Roman Sadovsky wins the Challenge, his only event of the figure skating season

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Roman Sadovsky won the virtual Skate Canada Challenge, his only competition in a season erased by COVID-19.

The 21-year-old from Vaughan, Ont., the leader after the short program, landed a pair of quad jumps in his free skate to Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars," scoring 262.01 points overall.

Nam Nguyen of Toronto was second with 256.43, while Toronto's Corey Circelli won the bronze (235.50).

The Challenge is virtual and pre-recorded. Skaters performed their programs for a video crew in their home rinks over the last few weeks, and those programs were broadcast — and judged — over the past two weekends.

The Challenge is the only event for virtually the entire Canadian team due to the global pandemic.

Skate Canada International in October was cancelled, then the Canadian championships next month in Vancouver were cancelled amid the pandemic's second wave.

The world championships last March in Montreal were one of the first major international events erased by COVID-19.

Keegan Messing, the only Canadian to compete in a Grand Prix this season - he was third in men's singles at Skate America - didn't compete in the Challenge.

Madeline Schizas won the women's single title on Saturday, while Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro won the pairs title awarded last weekend.

The ice dance concludes later Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2021.

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