Local pairs finish 8th, 9th at Worlds

Manatee County's Olympic pairs skaters -- Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett, and Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig -- finished eighth and ninth, respectively, Wednesday at the 2010 ISU Figure Skating World Championships in Torino, Italy.

Denney and Barrett improved on their ninth-place finish from a year ago by posting a season-best free skate with a score of 172.47.

Evora and Ladwig scored 165.96 in the free skate.

Denney and Barrett placed 13th, and Evora and Ladwig 10th at last month's Winter Olympics. The pairs were the only U.S. pairs representatives sent to Torino, the site of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

The four skaters currently train at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.