Canada's Virtue-Moir Capture Ice Dance Gold

Russians knocked out of long-standing domination on podium
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 23, 2010 12:08 AM CST
Updated Feb 23, 2010 4:50 AM CST
Canada's Virtue-Moir Capture Ice Dance Gold
Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform their free dance during the ice dance figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Long after the arena emptied, ice dancer Scott Moir stole back onto the ice. Clutching his gold medal, he knelt down and kissed the Olympic rings at center ice. He and partner Tessa Virtue had knocked the Russians from their traditional perch atop the ice dance podium—only the third time since ice dance became an Olympic sport in 1976. "I'll probably wear it in the shower," Moir said. "I'm not going to take it off all week."

The medal-less Russian skaters won't have that option. Silver went to two-time US champs Meryl Davis and Charlie White, giving the United States back-to-back dance medals for the first time. Reigning world champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia were third. "North America has really come into its own in terms of ice dance," Davis said. "This Olympics is a little bit of a turning point again. It's really exciting to be a part of it." (More 2010 Vancouver Olympics stories.)

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