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U.S. ice dancers Davis and White earn historic Olympic gold

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White USA Figure Skating category dance during the victory ceremony after winning their gold medal on ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013 in London, Ontario [Wikimedia Commons photo]

SOCHI, Russia — The team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first Olympics ice dancing gold medal ever for the United States.

Davis and White, who is Jewish, finished Monday with a score of 195.52 in Sochi, Russia, to edge the 2010 gold medalists, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. The Americans took the silver at the Vancouver Games to their training partners and longtime rivals.

On Monday, Davis and White scored a world record 116.63 in the free program, which they danced to music from “Scheherazade,” following up their world mark of 78.89 a day earlier in the short dance.

Davis, 27, and White, 26, both from Royal Oak, Mich., have been paired together since they were about 10 years old.
 


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