Live Canada's Virtue and Moir skate for another gold tonight

Canadian duo lead ice dance competition by 1.74 points over French rivals

By CBC Sports

The stage is set for Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's Olympic finale.

The duo set a new world record in the short dance with a score of 83.67, putting them 1.74 points clear of their French rivals, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, ahead of tonight's free dance (8 p.m. ET).

Virtue and Moir held the previous record of 82.68 set at the Skate Canada International in 2017 and will be the 20th and final pair to take the ice.

Papadakis and Cizeron are making their Olympic debuts and remain within striking distance, despite a costume malfunction in the short program that saw Papadakis's dress come unhooked at the neck.

The French duo are no strangers to success on the big stage having won a pair of world championships in Virtue and Moir's absence and defeating the Canadians in last December's Grand Prix Final.

The fight for gold is between those two pairs, while bronze is up for grabs as just 3.42 points separate six teams, with Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue in third and Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in eighth.

The Toronto-based pair of Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier also qualified for the free dance in ninth place with a score of 69.60.