wagner lead way in Paris

Three-time world champion Patrick Chan warmed up for his Olympic challenge with a record-breaking performance as American Ashley Wagner led the women's event at the Trophee Bompard figure skating Grand Prix in Paris on Friday. Chan, 22, scored a world record 98.52 points for his short programme to Rachmaninov's 'Elegie in E Flat Minor' to put him ahead of Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu (95.37) going into Saturday's free skating final. Defending champion Wagner stole the show in the women's event with an error-free performance to Pink Floyd's 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond'.
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