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Figure skaters Moore-Towers and Marinaro plan to compete together next season

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OTTAWA - Canadian figure skaters Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro will be competing together for the 2014-15 season.

Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., partnered up in late May, and have begun training with coaches Kris Wirtz and Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz.

"It's been really fun to work with Mike these past few days," said Moore-Towers. "Although we've known one another for many years, now we are going through the process of transforming from friends to partners.

"We've been working on our pair elements, the lifts, the throws, the twists and side-by-side jumps. As we're getting to know how one another skates, we're also looking at interesting and innovative entrances and exits, and just exploring what we can do together."

Added Marinaro: "We're just getting to know each other and trying to find our strengths. Everything right now is extremely new, but we're having tons of fun on the ice and I'm looking forward to the next season."

Moore-Towers, 21, competed at the Sochi Olympics in February with Dylan Moscovitch, 29, of Toronto. The two skated in the pairs free skate in the team event, finishing second and giving Canada nine points towards its second-place total of 65.

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