Virtue and Moir win NHK Trophy to book GP Final spot


He told national broadcaster NHK, a co-organiser of the event, that he was focusing on the Olympics.The national championships serve as the final trial to decide which skaters go to the Olympics."Truly, there is only little time left before the Pyeongchang Olympics".

"We had a quick week turnaround from Skate Canada to here, so we had to be strategic about the improvements we wanted to make in each program", Virtue said.

Russia's Olympic silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov came second while their teammates Kristina Astakhova/Alexei Rogonov placed the third.

The Grand Prix series consists of six events and culminates in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Nagoya, Japan, in December - the last competition featuring the world's top skaters before the February 9-25 Olympics.

With the victory Virtue and Moir, who won their seventh Skate Canada title last month with a record score, booked their place at the December 7-10 Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan.

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Skating to the music of Hallelujah, Sui/Han scored 79.43 points with level-four moves highlighted by a huge throw triple flip, a side by side triple toeloop and triple twist.

She claimed the gold with an overall total of 224.39 points.

16-year-old Polina Tsurskaya of Russian Federation pulled off a clean program in free skating and took the bronze with a total of 210.19 points.

A victory this week in Osaka would add to the one they picked up two weeks ago at Skate Canada International, where they made their first Grand Prix appearance of the season.

The 22-year-old superstar was injured on Thursday when he fell while attempting a quadruple lutz and injured the lateral ligament in his right ankle.