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article imageOlympic Gold for Canada in Ice Dancing

By Caroline Menzies     Feb 23, 2010 in Sports
Vancouver - For the first time in Olympic history, a North American ice dancing team has won a gold medal, and they are Canadian. Tessa Virtue from London and Scott Moir from Ilderton, Ontario, soared to new heights tonight at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.
In a performance that was nothing short of magic, pairs icing dancing team Virtue and Moir skated circles around the competition, winning Canada's first ever Olympic gold medal in ice dancing, a sport dominated in the past by Russia.
Their best friends and training partners, Americans, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, won the silver, a full six points behind Virtue and Moir. Both teams train in Canton, Michigan, a three-hour trip from Virtue's hometown of London, Ontario. Virtue and Moir have been skating together for fourteen years.
The ice dancing competition consists of three components, compulsories, original dance and free dance. After the first part of the competition, Virtue and Moir were lagging, but their performance in the original dance propelled them into first place with a three point advantage over their closest competition. After the free dance, they were leading by six points. But even before the scores were even announced, everyone watching knew it was a gold medal performance, as the pair glided effortlessly through a breathtaking, complex final routine, that was also a beautiful and tender love story.
The bronze medal was won by Russians, Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, while the other Canadian team of Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier finished 14th.
Canadian gold medalists and ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
Canadian gold medalists and ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
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