Updated: Sunday, 12 January 2014 11:42 | By Agence France-Presse

Chan, Virtue, Moir win Canadian Figure Skating Championships titles

Three-time world champion Patrick Chan captured his seventh national title and reigning Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their sixth at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.


Chan, Virtue, Moir win Canadian Figure Skating Championships titles

Patrick Chan skates in the men's free program during the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, on January 11, 2014

Chan on Saturday secured his place as the man to beat at next month's Sochi Winter Olympics by scoring 188.30 points to win the free skate and taking the overall men's crown with 277.42 points.

Virtue and Moir served notice they will be tough to beat in defending gold next month at the Sochi Winter Olympics by taking the free skate with 117.87 points and claimed the overall crown with 194.03.

Kevin Reynolds was second in the men's event on 242.45 with Liam Firus third on 238.13, each of them booking a trip to Sochi next month as well.

In the ice dance, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje were second on 183.54 with Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam third at 170.64.

Kaetlyn Osmond won her second women's title in a row by taking the free skate final. The 18-year-old from Alberta, nagged by a torn hamstring and ankle injury in the past four months, won the free skate with 136.94 points.

Osmond, eighth at last year's world championships, claimed the overall title with 207.24 points.

"It's definitely the best I've ever skated," Osmond said.

Gabrielle Daleman, just 15 years old, finished second in the free skate on 124.09 to claim second-place overall on 182.47.

Former Canadian champion Amelie Lacoste, second after Friday's short program, settled for fifth in the free skate and fell to third overall on 166.69.

Reigning Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Moir and Scott Virtue were set to compete later in the final event.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, third at last year's worlds, won their third Canadian pairs title with a record 213.62 points with Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch second on 209.44. Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers were third on 176.31.

"Now we're going to the Olympics as three-time Canadian champions," Duhamel said. "It's such a cool feeling."

Skate Canada will announce the official Sochi lineup on Sunday, but with four champions repeating as Canada's best, those berths appear secure.

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