Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Patrick Chan, Virtue and Moir Lead Rostelecom Cup after First Day

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Patrick Chan, Virtue and Moir Lead Rostelecom Cup after First Day

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Chan, Virtue and Moir lead Rostelecom Cup

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MOSCOW - Patrick Chan's artistry compensated for popping the back end of the his opening jump combination and put Canada's two-time world champion well into the lead Friday after the short program at the Rostelecom Cup.

Canada's Olympic and world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lead after the short dance.

American Gracie Gold narrowly heads the women's field.

Chan, who finished second at Skate Canada International two weeks ago, was nearly nine points ahead of his nearest rival, despite turning a planned triple after his initial quad toe into a single. The 21-year-old from Toronto blamed the mistake on nerves, saying "I always feel shaky" when skating last.

"The quad is the jump that really dictates the rest of the program, he said. "But I actually felt a little shaky going into it today and not as relaxed as I was in practice. I was a little off balance going into it."

Chan said his program was an improvement over Skate Canada, which marked his first major international loss in nearly two years.

"My short program felt really good," said Chan. "At Skate Canada there was something missing and it just wasn't solid. I got right back into work on it after that event and everything today, my Lutz, Axel and most importantly the quad, were on."

In ice dancing, Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., changed the lift that gave them trouble at Skate Canada.

"It was overall much stronger than at Skate Canada," Virtue said. "We improved a lot of areas at the technical level and produced a program which reflected how we had been doing it in training. We are certainly going to keep working on creating something different with our lift for later in the season."

Nicole Orford of Burnaby, B.C., and Thomas Williams of Vancouver are seventh.

Russia's Konstantin Menshov was second in the men's short program after an unexpectedly strong performance. …

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