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Meryl Davis, Charlie White Win Ice Dancing Gold For U.S., Edging Canada's Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir

U.S. Wins First Ice Dancing Gold

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal in ice dance Monday, the first Olympic title in the event for the United States.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 champions, took silver. Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov captured bronze.

Davis and White won silver in Vancouver, but in the four years since have overtaken the Canadians, their training partners in Detroit.

The Americans scored 116.63 points in the free dance to finish with 195.52, 4.53 ahead of Virtue and Moir.

Davis and White started skating together in 1997, and on the biggest day of their career, they were nearly flawless. When the music from "Sheherazade" ended with White on a knee, Davis rested her head on White's back in exhausted elation.

"That in itself justified 17 years of hard work," White said of their performance.

As the music swells over the final minute of the program, their feet are in nonstop motion yet every movement is intricately choreographed. Their lifts are a blur as White spins across the ice with Davis held aloft.

They now have one medal of each color after winning bronze in the new team event in Sochi.

Virtue and Moir became the first North Americans to win Olympic ice dance gold at their home Olympics in Vancouver. Their free dance to Russian classical music Monday told the story of their partnership, which also stretches back to 1997.

In a performance at times tender and others triumphant, Moir kisses her hand at the start and several times throughout the program.

Ilinykh and Katsalapov were just ninth at last year's world championships but are now the latest Olympic ice dance medalists from Russia. She's only 19; he's 22. The home fans start cheering when the first few notes are played from "Swan Lake" in their free dance.

France's Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat were fourth.

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msdesertfox February 18 2014 at 6:49 AM

They weren't "unexpected winners" at all; they were favored beforehand and throughout, and deservedly so.

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Melissa ! February 18 2014 at 8:55 AM

i love ice skating :) such beauty!

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Blanche February 18 2014 at 10:59 AM

Davis and White it was beautifull, if you have a chance look in U-Tube at Torvilla and Dean 1984 Olympics dancing BOLERO

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sagepav10 February 18 2014 at 8:39 AM

Beautifull Sherezada Congratulations!!!!

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linjack39 February 18 2014 at 10:16 AM

Thumbs up to Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Thumbs down to NBC's Savannah Harper. No sooner had they won the gold medal, she was asking them this morning if they plan to compete in the Olympics four years from now. Give me a break!

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Pearl February 18 2014 at 8:16 AM

IT WAS ALL MARVELOUS

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tilly2live4 February 18 2014 at 10:59 AM

SOOOOOO elated!!! LOVED Davis & White throughout the games---- they were always our favorites from the first dance!
Totally mesmerizing, beautiful, spectacular talents!

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lindastanley04 tilly2live4 February 18 2014 at 8:05 PM

Meryl flights over the ice....not just executing the routine, but doing it with grace, form, ballet like ability.

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elaine11438 February 18 2014 at 11:02 AM

The ice dancing was beautiful and breathtaking to watch

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joan February 18 2014 at 7:22 AM

Davis and White were superb and deserved the gold. The Canadians were almost as good but not quite Kudos to these champions as well as many others, Do not overlook that the gold and silver medalists had the same trainer. Congratulations to him as well.

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lsheaffer February 18 2014 at 7:20 AM

Msdesertfox is absolutely correct: Davis and White deserved the gold. While Virtue and Moir are superb skaters and their performance was lovely, Davis and White performed flawlessly and with more flair and artistry. After their record-scoring short program, it was not unexpected that they would win.

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