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Olympic Ice Dance: Canada’s Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir offer elegance (photos)

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The Olympic Ice Dance competition gave fans at Sochi’s Iceberg Skating Palace a glimpse of elegance on Sunday. The ice dance gets under way with the short programs and once again Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir set the bar very high. The Olympic athletes are the pair to beat for the competition and according to the Sochi Olympics on Sunday they scored 76.33 and qualified for the next round.

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have been in a battle for first place against the American pairs couple Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Almost as big of a rivalry as the USA and Canadian hockey team, the pairs have battled on the ice for the top spot and never wavered to their commitment to the sport. According to the Washington Post on Sunday, the rivals have the same coach and train at the same Michigan ice rink.

With so much riding on the performances, the Olympic fans seem to get the best of both worlds. The competition bar has been set much higher and athletes are performing tricks on the ice that most viewers find very impressive.

Take a look at Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on the ice. Their performance was strong, but was it good enough to beat the Americans? On Monday the views will have that answer when the medals are handed out.