Sunday, December 11, 2011
Meryl Davis, Charlie White win ice dance
QUEBEC CITY -- World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States won the ice dance Sunday at the ISU Grand Prix Final.
The Americans skated to a flowing waltz of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss and scored 112.38 points in the free dance for a total of 188.55.
"It felt really good out there, we really like this free dance a lot, it's just comfortable, we don't feel like we have to try too hard in certain parts, or take it easy in anything, it suits our skating style," White said. "I think we're just able to get in the mood and it just comes naturally."
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canada's Olympic ice dance champions, took the silver, scoring 112.33 in the free dance for 183.34 overall. But they were disappointed with the finish.
"We're not happy, we felt like we laid down a good skate and in our opinions a good enough skate to win and obviously we're missing something," Moir said.
"It's tough to swallow, especially when Tessa and I have had probably our best fall to date and this is the best start of a season that we've had. It was a little easier to swallow when we weren't doing the training or Tessa was in pain, but now that everything's a go, it's a bitter pill to swallow."
Virtue and Moir were gunning for their first Grand Prix Final title. They skipped the Grand Prix two of the previous three seasons after Virtue twice underwent surgery on her lower legs.
"There won't be any problem with motivation for the rest of the year," Moir said. "It's bulletin board material now."
Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France were third with a 169.69 total.
About 10,000 fans attended the Final. Saturday's events drew about 2,800 to the 3,234-seat venue, while 2,400 turned out to watch Sunday's ice dance.