Virtue, Moir win for 3rd career gold

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir lead ice dance after setting world record in short dance

For Virtue, 28 and Moir, 30 this was a fifth medal to go with their Vancouver gold and silvers they won in the team and ice dance at Sochi, and gold in last week's team event in Pyeongchang.

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took home the gold medal in the second and final night of the Olympic ice dancing competition Tuesday morning (Monday evening stateside). "As soon as [we fell] we knew there was no way. We owed it to ourselves and our choreographers and our team to keep going and put out the rest of the performance".

"Amazing", Virtue said. "It was a special moment to come out last".

Muramoto said, "I think it is the most composed we have been this season and were able to nail all our elements so I am really satisfied". France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron recorded a world-best 123.35 in the long program to finish second with a combined score of 205.28.

Canadian ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are ending their Olympic careers on top.

"That's the handsome thing about figure skating. We'll probably make an announcement in the coming days, but for us we just want to enjoy this right now", said Moir.

They floated across the ice in ideal harmony, every step of their samba and rhumba in flawless unison, to break their own record for a short program with 83.67 points.

The differences between the two couples are easily summarised by their music choices for the free skate event at the Winter Olympics.

American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, known as the "Shib Sibs", won bronze after entering the free dance in fourth.

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Kaitlyn Weaver of Toronto and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., were seventh, one spot ahead of Piper Gilles of Toronto and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont. They also have a team silver from Sochi and gold at Pyeongchang, won last week.

"We're going to wait until the dust settles after the Olympic Games", said Moir.

Their medal total broke a tie with Russia's Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom for the most in Olympic figure skating, and their golden haul matched the record shared by Grafstrom, Sonja Henie of Norway and Irina Rodnina of the Soviet Union.

A personal-best performance on Sunday placed the pair in great position to walk away with at least a medal, but competition threatened Virtue and Moir's ultimate goal of gold.

Papadakis said Tuesday's performance had, made their Olympic debut special.

The two medals boosted Canada's total to 19 (eight gold, five silver, six bronze), good for third in the overall standings. "We've never skated that way before", she told a news conference.

Gold was far from a sure thing heading into Tuesday's free dance.

Yet Papadakis and her partner, Guillaume Cizeron, still came in second place with a final score of 81.93, behind Canada's Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue's score of 83.67.

When it came time for the free skate - the premier event in ice dancing - there could be no costume slip-ups. Their sharply choreographed show to "Paradise" by Coldplay made up the two-hundredths of a point they trailed Hubbell and Donohue after the short dance.

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