Canadian Champs Spark Ice Dancing Revolution


Three decades of European dominance ended in ice dancing as Canadian pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claimed Olympic gold, becoming the first North American team to win the event.


At 20 and 22, respectively, Virtue and Moir are the youngest champions ever in the event, and their victory after a mesmerizing free dance Monday marked only the third time since ice dancing became an Olympic sport in 1976 that a Russian team did not win gold.


The two join Great Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (1984) and French duo Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat (2002) as the only non-Russian ice-dancing victors.


This time, Russians and reigning world champions Oksana Domnina and Maksim Shabalin, whose Aboriginal-inspired costumes were widely denounced as insensitive, earned bronze. Their medals continue a Russian streak on the podium that also dates back to 1976.


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