United States skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White were so outstanding in the short program Sunday that they have a 2.5-point lead in the battle for a gold medal in the Sochi Winter Olympics ice dancing event.
A 2.5-point lead after the short program is equivalent to a three-goal lead after one period in an Olympic hockey game. It is not insurmountable but Davis and White would have to stumble and the second place Canadian pair of Tessa Cirtue and Scott Moir would have to skate their best long program in international competition for the Americans to lose the gold medal..
Davis and White finished first with 78.89 points, Cirtue and Moir.were second with 76.33 and the Russian duo of Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov finished in third with 73.04 points. Davis and White attend the University of Michigan and train in Canton, Michigan. They were silver medalists in 2010 Winter Olympics.
Team USA and the state of Michigan also placed two other pairs in the top 10 of the Ice Dancing short program. Madison Chock and Evan Bates were 8th with 65.46 points and brother-sister duo Maia and Alex Shibutani were 9th with 64.47 points.