Figure Skating

Jon Massie - Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 10:48 ET

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir 2nd in team ice dance short skate

American pair beat out Canadian rivals

Short dance - Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN)
Short dance - Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN)
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It's not easy staying on top at the Olympics, as Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir quickly found out on Saturday.

In what promised to be a close contest between figure skating arch-rivals, the American pair of Meryl Davis and Charlie White edged out Virtue and Moir by a slim margin to win the ice dance short program in the team event.

Davis and White scored 75.98 for their routine, while the Canadians finished with a total of 72.98. The Russian tandem of Dmitri Soloviev and Ekaterina Bobrova followed with a score of 70.27, good for third place.

The Canadians were docked points for a small technical error during one of their twizzle sequences, but Virtue was pleased with their quick recovery.

"I might have lost a little bit of speed up to the first one. It wasn't a mental lapse. I actually recovered. I stayed on the same foot."

Virtue added that she feels they are at the top of their game right now, despite feeling a little nervous before beginning their routine.

"They're good nerves. It's a huge advantage to be well trained and we're really happy with the way we've been training."

With the win, Davis and White earned the maximum 10 points for the U.S. team. Virtue and Moir earned nine points for 2nd place, while Soloviev and Bobrova scored 8 total points for finishing 3rd.

The ice dance team event wraps up on Sunday with the free skate, where Virtue and Moir will attempt to come from behind and exact some revenge on their American opponents.

Canadian pair focused on strong team result

Moir insisted that he and Virtue are not looking past the team event to their own individual competition later on.

"Tessa and I take the team event very seriously. There's an Olympic medal on the line. We're really trying to lead our team and set a good example. We're disappointed that we didn't have the skate we wanted tonight, but we're still very happy."

Davis and White have been unbeatable in recent months, including a narrow victory over Virtue and Moir at the 2013-2014 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in December.

The Canadian pair skated well enough to push past the Russian duo and temporarily grab the top spot, but the Americans, the final group to skate, performed a solid routine that vaulted them to the top of the standings.

Russia still leads the overall competition with 47 points. Canada sits second with 41 points, and the Americans occupy third place with 34 points.

 

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