Olympic Figure Skating 2014: Live Scores and Analysis of Ice Dance Free Dance

Carol Schram@pool88Featured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2014

Darron Cummings/AP Images

It came down to the wire, but 16 years of hard work together finally paid off for ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States.

As a sport, ice dance is full of grace, elegance and romance, but there's no denying the long-time red-hot rivalry between training partners Davis and White against Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.

The Canadians won the gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, but the U.S. team had won the last five head-to-head competitions between the two heading into these Olympic Games.

After a fabulous short program, gold for Davis and White was all but assured. Then a calm and composed Virtue and Moir skated a world-record free dance, dropping the gauntlet.

In the end, Davis and White were able to rise to the occasion with a world record score of their own. They captured the gold medal on the strength of their athleticism and their newfound artistry.

The two other American teams were able to hold their positions after the short program. Madison Chock and Evan Bates finished in eighth place, while Maia and Alex Shibutani were ninth.

Final Results: Ice Dance

Gold - Meryl Davis and Charlie White - United States - 195.52

Silver - Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - Canada - 190.99

Bronze - Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov - Russia - 183.48