Four years after they finished second to training partners and chief rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White turned the tables by winning ice dancing gold at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi on Feb. 17.
Davis and White, who are the reigning World, U.S. national, and Grand Prix Final champions, entered the Sochi Games expected to battle it out with Virtue and Moir for the top prize. The first round went to Davis and White, who set a new world record short program mark of 78.89 with their Derek Hough-choreographed "My Fair Lady" dance. Virtue and Moir wound up a distant second with a mark of 76.33, and the disappointment on Moir's face as Davis and White's score was revealed, as shown by NBC's cameras, was unmistakable.
Virtue and Moir struck back during the free dance round, however, posting a new world record mark of their own (114.66) to claim first place. But their excitement didn't last long, as Davis and White, who closed out the competition, did them one better by scoring a whopping, never-before-seen 116.63 to take the gold medal and put an exclamation mark on their long-time partnership. Virtue and Moir had to settle for silver, while Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov took the bronze. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates placed eighth, while Maia and Alex Shibutani finished ninth.
Davis and White are the first Americans to ever win Olympic ice dancing gold.
Figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi continues Feb. 19 with the ladies' short program round, featuring Americans Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, and Polina Edmunds.