Canadians earn Olympic gold in ice dancing, U.S. hockey wins

Ann Santiago
February 23, 2018

In what is nearly certainly their final appearance on the world stage, the Vancouver 2010 champions looked destined for silver after French rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke their own free dance (123.35) and combined mark with a 205.28 effort. "We're pretty happy with how things turned out, that's for sure".

"She's actually hilarious. I think some people would be surprised", said Moir.

With Tuesday's triumph and their win in the team event last week, the pair now have five Olympic medals, including three golds.

Their time at Pyeongchang possibly marks the end of a love story which has led them to being one of the most decorated and charismatic skating teams in the world.

They entered the final portion of the competition up by nearly two points on the French pair of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

It adds to their gold from the team event last week, their gold at Vancouver 2010 and their two silvers from Sochi 2014.

Papadakis and Cizeron struggled in their short programme on Monday after the top of Papadakis's costume came loose, and were 1.74 points behind the Canadians entering Tuesday's free dance.

The Canadian pair started skating together when Virtue was seven and Moir was nine, according to the official PyeongChang website. Papadakis fell into Cizeron's arms crying before they left the ice.

"We're grateful for the legends that came before us, they really paved the way". "So we trusted ourselves and we needed to believe in that program so it felt so good to really execute that in the moment".

"Today we did something we never thought we could do".

Regardless of whether they hang up their competitive skates or not, Tessa and Scott's legacy will never melt away. They jumped just ahead of American teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue, who finished fourth.

"To have four skates on Olympic ice that we can be extremely proud of and to come away with two Olympic medals for Team USA and ourselves and everyone that has supported us, it's nearly indescribable".

Victory capped an incredible comeback for 28-year-old Virtue and 30-year-old Moir, who retired after the Sochi Games but returned to dominate the sport and make their case for being the greatest ice dancing duo of all time.

"It was wonderful to finally have that Olympic moment because four years ago in Sochi we left with a lot of experience, but still yearning to have that really special moment on Olympic ice that we've grown up watching".

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