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Canadian figure skating stars won't be at 2014 Worlds

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According to Skate Canada in a teleconference call on Monday, Canadian Olympic silver medalists Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario will not compete at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

Virtue and Moir, who won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and a silver medal in the team event and the ice dancing competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, along with Chan, who won a silver medal in the team event and the men's competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, will be participating in figure skating shows over the next while.

They did not however announce their retirement on Monday and Chan even expressed interest in participating in future World Figure Skating Championships, with a goal of winning the fourth of his career.

With Virtue, Moir and Chan deciding not to compete, Piper Gillies of Toronto and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ontario will replace Virtue and Moir in ice dance and Elladj Balde of Pierrefonds, Quebec will replace Chan in the men's competition.

It is interesting to note that Olympic ice dance gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis will also not be competing.

The 2014 World Figure Skating Championships will be from March 24-30.

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