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Ellenton skaters 6th, 9th at worlds

TURIN, Italy — U.S. champions Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett, who train at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, are in sixth place after the short program Tuesday in the pairs competition at the world figure skating championships.

Fellow Americans Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig, who also train in Ellenton, are in ninth place.

“Going into the Olympics, Jeremy had an injury and we were limited on some of the training we were able to do,” Denney said, referring to a pulled muscle in Barrett’s rib cage. “When we got home from the Olympics, we were able to train and get back to our normal, daily regimen, so we were much better prepared coming into this competition.”

Olympic silver medalists Pang Qing and Tong Jian skated a flawless and elegant program to take the lead.

Pang and Tong earned a season-best 75.28 points for their short program, the same “The Pearlfishers” that they skated to in Vancouver. The 2006 world champions are two points ahead of Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov.

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