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Virtue and Moir place second in Olympic ice dance after short program

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Matt Stockman, Getty Images

According to the Sochi 2014 website, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in second place after the short program in the Olympic ice dancing competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Virtue and Moir, the reigning Olympic gold medalists for Canada from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, registered a total score of 76.33 points. They are 2.56 points back of Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White for the gold medal, 3.29 points up on Russians Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov for third, and are 3.55 points up on Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat for a medal.

Virtue and Moir nailed an element on Sunday where they struggled over a week ago in the short program of the ice dancing team competition. The element was the twizzles, an element where Virtue simply could not deliver with excellence.

According to former Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Tracy Wilson, who is working for NBC, it was the best performance Virtue and Moir had all season, and one might think if they perform similar in the long program on Monday (TSN, 8:00 a.m.), they will push Davis and White for the gold medal.