Canada's Virtue/Moir win second Olympic gold in ice dance

France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are among favourites for the ice dance figure skating competition which opens Monday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

They won two golds in PyeongChang, including the team event, two silvers in Sochi four years ago, plus ice dance gold on home ice in Vancouver.

"Amazing. It was a special moment to come out last", said Virtue. "We were happy with our performances; we were content with our experience", she told Maclean's Magazine in an interview this year.

Canadian ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are ending their Olympic careers on top. "Maybe when we're sitting in our rocking chairs in our old age", Moir said. "We'll probably make an announcement in the coming days, but for us we just want to enjoy this right now and let the dust kind of settle and figure out what's next".

They roared to a world record in Monday's short dance, but still took a tiny 1.75-point lead over Papadakis and Cizeron into the free dance, despite Papadakis skating with a nipple exposed after the hooks on her dress came undone.

They won with a total score of 206.07, eclipsing the world record that had been set just moments before by French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who finished on 205.28. Humphries of Calgary is trying to become the first bobsledder, male or female, to win Olympic gold three times in the same event. The duo were visibly upset after they left the ice following the skate.

Cizeron said he was pleased with the pair's performance even if it was pipped for the gold.

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But we've known that ability around here for a long time - 20-plus years, really. "It's a really warm feeling".

Their close defeat was no surprise - Moir and Virtue trained alongside Papadakis and Cizeron in Montreal under the tutelage of legendary ice dancing coaches - husband-and-wife Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon as well as Romain Haguenauer.

Taking their second bronze medal of this Olympics, US siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani came third in the Ice Dance. "As Canadians, we were born on the ice". "I don't know if he liked me, but we just went along with it". "That was so special to us and we're going to return that favor", he said. "We didn't really think about results".

The gold was their fifth career Olympic medal, breaking a tie with Russia's Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom for the most in figure skating at the Winter Games, and their three golds 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". In the end, though, Virtue and Moir won their second gold of the 2018 Winter Olympics to go with the one they earned in helping Canada win the team championship last week. Their combined score of 192.59 was just enough to nudge American team-mates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, whose late miscue when Donohue but both hands down on a knee spin proved costly, off the podium. Hubbell and Donohue had jumped aboard in 2015, when they decided they wanted to train where there were no other American skaters competing for time. Her initial run of 94.40 put her in first place and she was the only skier who could top it, delivering a 95.80 that stood up for the win.

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