Pyeongchang 2018: Ice dance record set

The Thunderbird Sports Centre is no stranger to big events. File Phillipe Roberge

The Thunderbird Sports Centre is no stranger to big events. File Phillipe Roberge

But ice dancing gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir aren't a romantic pair, they say, much to the disappointment of everyone who has ever watched them skate.

"Amazing", said Virtue. "It was a special moment to come out last. It was a strong last group, there was a lot of pressure, but I'm so happy with how we performed".

The ideal storybook ending to an illustrious Olympic career for Virtue and Moir, who are still contemplating their future but will be satisfied if they opt to retire.

Added Moir: "If it is the end we are extremely pleased with that".

The Canadian pair scored a record 206.07 points, highlighted by their dramatic free dance set to the music of Moulin Rouge, to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. It's the first Olympic ice dance medal for France since 2002.

Canada's favourite couple that isn't a couple - the two maintain they're friends and "business partners" - have captivated viewers with their chemistry and storytelling on skates, a byproduct of a partnership that spans 20 years.

"We've worked for a very long time", Cizeron said, while they both agreed it was an awesome and near-perfect performance.

"We were so ready and trained, we didn't want to miss a moment of it. It's a really warm feeling". While Tessa took skating lessons at age 6 to avoid being embarrassed when she took field trips to the rink, according to NBC Olympics, Scott comes from a family of skaters.

"They're a once-in-a-generation talent, " said Patrice Lauzon, who along with his wife, Marie-France Dubreuil, coaches the Canadians and French at their school in Montreal.

South Korea qualified for a place in the Olympic women's curling semi-finals with a 9-6 win over the United States on Tuesday, as Canada's hopes of defending its gold medal hung by a thread following a 7-5 loss to China. Sure, he wanted to play hockey, but his older brother ice danced at the national level - with his cousin, to boot.


"It wasn't easy to get back on the ice today but I think we were ready for whatever after what happened yesterday", Cizeron said. "If we did the best we could, we were going to be satisfied". "It's unbelievable. I am so proud of the way we fought through this week and the season".

Their medal total broke a tie with Russia's Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom for the most in Olympic figure skating, and their golden haul matched the record shared by Grafstrom, Sonja Henie of Norway and Irina Rodnina of the Soviet Union.

He added: "We gave our all, that's why we were so emotional on the ice at the end". They won gold in Vancouver in 2010, they scored a silver medal in Sochi in 2014 and they just solidified their dynasty with yet another gold medal in PyeongChang. Hubbell and Donohue finished fourth overall.

The third American team, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, were also within sight of the podium after their short dance. They skated to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, a popular ice dance choice, but delivered a truly original interpretation. They uncharacteristically got caught up in each other's skates during a hard entry into a combination spin and tripped, costing themselves a two-point deduction. "In such a tough competition, there's really no room for error", said Hubbell.

You're going to do stuff like that and then claim you're not dating in real life? OK. We know what their goals are and we just support that. Obviously, 2010 we were in our own country.

Hey, we all remember the first boy we ever had a crush on.

"We're pretty disappointed. We know how critical it is to be mistake-free. It was really unfortunate".

"It's great", Kripps told the media.

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, competing as Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, finished in fifth, marking the first time an Olympics ice dance podium did not include a team representing Russian Federation in some form (i.e. the Soviet Union, Unified Team or OAR) since the discipline was added in 1976.

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