Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir made history in Vancouver Olympics
The pair from Ontario took gold ahead of Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States as world champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia took bronze after the free dance final at the Pacific Coliseum. This is really a great news to everyone, specially to their fans and to the people of Canada
Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir danced their way into history on Monday when they became the first North American couple as well as the youngest ever Olympic figure skating ice dancing champions.
The only previous ice dancing medal won by Canada was when Tracy Wilson and Robert McCall too bronze in Calgary 22 years ago.
Competing in their first Olympics, Virtue, 20, and Scott, 22, had the home crowd on their feet after their flawless free skate to Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
They finished 5.83 points ahead of their training partners White and Davis, who were also making their Games debut, and skated to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.
“We’ve dreamed about this for so long,” said Virtue, who had feared her career was over two years ago after surgery on her shins. “It’s been quite a journey – a bit rocky.
“There were times when we didn’t think we would get back on track and skating again, but this makes the victory even sweeter.”
The couple had taken the lead after Sunday’s original dance and seemed to make time stand still with their free skate, scoring 110.42 points to give them an overall 221.57.
Davis, 23, and White, 22, showed incredible speed on the ice but got a one-point deduction for exceeding the time limit on one of their lifts.
They scored 107.19 and 215.74 overall.