Video: Tessa Virture and Scott Moir had hoped for a repeat of their ice dancing gold medal win at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. But despite a beautiful performance, the pair took home a silver. Eric Sorensen reports.
Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won silver in Sochi.
Virtue, 24, and Moir, 26, received 114.66 points in their free dance, for a combined total of 190.99 points overall. The defending champions skated a flawless free dance but were edged by American rivals Charlie White and Meryl Davis.
The American pair took home the gold with a score of 195.52, to become the first ever American gold medallists in this event. Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov won bronze.
Kaetlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., finished sixth with 169.11 while Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam of Barrie, Ont., were 17th with 138.70.
This is the third Olympic medal for the pair from London, Ontario. They won gold in ice dance in Vancouver and shared in the silver medal in the team figure skating event earlier in Sochi.
Virtue and Moir, two-time world champions, train with Davis and White in Canton, Mich., and share a coach in Russian Marina Zoueva.
Between them, the two North American teams have captured every international ice dance title since Virtue and Moir won Olympic gold four years ago in Vancouver.
The results have swung in the Americans’ favour over the last year, however, with Davis and White winning the 2013 world title and the Grand Prix Final in December.
With files from The Canadian Press