Virtue, Moir win ice dance as games face new doping case

Virtue and Moir look to end 20-year career with Olympic gold

I think that's something that shows how strong this team is and how resilient we are.

A couple of hugely successful days for Canada sees them sitting third in the overall medals table with eight gold. "That was the story we were telling, so I'm happy that you fell in love with that".

In what is nearly certainly their final appearance on the world stage, the Vancouver 2010 champions looked destined for silver after French rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke their own free dance (123.35) and combined mark with a 205.28 effort.

Virtue and Moir completed two breathtaking routines on Tuesday, with a short dance set to Latin, samba and cha-cha music.

"They were just as loud this time around as they were every other time". "We want to make sure we had our own moment and we're proud of that", Moir said.

"Well, that's such a compliment that you feel that when you watch us skate", Virtue gracefully responded.

American brother-and-sister act Maia and Alex Shibutani were third, more than 13 points behind on 192.59 after managing 114.86 in the free dance.

They're the most decorated figure skaters - EVER.

"I am thrilled with this competition", said Virtue afterwards, who also won gold with Moir at Sochi in 2014.

Papadakis said Tuesday's performance had, made their Olympic debut special. South Korea brought home gold in the ladies' 3000m relay, but it was Netherlands' placing in the bronze-medal position that was all the more intriguing. "We've never skated that way before", she told a news conference.

The Vancouver Olympic champions performed another sensual routine to the soundtrack from Moulin Rouge for a season-best free score of 122.40 points and a total of 206.07.

Asked about going back into retirement, Moir said, "If it is the end we are extremely pleased with that. But that's the scoring system".

Kim Eun-jung's foursome became the first Korean rink to reach the Olympic semifinals and they could be followed into the last four by Japan (5-3) which continues to occupy a play off spot despite an 8-6 loss to Britain. Their previous best was 118.33 points when they finished second to Gabriella Papadakis and Guilliaume Cizeron of France at the 2017 ISU Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan.

But it is how they went about it that stole our hearts and assures their place in Canadian lore. The French skate a simpler style favouring elegance and long lines.

Virtue and Moir, who are known for their passionate - sometimes overly so, according to some observers - performances, train up to 35 hours a week together in Montreal, under coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, and Romain Haguenauer.

But this time was different. "They're a once in a generation talent".

One tweeted: "I need to emotionally prepare for this".

With one incredible performance, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue ice danced their way into history.

They tied legendary Sonja Henie - an Olympic champion in 1928, '32 and '36 - for the most gold figure skating medals.

PyeongChang would be an incredibly high note for Virtue and Moir to finish on.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung sharply reduced its OLED display production
Feb 21, 2018 - 07:48
According to the Nikkei , "weak demand" for the iPhone X has led Apple to reduce production of the flagship smartphone. Sources told Nikkei that Samsung's display arm will likely see a profit decline in the first half of 2018.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Partial-Coverage Health Plans to Get Gov't Boost
Feb 21, 2018 - 07:48
That wouldn't be a problem next year, when repeal of the ACA requirement that most Americans have coverage takes effect. The agency is also asking for comment on whether the plans should be guaranteed renewable and how that might work.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Latvian ECB official won't resign, rejects bribes report
Feb 21, 2018 - 07:47
It says Mr Rimsevics has been demanding payments since 2015 and threatening tougher regulation if the money was not forthcoming. Rimsevics denied the allegations at a news conference earlier in the day and said he would not resign from his post .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top PM Modi snubbing Canadian PM Trudeau? Government denies allegations
Feb 21, 2018 - 07:45
More than a dozen Indian Canadian MPs are expected to join Trudeau in India for some or all of the seven-day trip. Amarinder Singh alleged that some of Justin Trudeau's ministers were "Khalistanis".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Merkel to tap rumored successor for top party role
Feb 20, 2018 - 20:26
The delegates of the SPD would once again vote on the latest coalition agreement and the result is not due until March first week. In the event of a no vote, expect intense lobbying from CDU senior figures for Merkel to form a minority government.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Poland PM's comments on 'Jewish perpetrators' not Holocaust denial - government statement
Feb 20, 2018 - 20:24
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the law as an attempt to rewrite history and Holocaust denial. An anti-racism group in Poland, Never Again, said it was "appalled" by Morawiecki's visit to the grave.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top German journalist released in Turkey
Feb 20, 2018 - 20:24
Nevertheless, he advocated maintaining a relationship of partners between Germany and Turkey . A Whitehall source said that it was a "visible show of partnership".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump to Meet Netanyahu in March: WH
Feb 20, 2018 - 20:23
Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said Netanyahu should quit and 40% said he should not. The prime minister's assertions come amid mounting tension in the region.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New Zealand wins toss, bowls in tri-series T20 vs. England
Feb 20, 2018 - 20:20
If he picks up a niggle or he's overly stiff we're not going to risk him just for the sake of him playing because he's back. However, today we would like to talk about the fifth match of the tournament which was between Australia and New Zealand .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top West Brom quartet apologise in statement after alleged Barcelona taxi theft
Feb 20, 2018 - 20:18
Salomon Rondon quickly countered for West Brom but Southampton held on to record their second win at Albion in two weeks. Evans and Barry were named in manager Alan Pardew's starting line-up for the 15:00 GMT match at The Hawthorns .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Flu Blamed for 84 Child Deaths This Season — CDC
Feb 20, 2018 - 20:15
On Thursday, the CDC announced that the current flu vaccine is preventing sickness in around 36 percent of vaccinated Americans. These vaccines are specifically targeted at the strains, in particular the mutation, that took so many lives previous year .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Giroud, Willian on target as Chelsea thrash Hull City
Feb 18, 2018 - 06:32
To win in the league, and then the FA Cup , was very important for our confidence, and to prepare in the right way for Barcelona. Rudiger had little to worry about but was coolness personified as he played a part in the team keeping a clean sheet.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tremors felt across the United Kingdom as magnitude 4.4 natural disaster strikes
Feb 18, 2018 - 06:19
The tremor - with a magnitude of 4-point-4 - struck around 20 kilometres north of Swansea just after two-thirty this afternoon. Many people took to Twitter to ask "what was that?" Mountain Ash Golf Club reported a trophy was dislodged from its cabinet.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Search for SC girl after officials say mom beaten in home
Feb 18, 2018 - 06:17
Police had released a sketch of a person of interest, but they no longer believe the person in that poster is the suspect. At that point, the suspect gave the little girl to the police chief, telling them he had to get his ID from the vehicle .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran President Rouhani says will adhere to nuclear deal commitments
Feb 18, 2018 - 06:11
The comments were made in a meeting between Iranian President Rouhani and Prime Minister Modi in the Indian capital on Saturday. India is trying to develop Chabahar as a way to gain access to the markets of central Asia as well as Afghanistan.