Tumble costs local skater shot at Worlds

Michael Marinaro of the Point Edward Figure Skating Club and partner Kristen Moore-Towers came up short in qualifying for the World Championships, and have set their sights on a new season to begin in August. Copyright Skate Canada/Stephan Potopnyk.

Barry Wright

Michael Marinaro’s season came crashing down, literally, at the recent Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Halifax.

He and partner Krtisten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines took a terrible tumble in the opening ten seconds of their short program, putting an end to any hope of making Team Canada for the World Championships in Boston next month.

The pair needed to finish in the top three to qualify for the Worlds. They finished fourth instead.

“Our first element of our (short) program is our triple twist,” explained Marinaro, 24.

“I throw my partner up in the air, she spins three times and I catch her and bring her down. But we clipped blades on the way up. I brought her over my head and we both slammed (to the ice) very hard. We were both pretty shaken up and still are two weeks later.”

The turn of events was disappointing, but Marinaro said the couple has already mentally moved on from the fall and are beginning to build for the coming seasons, including the Olympics in South Korea in 2018.

Plans are in the works to add two new elements to their repertoire to create “some buzz” in the global skating community about them.

“We have an extra two months to the off season now,” said the product of the Point Edward Figure Skating Club.

“So, we’re just going to try and get a leg up on the competition and see how she plays out.”

Marinaro said he and Moore-Towers will be watching the World Championships intently and taking notes to determine what they need to do to close the gap with the top pairs skaters from other countries.

Meanwhile, although not confirmed by press time, Marinaro said plans were in the works for a skating exhibition to be held in Point Edward in April.