Canadian ice dancers Fournier Beaudry, Soerensen lead at NHK Trophy

Canadian ice dancers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen perform their rhythm dance program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2022 NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan, on Friday. (Yuichi Yamazaki/AFP via Getty Images - image credit)
Canadian ice dancers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen perform their rhythm dance program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2022 NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan, on Friday. (Yuichi Yamazaki/AFP via Getty Images - image credit)

Canadians Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen lead the way in the ice dance competition at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan.

Skating to Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine's "Conga," the duo scored 85.66 in the rhythm dance to stay just ahead of American counterparts Madison Chock and Evan Bates (85.00).

Competition continues Saturday, which streams live on CBCSports.ca and on CBC Gem.

WATCH | Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen waltz into lead at NHK Trophy:

Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen, who were ninth at the Beijing Olympics, won silver at the recent French Grand Prix. Skaters are assigned two Grand Prix events each, with the top six in each of the four events competing in the Grand Prix Final next month in Turin, Italy.

Canadian pairs skaters Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar are in third place after the short program.

McIntosh and Mimar had a score of 62.31 points to sit just behind Americans Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe, who had the second-best showing with 64.62 points.

WATCH l McIntosh, Mimar grab 3rd place:

Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan had 78.25 points to secure the lead.

WATCH l Miura, Kihara of Japan hold lead:

In the men's event, Japan's Sota Yamamoto has the lead after the short program, scoring 96.49 to stay ahead of fellow Japanese skater Shoma Uno (91.66). Canada's Stephen Gogolev is ninth, with 69.01 points after the short.

WATCH | Yamamoto jumps out to big lead:

South Korea's Kim Ye-Lim leads the women's event with a score of 72.22,.

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