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Russians Alexander Smirnov and Yuko Kawaguchi Lead Skate Canada after Pairs Short Program

I haven't been able to figure out how to this on Icenetwork yet, but Russian pair Alexander Smirnov and Yuko Kawaguchi have the lead with a 65.02 after the short program at Skate Canada. American Champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker continue their success by placing second with a 60.66, while the Canadian pair Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison, favored by many to win, are slightly behind the Americans with a 60.14. For some reason, I was able to see the Canadians online and they did well, a bit out of sync on their spins. However, they apparently have a spiral footwork issue, according to the Canadian Press, so it cost them some points:

The pair was docked marks for their spiral footwork that varied slightly from the judging requirements.

"We found out we had a problem coming here and it was too late to change it," Davison said. "Sometimes the rules get vague for everyone and there's grey areas that we're not totally sure about. All of a sudden we get here, and we're not really sure. Today we stuck with what we had and if we had an extra day or two we probably would have changed it."

Americans Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent are in fourth place with a 53.94. If I find some articles that describe competitors other than the Canadians, I'll let you know!!!