PyeongChang 2018: Virtue, Moir win gold in ice dance

When the Canadian ice dancing team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lost the 2014 Olympic gold medal to their American training mates – Charlie White and Meryl Davis – they retired.

But the loss stung.  After just two seasons away, Virtue and Moir (who had won the 2010 gold medal on their home turf) switched coaches and aimed to regain the top spot in PyeongChang.

Photos & Videos: PyeongChang 2018: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir – 2018 Gold Medalists
all photos and videos by Yuan-Kwan Chan / Meniscus Magazine

That they did ahead of silver medalists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, and the American sibling team of Maia and Alex Shibutani, who made history as the first Asian or Asian American pairing to win a medal in Olympic ice dancing.  Virtue and Moir also became the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history, although it should be noted that two of their five medals were won in the mixed team event, which was not introduced to the Games until 2014.

Photos: PyeongChang 2018: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron – 2018 Silver Medalists
all photos by Yuan-Kwan Chan / Meniscus Magazine


Photos & Videos: PyeongChang 2018: Maia & Alex Shibutani – 2018 Bronze Medalists
all photos and videos by Yuan-Kwan Chan / Meniscus Magazine

Since their performances in South Korea a year ago, Virtue and Moir have re-retired from the amateur ranks.  Papadakis and Cizeron have unveiled new programs for the 2018-2019 season, winning their fifth consecutive European Figure Skating Championships title last week in Minsk.  The Shibutanis have taken this season off, continuing to build on their popular social media presence, attending entertainment events across the world, and serving as ambassadors for their sport.

Results – Figure Skating: Ice Dance (Top 10)
information from the official PyeongChang 2018 website

Rank Team  Country Short Dance Score Free Dance Score
1 VIRTUE Tessa / MOIR Scott  Canada 83.67 122.40
2 PAPADAKIS Gabriella / CIZERON Guillaume  France 25:20.8 +20.3
3 SHIBUTANI Maia / SHIBUTANI Alex  USA 25:32.4 +31.9
4 HUBBELL Madison / DONOHUE Zachary  USA 25:32.4 +31.9
5 BOBROVA Ekaterina / SOLOVIEV Dmitri  Olympic Athlete from Russia 25:35.7 +35.2
6 CAPPELLINI Anna / LANOTTE Luca  Italy 25:50.3 +49.8
7 WEAVER Kaitlyn / POJE Andrew  Canada 26:06.0 +1:05.5
8 GILLES Piper / POIRIER Paul  Canada 26:07.8 +1:07.3
9 CHOCK Madison / BATES Evan  USA 26:16.1 +1:15.6
10 GUIGNARD Charlene / FABBRI Marco  Italy 26:24.8 +1:24.3


Photos & Video: PyeongChang 2018: Figure Skating Ice Dance Venue Ceremony
all footage by Yuan-Kwan Chan / Meniscus Magazine