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Kirsten Moore-Towers

Kirsten Moore-Towers (born July 1, 1992) is a Canadian pair skater. Since 2014, she has skated with Michael Marinaro. Together they are the 2019 Canadian national champions, and two-time national bronze medallists. Competing internationally, they are the 2019 Four Continents silver medallists, and have won medals on both the Grand Prix and Challenger series, including gold at the 2019 Nebelhorn Trophy and 2017 U.S. International Classic. The two represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kirsten Moore-Towers
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro at 2017 Nationals.jpg
Moore-Towers and Marinaro at the 2017 Canadian Championships
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (1992-07-01) July 1, 1992 (age 27)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Home townWaterloo, Ontario
Height1.49 m (4 ft 10 12 in)
PartnerMichael Marinaro
Former partnerDylan Moscovitch, Andrew Evans
CoachBruno Marcotte
Former coachRichard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum, Kristy Wirtz, Kris Wirtz
ChoreographerJulie Marcotte
Former choreographerMark Pillay
Skating clubSaint Catharines SC
Former skating clubCPA St-Leonard, Kitchener-Waterloo SC
Training locationsOakville
Former training locationsMontreal
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Began skating1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total211.05
2019 Four Continents Championships
Short program74.66
2019 Four Continents Championships
Free skate138.59
2019 CS Nebelhorn Trophy

With former partner Dylan Moscovitch, Moore-Towers is the 2013 Four Continents silver medallist, 2014 Olympic team event silver medallist, and 2011 Canadian national champion.

Personal lifeEdit

Kirsten Moore-Towers was born on July 1, 1992 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.[1] She is the daughter of a steel company employee and a Sales Account Manager, and has a sister, Katie, who is eight years younger.[2] Since 2015, she is in a relationship with former Canadian figure skater Liam Firus.[3]

Early years in skatingEdit

Moore-Towers was introduced to skating at age two and a half by her mother.[4] She began pair skating around April 2008, teaming up with Andrew Evans.[5] They appeared at one ISU Junior Grand Prix event and placed fourth on the junior level at the Canadian Championships. The pair split after ten months together.[5]

Partnership with MoscovitchEdit

Moore-Towers and Moscovitch at the 2010 Skate America

2009–10 seasonEdit

In February 2009,[6] Moore-Towers teamed up with Dylan Moscovitch, who had trained at the same rink for several years.[2] Kris Wirtz and Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz coached the pair at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club in Waterloo, Ontario.[7][8]

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch debuted on the Grand Prix series at the 2009 Skate Canada International, placing sixth. They came fifth at the 2010 Canadian Championships, and thus did not qualify for the Canadian teams for the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 World Championships. They were instead sent to the 2010 Four Continents Championships in Jeonju, South Korea, where they placed ninth.

2010–11 season: National championsEdit

The pair initially received one Grand Prix assignment, the 2010 Skate America, but received a second, the 2010 Skate Canada International, after Jessica Dube / Bryce Davison withdrew.[5] They won silver at both events and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where they finished sixth.

At the 2011 Canadian Championships, Moore-Towers/Moscovitch placed first in both programs to win the Canadian national title, 16.29 points ahead of silver medallists Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford.[9] At the 2011 Four Continents Championships they placed fifth overall, after coming fifth in the short program and winning a small bronze medal for coming third in the free skate. In their debut at the 2011 World Championships, they placed eighth.

2011–12 seasonEdit

Assigned to two Grand Prix events, Moore-Towers/Moscovitch won bronze at both the 2011 Skate America and the 2011 Cup of China. At the 2012 Canadian Championships they placed third in the short program and fourth in the free skate, finishing off the podium in fourth despite being the defending champions. Moore-Towers fell on their three-jump combination, and both fell while exiting a lift, resulting in three fall deductions accrued during the free skate. She commented afterward: "I still love figure skating."[10]

2012–13 season: Silver at Four ContinentsEdit

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch began the season at the 2012 U.S. Classic, where they won the gold medal. They came fourth at their first Grand Prix assignment, the 2012 Cup of China, but went on to win silver at the 2012 NHK Trophy. These results qualified them for the Grand Prix Final for the second time, where they finished fifth.

At the 2013 Canadian Championships, they placed second in both programs to win the silver medal, behind Duhamel/Radford. At the 2013 Four Continents Championships in Osaka, Japan, they placed second in the first program and first in the free skate, again winning the silver medal behind Duhamel/Radford. Moore-Towers' fall on a throw triple loop prevented them from winning the title outright, which she called "a bit unfortunate."[11] This was the team's first (and only, as it would turn out) medal at a major international competition.

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch ended the season at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario, where they placed fourth after coming fifth in both segments.

2013–14 season: Sochi OlympicsEdit

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch repeated as gold medallists at the 2013 U.S. Classic, before turning to the Grand Prix series. They won a silver medal at the 2013 Skate America and bronze at the 2013 Rostelecom Cup, which qualified them for their third Grand Prix Final, where they again came sixth.

They won another silver medal at the 2014 Canadian Championships, and were named to the Canadian team for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Moore-Towers/Moscovitch were part of the Canadian team for the team event in Sochi, performing the pairs free skate portion, where they came second. Canada won the silver medal pverall.[12] In the pairs event, they came sixth in the short program and fifth in the free skate, to finish fifth overall.

In their final event together, the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, they finished fourth for the second straight year. They came third in the free skate, winning a bronze small medal. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch announced the end of their partnership on April 30, 2014, stating that they had different goals.[13]

Partnership with MarinaroEdit

Moore-Towers tried out with Michael Marinaro and Mervin Tran.[14] On June 3, 2014, Skate Canada announced that she and Marinaro had formed a partnership, coached by Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz at the Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club in southern Ontario.[15] Moore-Towers said that they were adjusting their technique on lifts, stating: "Mike's former partner is much taller than I am, so the technique is a bit different; he has to work in a different way."[14]

2014–15 seasonEdit

Having received two 2014–15 Grand Prix assignments,[16] Moore-Towers/Marinaro placed sixth at the 2014 Skate Canada International and seventh at the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard. They were fourth at the 2015 Canadian Championships and ninth at the 2015 Four Continents.

In March 2015, the pair relocated to Montreal, Quebec to train under coaches Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte.[17]

2015–16 seasonEdit

Moore-Towers/Marinaro began the 2015–16 season with a bronze medal at the 2015 U.S. International Classic – their first Challenger Series event. Competing in the Grand Prix series, they won bronze at the 2015 Skate Canada International and placed seventh at the 2015 Rostelecom Cup. During the short program at the Canadian Nationals, the two clipped blades as they began the twist lift, resulting in a hard fall.[18] They finished fourth for the second year in a row. On March 11, Moore-Towers/Marinaro were added to Canada's team for the 2016 World Championships after Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau withdrew due to injury.[19] They placed eighth at the event in Boston.

2016–17 season: National bronze medalEdit

Moore-Towers sustained a concussion during training in Montreal on August 3, 2016; as the pair practiced a jump combination, she fell in Marinaro's path and he collided with her head.[20][17] The pair withdrew from their Grand Prix assignments, the 2016 Rostelecom Cup and 2016 NHK Trophy. They returned to competition at the 2017 Canadian Championships, where they placed third. At the 2017 Four Continents Championships, they placed seventh. They finished the season at the 2017 World Team Trophy event, where both they and the Canadian team placed fourth.

2017–18 season: Pyeongchang OlympicsEdit

Moore-Towers and Marinaro at the 2017 Cup of China

Moore-Towers and Marinaro began the season at the US International Classic, where they won the gold medal. On the Grand Prix circuit, they placed sixth at the 2017 Skate America event and won bronze at the 2017 Cup of China. They again placed third at the 2018 Canadian Championships, qualifying them for a spot on the Canadian team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They placed eleventh at the Winter Olympics pairs competition.

Their season ended in dramatic fashion at the 2018 World Championships, where a disastrous short program from Séguin and Bilodeau resulted in Moore-Towers and Marinaro being the only Canadian pairs team to qualify for the free skate, having placed tenth in the short program despite Moore-Towers having an ankle injury that had impeded training for the World Championships. It was necessary for them to place no lower than tenth in order to qualify Canada for two pairs spots at the next year's world championships, placing additional pressure. The pair skated a new personal best, resulting in a fourth-place finish in the free skate and a sixth-place overall finish that also represented a personal best combined score. Moore-Towers commented: "We had a tough couple of weeks leading into this competition with not much training to rely on. We didn't have that same confidence, so this is a testament to how hard we worked all season."[21]

2018–19 season: National title and Four Continents silverEdit

Following the retirements of Duhamel/Radford and Moscovitch and his new partner Liubov Ilyushechkina, and the breakup of the team of Séguin/Bilodeau, Moore-Towers and Marinaro became the most prominent remaining Canadian pairs team.[22] Moore-Towers admitted in interviews that this additional pressure was a challenge during the summer months of preparation, and that in addition they could not train jumps or throws for much of that time due to her ankle recuperation.[23] They competed in two Challenger events, winning silver at both the Autumn Classic and Finlandia Trophy.

Competing on the Grand Prix, Moore-Towers/Marinaro won the bronze medal at the 2018 Skate Canada International, only 0.15 points behind silver medallists Peng Cheng / Jin Yang of China. Moore Towers remarked "it's hard to lose the silver medal on a fraction of a point."[24] At their second event, the 2018 NHK Trophy, they placed third after the short program, but a rougher free skate dropped them to fourth place, 0.83 points behind bronze medallists Alexa Scimeca Knierim / Chris Knierim of the United States. Marinaro said they were "disappointed with how this turned out."[25]

The two were heavy favourites going into the 2019 Canadian Championships, and prevailed, winning both the short and free programs decisively. Moore-Towers' eight-year gap between title victories was the widest in the history of the Canadian championships.[26][27]

Moore-Towers/Marinaro won the short program at Four Continents, earning a gold small medal, by skating a clean program while rival teams, China's Peng/Jin and Sui Wenjing / Han Cong, both fell.[28] They placed second in the free skate, and won the silver overall, only 0.06 points behind gold medallists Sui/Han. They received a negative Grade of Execution on their second lift that accounted for the points difference. Moore-Towers described it as "a little bit bittersweet", but that they were happy at the progress they had made.[29]

Competing at the 2019 World Championships, Moore-Towers/Marinaro placed fifth in the short program, despite Marinaro putting a hand down on their side-by-side jump.[30] They placed eighth in the free skate, and dropped to seventh place overall, in consequence of errors on both side-by-side jumps by Marinaro and Moore-Towers putting a hand down on a throw jump. She remarked: "Unfortunately, today was not our day."[31] The two concluded the season as part of Team Canada at the 2019 World Team Trophy, where they placed fourth among the six pairs teams, and Team Canada finished fifth overall.[32]

2019–20 seasonEdit

Following the decision by coach Bruno Marcotte to relocate to Oakville, Moore-Towers and Marinaro opted to follow Marcotte, partly because it allowed them to be closer to their hometowns in Ontario. They dedicated much of the summer training period to reworking their technique on the triple twist, hoping to achieve greater amplitude.[33] In their first event of the season, the Nebelhorn Trophy, they won the gold medal with first-place finishes in both segments.[34]

For their first Grand Prix, Moore-Towers/Marinaro were assigned to the 2019 Skate Canada International, placing second in the short program with a new personal best.[35] In the free skate, Marinaro made errors on both side-by-side jumps, but the team remained in second place, winning their first Grand Prix silver.[36] At the 2019 NHK Trophy, Moore-Towers/Marinaro placed second in the short program despite a side-by-side spin error from Marinaro.[37] They were second in the free skate as well, taking their second silver medal of the season and qualifying to the Grand Prix Final for the first time in their partnership.[38]


With MarinaroEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Hardrock Hotel
    by Mae Boren Axton and Tommy Darden
  • Un Ange Passe
    by Alain Lefèvre
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte
  • If I Can't Have You
    by Etta James
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte
  • It's a Man's Man's Man's World
    performed by Joshua Ledet

With MoscovitchEdit

Moore-Towers and Moscovitch at the 2013 Canadian Championships
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • A Motley Crew
    (from Micmacs)
    by Raphael Beau, Max Steiner

  • Micmacs
    by Raphael Beau, Max Steiner
  • Leyenda
    performed by Vanessa-Mae
  • Romanza Concertino in A minor
  • Malaguena
    performed by Brian Setzer

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With MarinaroEdit

Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 11th
Worlds 8th 6th 7th
Four Continents 9th 7th 2nd
GP Final 5th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP NHK Trophy WD 4th 2nd
GP Rostelecom 7th WD
GP Skate Canada 6th 3rd 3rd 2nd
GP France 7th
GP Skate America 6th
CS Autumn Classic 2nd
CS Finlandia Trophy 2nd
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
CS U.S. Classic 3rd WD 1st
Canadian Champ. 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 1st
Team events
World Team
4th T
4th P
5th T
4th P
WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result.
Medals awarded for team result only.

With MoscovitchEdit

Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Olympics 5th
Worlds 8th 4th 4th
Four Continents 9th 5th 2nd
GP Final 6th 5th 6th
GP Cup of China 3rd 4th
GP NHK Trophy 2nd
GP Rostelecom Cup 3rd
GP Skate America 2nd 3rd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 6th 2nd
U.S. Classic 1st 1st
Canadian Champ. 5th 1st 4th 2nd 2nd
Team events
Olympics 2nd
WD = Withdrew

With EvansEdit

Event 2008–09
JGP Mexico 10th
Canadian Championships 4th J
J = Junior level

Detailed resultsEdit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only. Current ISU personal bests highlighted in bold. Historical ISU personal bests highlighted in italics.

With MarinaroEdit

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
4–8 December 2019 2019–20 Grand Prix Final 6
22–24 November 2019 2019 NHK Trophy 2
25–27 October 2019 2019 Skate Canada International 2
25–28 September 2019 2019 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
11–14 April 2019 2019 World Team Trophy 4
18–24 March 2019 2019 World Championships 5
7–10 February 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 1
13–20 January 2019 2019 Canadian Championships 1
9–11 November 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 3
26–28 October 2018 2018 Skate Canada International 3
4–7 October 2018 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 3
20–22 September 2018 2018 CS Autumn Classic International 2
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19–25 March 2018 2018 World Championships 10
14–25 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 13
8–14 January 2018 2018 Canadian Championships 3
24–26 November 2017 2017 Skate America 7
3–5 November 2017 2017 Cup of China 4
13–17 September 2017 2017 CS U.S. International Classic 1
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
20–23 April 2017 2017 World Team Trophy 3
15–19 February 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 5
16–22 January 2017 2017 Canadian Championships 3
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships 10
18–24 January 2016 2016 Canadian Championships 4
20–22 November 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 7
30 October – 1 November 2015 2015 Skate Canada International 3
16–20 September 2015 2015 CS U.S. International Classic 2
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
9–15 February 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 7
19–25 January 2015 2015 Canadian Championships 4
21–23 November 2014 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard 7
31 October – 2 November 2014 2014 Skate Canada International 6


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