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Davis and White capture first-ever U.S. gold in ice dance

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Today, February 17, 2014 history was made as Meryl Davis and Charlie White captured the first-ever U.S. gold medal in ice dance at the Olympic Games.

It has been an exciting journey for this team as they have gone undefeated for almost two seasons, becoming the world champions in 2013 and now the new Olympic Champions.

Davis and White came into the free skate with a 2.56 record breaking lead from the short program and continued their brilliance. Skating passionately to Scheherazade, Meryl and Charlie poured out everything they had on the ice today. All of their hard work, sacrifice and training has finally paid off.

"Charlie and I keep looking at each other and saying, 'Its real,'" Meryl told the media.

The U.S. ice dance teams have been on the rise over the past decade beginning with Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow back in 1996, to Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev, and then continuing with Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto who won the silver which was the first U.S. ice dance medal in the Olympic Games back in 2006. Each ice dance team has built upon the next and it is Meryl and Charlie’s time to shine and make history.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White now have a gold from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, a silver from 2010 and a bronze from the team event. What an impressive and priceless collection they possess.

Ice dance in the United States has changed so dramatically and these Olympic Games are proof of that as not only did Davis and White capture the gold, but Madison Chock and Evan Bates came in eighth place and sibling team, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani came in ninth. Ice dancing has certainly come a long way as all of these American teams ended up in the top 10 at these Olympic Games.

Today was not as fulfilling for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the 2010 Olympic Champions who had to settle for silver. It was a disappointing and somewhat confusing finish for them as they struggle to figure out exactly why they came in behind Davis and White. There was some debate and controversy about their short program scores and it seems like the debate will continue regarding their free skate.

Capturing the bronze medal was Russia's, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, who skated a dramatic performance to Swan Lake. They defeated their countrymen Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, who were originally favored for the bronze along with French skaters Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat who also skated a strong free program.

It was an eventful day in ice dancing as history was made, speculations increased and rivalries were put to rest, at least for now.

The ladies will take to the ice on Wednesday, February 18 for their short program. Check out the top 10 Figure skating leading ladies to watch at the Olympic Games and stay connected as there is sure to be more drama, more tears and more joy.

Final standings:

GOLD - Meryl Davis/Charlie White USA - 195.52
SILVER - Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir CAN - 190.99
BRONZE - Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov RUS - 183.48
4. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat FRA - 177.22
5. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev RUS - 172.92
6. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte ITA - 169.50
7. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje CAN - 169.11
8. Madison Chock/Evan Bates USA - 164.64
9. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani USA - 155.17
10. Penny Coomes/Nicholas Buckland GBR - 151.11
11. Nelli Zhiganshina/Alexander Gazsi GER - 150.77
12. Julia Zlobina/Alexei Sitnikov AZE - 148.63
13. Sara Hurtado/Adria Diaz ESP - 146.97
14. Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri ITA - 144.78
15. Pernelle Carron/Lloyd Jones FRA - 142.87
16. Victoria Sinitsina/Ruslan Zhiganshin RUS - 140.66
17. Isabella Tobias/Deividas Stagniunas LTU - 139.00
18. Alexandra Paul/Mitchell Islam CAN - 138.70
19. Tania Kolbe/Stefano Caruso GER - 130.56
20. Danielle OBrien/Gregory Merriman AUS - 128.53

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