Vanessa Crone, Paul Poirier win gold


KINGSTON, Ontario -- Canada's Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier have won the ice dance title at Skate Canada International for their first ISU Grand Prix title.

They trailed British siblings Sinead and John Kerr after the short dance, but the Canadians' performance to "Eleanor Rigby" on Sunday earned them the gold medal with 154.42 points.

The Kerrs took the silver with 149.80 and Americans Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein won the bronze with 139.05.

Crone and Poirier were seventh at the 2010 world championships. They are Canada's top-ranked dance team in the absence of Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Virtue and Moir withdrew from Skate Canada after Virtue had surgery for chronic pain in her legs.