SOCHI, Russia -- The partnership between the world's best ice dancers has lasted longer than many marriages and it has been a well-paced marathon. Meryl Davis, 27, and Charlie White, 26, have held hands and moved forward together for 17 years now.
And on Monday evening, they achieved their last unfulfilled goal: an Olympic gold medal.
The reigning world champs scored 116.63 points in Monday's free dance to finish with 195.52 overall to become the first Americans to win an ice dance gold medal.
The pair finished 4.53 ahead of 2010 champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, who train with Davis and White in Detroit under Russian coach Marina Zoueva.
"We wanted to fight for the best performance we could give and we did that. You dream of this for so long, work so hard, and they worked hard, too," White said, referring to Virtue and Moir. "They always have been with us, pushing us, and we couldn't have done it without them."
Information from ESPN.com's Bonnie D. Ford and The Associated Press was used in this report.