Since teaming up in February 2009, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch have been one of the most exciting teams in pairs’ figure skating thanks to their energetic programs and sensational lifts. Known for having a great sense of humour and being hard workers, they will head to their first Olympic Winter Games amongst the teams aiming for the podium after finishing fourth at the 2013 World Championships.
Moore-Towers and Moscovitch had skated at the same club with their former partners. When both became available, they had a tryout and found they were a good fit. That was not too surprising as they had often played around by switching partners during practice sessions.
The duo made their international debut together at Skate Canada in the fall of 2009 and went on to finish fifth at their first national championships. In 2010-11 they enjoyed their breakthrough, winning a pair of silver medals on the Grand Prix circuit, making them one of the six teams to qualify for the Grand Prix Final. They also won their first national title before finishing eighth at their first world championships.
Their 2011-12 season did not go as planned when they finished fourth at the Canadian championships and were not included on the world championship team. But they rebounded in 2012-13, particularly in the latter half of the season when they won silver at the Canadian championships and the Four Continents Championships, finishing closely behind fellow Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford at both events. By finishing one spot behind the bronze medallists Duhamel and Radford at the 2013 World Championships, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch give Canada a strong 1-2 punch heading towards Sochi 2014.
4th at 2013 World Championships… 2013 Four Continents Silver Medallist… 2011 Canadian Champion… 2013 and 2014 Canadian Silver Medallist…
Getting Into Sport: First skated at 13 months with his parents after he had just learned to walk… Has wanted to be an Olympic champion as far back as he can remember… Outside Interests: A certified instructor of Krav Maga, a self-defence system used by the Israeli Defence Forces that was developed for combat not competition… Had done karate as a kid, then in his late teens started doing kung fu… Got into Krav Maga after moving to Waterloo because there was a school near his apartment… Enjoys other sports including hockey and baseball… Odds and Ends: Coaches Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz and Kris Wirtz were two-time Canadian champions who competed at two Olympic Games together (Lillehammer 1994 and Nagano 1998)… Really good friends with fellow pairs skater Eric Radford, who he has been competing against 2002… Likes to listen to movie soundtracks like Rocky to get pumped up for competition… Performs with The Icemen, an all-male synchronized skating team that raises money for breast cancer research at the Princess Margaret Hospital… Favourite Olympic memory is watching Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win ice dance gold at Vancouver 2010…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISU World Championships: 2013 – 4th; 2011 – 8th