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USA wins first ice dancing gold

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia - Two-time world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White have claimed a first Olympic figure skating ice dancing gold for the US with new world record scores.

Vancouver silver medallists Davis, 27, and White, 26, led all the way to take the title by 4.53 points on reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.

Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov won bronze after the free dance final at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Monday.

The Americans, who train with the Canadian dancers in Detroit, completed their medal set after their silver in Vancouver and team bronze in Sochi.

They scored 116.63 points for their free skate to Scheherazade — over two points higher than the previous record they achieved in the team event just over a week ago.

After already setting a new record in the short dance on Sunday they scored an overall total record of 195.52, beating their previous best from the Grand Prix final by over four points.

The Canadians scored 114.66 points for their skate to Petit Adagio, Waltz in Concerto No. 2 for an overall total of 190.99.

Ilinykh and Katasalapov had already won gold in the new team event in which the Canadians finished silver medallists and the Americans took bronze.

They scored 110.44 for their performance to Swan Lake for 183.48 overall.

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