Canadian champions and reigning World bronze medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the original dance with a stylish and passionate flamenco to take a sizeable lead going into the free dance tomorrow evening. U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White are currently in second, trailing by just over two points. Both teams leapfrogged over World champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who now sit in third.
Related: Photos from the original dance
Related: Compulsory dance recap
Backed by an enthusiastic home crowd hoping for Canada’s first Olympic ice dance gold, Virtue and Moir put out the best original dance they have skated all season. They skated a flawless flamenco, delivering precise and difficult footwork that filled the rink. The highlight was an inventive lift toward the end of the program that wowed the crowd. They scored a personal best and season leading 68.41 for their effort, giving them a total of 111.15 going into the free dance.
Skating first in the final group of dance teams, Davis and White were also clean in their trademark Indian folk dance, a program that has impressed judges and audiences alike around the world. They also scored a personal best, earning a 67.08 to put them 2.60 points behind the Canadians. That point difference may seem small, but in the ice dance world, where the top teams are only separated by very little, their deficit may very well be insurmountable. But Davis and White are still close enough behind that they have a chance of winning the gold.
With toned down costumes, Russians Domnina and Shabalin skated their controversial Aboriginal original dance in the second to last group after leading the compulsory dance. Controversy aside, their dance is not technically nor component-wise as strong as those of the top two teams. Even after dropping from the top spot, they are solidly in third and are poised to win their first Olympic medal after placing ninth in Torino.
Reigning Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto remained in fourth after their Moldavian folk dance. Their character of their original dance was frantic, which did not fully allow the audience to fully immerse themselves into the dance as they did with the top two teams. They scored a 62.50, putting them just over three points behind the Russians. They still have a shot at the podium, as their free dance this season is stronger than that of the Domnina and Shabalin.
European silver medalists Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali are in fifth with a total of 100.06 and 2008 World champions Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder are in sixth with a 96.67. The third American team, Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, moved up to 11th going into the free dance.
The ice dance competition concludes tomorrow evening with the free dance.
DANCE (after the original dance)
1. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir CAN – 111.15
2. Meryl Davis and Charlie White USA – 108.55
3. Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin RUS – 106.60
4. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto USA – 103.33
5. Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali ITA – 100.06
6. Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder FRA – 96.67
7. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat FRA – 96.12
8. Sinead Kerr and John Kerr GBR – 93.78
9. Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski RUS – 92.75
10. Alexandra Zaretsky and Roman Zaretsky ISR – 89.62
11. Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates USA – 85.36
12. Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte ITA – 84.58
13. Anna Zadorozhniuk and Sergei Verbillo UKR – 83.89
14. Nora Hoffman and Maxim Zavozin HUN – 83.12
15. Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev RUS – 80.47
16. Cathy Reed and Chris Reed JPN – 80.30
17. Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier CAN – 79.31
18. Christina Beier and William Beier GER – 76.73
19. Xintong Huang and Xun Zheng CHN – 74.25
20. Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland GBR – 72.01
21. Allison Reed and Otar Japaridze GEO – 68.87
22. Kamila Hajkova and David Vincour CZE – 63.73
23. Irina Shtork and Taavi Rand EST – 56.94
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