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Canadian duo win ice dancing with record score
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
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Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir held their nerve to become Olympic ice dance champions for a second time.

France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron led after a new free dance world record of 123.35.

But 122.40 for Virtue and Moir, who took silver in 2014 after winning gold in 2010, took their total to an overall world record of 206.07.

USA’s Maia and Alex Shibutani won bronze while Great Britain’s Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland came 11th.

Papadakis suffered a wardrobe malfunction during the short dance yet she and Cizeron still qualified in second place and finished with a total of 205.28.

That score was a new world record but Virtue and Moir broke it less than 15 minutes later to ensure the top three was a repeat of last year’s World Figure Skating Championships.

“It was a special moment to come out last,” said Virtue. “It was a strong last group, there was a lot of pressure, but I’m so happy with how we performed.”

Virtue and Moir helped Canada win gold in the team event last week before they topped qualifying for the ice dancing final with a short dance world record of 83.67.

They retired after Sochi 2014 but since returning in late 2016 they have lost at just one event, to Papadakis and Cizeron at the Grand Prix Final in December.

“We don’t know what the future holds quite yet but it definitely feels like we’re getting close to the end of our career,” said Moir.

“We’re just proud of our accomplishments at these Games. The goal was to win two golds but it’s a really intense competition, so we’re pretty happy with how things turned out.”

American pair Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were ranked third after the short dance but slipped to fourth overall.

After qualifying in 10th, Coomes and Buckland scored 101.96 from the free dance to give them 170.32 at their third and possibly final Winter Olympics.

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