Michael Marinaro continues rise in figure skating world

Troy Shantz

Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro and partner Kirsten Moore-Towers used a personal best free skate to win a bronze medal in pairs skating at the Cup of China.

The Canadian pair was fourth after the short program but after scoring 194.52 in the free-skate vaulted into third on Nov. 4.

It was the second career Grand Prix medal for the pair, who continue to improve as a team.

“We definitely know we have more than that,” Marinaro told Skate Canada. “We’re going to go back for the next three weeks and plan to put out an even higher number for our next event.”

World champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han won gold and Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang won silver at the Beijing event, which is the third stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit.

Marinaro, 25, got his start at the Point Edward skating club and won several international medals at the junior level, including silver at the Junior World Championships in Milan in 2013 with former partner Margaret Purdy.

Moore-Towers suffered a concussion early last season, but the pair went on to win bronze at the Canadian national championships in Ottawa.

Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro and partner Kirsten Moore-Towers won bronze in China.
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