(February 23, 2010) – There must have been gold dust all over the ice last night at the Pacific Colisieum in Vancouver. Tessa Virtue from London, ON and Scott Moir from Ilderton, ON made history with their performance, earning them not only Canada’s first Olympic gold medal in ice dance but a first for North America. Virtue and Moir are also the youngest team to earn an Olympic gold medal in ice dance.
The pair skated a breathtaking free dance to Mahler’s 5th Symphony which earned them a personal best combined score of 221.57.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White from the United States placed second with a total combined score of 215.74. The team train with Virtue and Moir in Canton, MI.
Oksana Dominina and Maxim Shabalin representing Russia received the bronze medal.
Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier from Aurora and Unionville skated a very strong free dance which earned them 14th place.
Figure skating competition continues tonight in Vancouver with the women’s event. Joannie Rochette and Cynthia Phaneuf will skate their short programs.