Kirsten Moore-Towers

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Kirsten Moore-Towers
Kirsten Moore-Towers Dylan Moscovitch 2010 Skate America.jpg
Moore-Towers and Moscovitch in 2010
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (1992-07-01) July 1, 1992 (age 26)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Home townWaterloo, Ontario
Height1.49 m (4 ft 10 12 in)
PartnerMichael Marinaro
Former partnerDylan Moscovitch, Andrew Evans
CoachBruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum
Former coachKristy Wirtz, Kris Wirtz
ChoreographerJulie Marcotte
Former choreographerMark Pillay
Skating clubCPA St-Leonard
Former skating clubKitchener-Waterloo SC
Training locationsMontreal
Former training locationsKitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Began skating1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total204.33
2018 World Championships
Short program71.26
2018 Skate Canada
Free skate133.84
2018 World Championships

Kirsten Moore-Towers (born July 1, 1992) is a Canadian pair skater. In May 2014, she formed a partnership with Michael Marinaro. With former partner Dylan Moscovitch, she is the 2013 Four Continents silver medalist, 2014 Olympic team event silver medalist, and 2011 Canadian national champion.

Personal life[edit]

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 an Sales Account Manager, and has a sister, Katie, who is eight years younger.[2]

Early years in skating[edit]

Moore-Towers was introduced to skating at age two and a half by her mother.[3] She began pair skating around April 2008, teaming up with Andrew Evans.[4] 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.[4]

Partnership with Moscovitch[edit]

Moore-Towers and Moscovitch at the 2010 Skate Canada

In February 2009,[5] 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.[6][7]

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch debuted on the Grand Prix series at the 2009 Skate Canada International, placing sixth. In the 2010–11 season, 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.[4] They won silver at both events and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where they finished sixth. They then won the Canadian national title.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Moore-Towers/Moscovitch were part of the Canadian team for the team event. They performed the pair's free skate and Canada won the silver medal.[8]

Moore-Towers and Moscovitch announced the end of their partnership on April 30, 2014, stating that they had different goals.[9]

Partnership with Marinaro[edit]

Moore-Towers tried out with Michael Marinaro and Mervin Tran.[10] 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.[11] 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."[10]

2014–15 season[edit]

Having received two 2014–15 Grand Prix assignments,[12] 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.[13]

2015–16 season[edit]

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 7th 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.[14] 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.[15] They placed 8th at the event in Boston.

2016–17 season[edit]

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.[16][13] 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[edit]

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."[17]

2018–19 season[edit]

Following the retirements of Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford and Moscovitch and his new partner Liubov Ilyushechkina, and the breakup of the team of Seguin/Bilodeau, Moore-Towers and Marinaro became the most prominent remaining Canadian pairs team.[18] 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.[19] They competed in two Challenger events, winning silver at both the Autumn Classic and Finlandia Trophy.


With Marinaro[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–19 [20]
2017–18 [21]
  • 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 Moscovitch[edit]

Moore-Towers/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


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

With Marinaro[edit]

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

With Moscovitch[edit]

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 Evans[edit]

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


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