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Canadian silver medalists skaters disappointed with judges' decision

Sochi Olympic Silver medal winners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada are complaining about the split allegiance of their coach, Marina Zueva, who also coaches new Gold Medal Ice Dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, according to a Fox Sports release. When the coaching team of marina Zueva and Igor Shpilbank went their separate ways in 2012, the two top teams, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Meryl Davis and Charlies White, chose to stay with coach Marina.

Silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada celebrate on the podium February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada celebrate on the podium February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Scott Moir expressed their disappointment when he indicated that “we sometimes felt like [she] wasn’t in our corner.” He also indicated that some “odd things happen[ed]. We expected Marina to be on our team and work with us like in Vancouver.” No explanations were given as to what “odd things” occurred. One advantage to training at the same location in Detroit was that both teams knew what the other skaters were doing and what they were capable of doing.

Everyone can imagine the disappointment of not receiving a second gold medal. For instance, Shaun White came in as the favored to win gold. Although he tried his best, he had course issues and was unable to score high enough for the podium; a great disappointment indeed. Davis and White came in as favored to win the gold in Ice Dancing and their performance was flawless. When listening to the commentators for the Ice Dance event, it became obvious that the technical part of the program earns higher points, not the beautiful artistic elements. It was the level of the technical difficulty in addition to the artistic qualities that moved the Americans ahead.

Both couples skated to Russian music. While the Canadians performance was exceptional as well, it leaned toward a slower, more romantic routine. The Americans, on the other hand, performed an upbeat, yet still romantic skating routine. There was an intensity, passion, and excitement that was lacking from the Canadian performance. The U.S. skaters, according to the judges, were the most exceptional skaters.

Unlike American Idol, which combines the judges and viewing audience votes, the Olympic judges determine the scores for all competitors. This time, it was Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s performances (short dance and ice dance) that won them the gold medal – the first in Figure Skating Ice Dancing in U.S. history.

A breakdown of the scores can be had by viewing the released judges' scores.

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