On Monday afternoon, the ice dancing competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics came to a close as the ice dancing pairs took the ice one final time for the free dance. Entering the final routines, it was Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada that were atop the leaderboard and the clear favorites to bring home the gold.
Virtue and Moir were the first of the favorites to take the ice on Monday, and they delivered with a flawless routine that scored a 114.66 and put all of the pressure on Davis and White entering their final skate.
The score of a 114.66 was the personal best for Virtue and Moir, and also the highest score to ever be handed out in an international ice dancing free dance competition.
Davis and White were the final team to skate on Monday and it was described as Tara Lipinski as “pure perfection.” When the scores were read from the judges, the U.S. pair earned a 116.63 to break the international record set by Virtue and Moir and the gold medal in the Sochi Games.
With their first-place finish, Davis and White became the first ice dancing pair from the United States to win a gold medal.
Third-place and the bronze medal went to Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia.
A replay of this afternoon’s event will be available in prime time on NBC in the United States.
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