Canada’s Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps lead after pairs short program at Quatre Continents

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Canadian pair skaters Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps are in the lead after Thursday’s short program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai, China.

The duo scored 69.48 points to move to the top of the leaderboard ahead of Friday’s free skate.

Japanese Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara are in second place with 65.61 points, ahead of Americans Chelsea Liu and Balazs Nagy (61.90).

Fellow Canadians Lia Pereira and Trennt Michaud (59.89) are sixth, while teammates Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Ethier (58.50) are eighth.

The pairs free skate begins Friday at 11:45 p.m. ET.

WATCH | The Canadians lead after the short pairs program:

The Canadian duo Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps take the lead at the Four Continents

2023 ISU Four Continents bronze medalists Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps hold first place after the pairs short program at the 2024 event in Shanghai.

Among the men, Thursday in Shanghai, Yuma Kagiyama took the lead after the short program. The Japanese skater scored 106.82 points for his performance, with teammate Shun Sato being the next closest competitor with 99.20 points.

WATCH | Kagiyama takes the lead:

The Japanese Yuma Kagiyama takes the lead of the Four Continents

Yuma Kagiyama reached the century mark, scoring 106.82 points to lead the men’s short program at the ISU Four Continents Championships in Shanghai.

Wesley Chiu was the top Canadian skater in the short program, finishing sixth with a score of 83.50.

Japan’s Mone Chiba leads after the women’s short program, with a score of 71.10 to beat South Korea’s Kim Chaeyeon (69.77).

Canada’s top finisher in the women’s short program was Madeline Schizas, whose 61.57 points placed her in ninth place.

WATCH | Chiba leads on four continents:

Japanese Mone Chiba leads on the Four Continents after a short program

Mone Chiba of Japan scored 71.10 in her short program to take an early lead at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai.

The Four Continents ice dance competition begins Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET, followed by the women’s free competition Friday at 2:50 a.m. ET.

CBC Sports is live streaming all the action from Shanghai, with coverage available on CBC Gem, CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app. Click here for the full broadcast schedule.

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