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North American Showdown: Team USA Steals The Ice Dancing Gold Medal From Canadian Rivals

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02/17/2014 11:10 pm
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North American Showdown: Team USA Steals The Ice Dancing Gold Medal From Canadian Rivals
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Kaitlyn Elliott

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The Olympic ice-dancing competition came to an end today as American skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White competed against their Canadian on-ice rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir leaving one with the gold and the other, silver. The two couples have an unlikely relationship as they both train in the same complex under the same coach/choreographer Marina Zoueva. The two teams see each other almost every day and are constantly driven to work harder and be better than the other. The ice-dancing competition kicked off in Sochi on Sunday with the short dance. Davis and White lead the Canadians by 2.5 points with a record breaking score of 78.89.  When asked about the margin, Moir commented, "We feel like we can make it up…we know the team sitting beside us is going to bring a great skate tomorrow. We train with them every day, so it's a task. But we think we can do it." But in ice skating, every point counts and 2.5 points is a pretty wide margin. Moir and Virtue were definitely going to have to put on their best performance to beat the Americans. The final competition began today and after a long list of free dance performances, Moir and Virtue would take the ice right before the Americans who would have the final dance of the night.
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The reigning gold medalist duo skated a beautiful free dance and finished with a score of 190.99. But after finishing second to the Canadians in Vancouver, the American couple had their sights set on gold this year.
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A gold medal in ice dancing would bring the US their first gold medal in the sport. The two started and finished their dance flawlessly with a score of 195.52, beating their Canadian rivals by almost five points. Moir and Virtue had previously announced that this would be their final skate, as they would retire after 17 years of skating together. When asked if they would still be friends with their American counterparts, Virtue stated, "It's not likely we'll be calling each other every day…but I know when we see one another it will be like picking up from where we left off. This is a really special thing to have experienced together and that will keep us forever bonded."

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