VANCOUVER, British Columbia --
White and Davis were wonderful, scoring a personal-best 107.19 points while delivering a fast, energetic -- if slightly frenetic -- program to music from
But it was the Canadians' night.
Skating two slots behind their good friends -- both teams skate out of the Detroit Skating Club and are coached by
Sensing they might have just witnessed Canada's fifth gold medal of these Games, the crowd --most of whom were in some sort of red jersey with a maple leaf on the chest -- gave the duo the loudest ovation any skaters had received all week, as Moir and Virtue embraced at center ice. Then their scores came up: 110.42, easily a personal best and the highest given to any ice dancing couple this year. Their lead over Davis and White was a comfortable 5.83 points.
Of course, there was still the third-place Russian dancers to come, the defending world champions. You never know in the whacky world of ice dance judging what lies ahead.
The judges, fortunately, preferred the dancing the crowd had been treated to over the wrestling, and awarded the Russians a modest 101.04 points, landing them firmly in third, just ahead of the fourth-place U.S. team of
Virtue and Moir's was a win for ice dancing. A win for Canada. And a win for the team that earned the gold. That doesn't always happen in this sport.