Davis, White capture ice dancing gold medal


Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White have won the Olympic gold in ice dance. It's the first Olympic title in the event for the United States.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 champions, took silver. Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov captured bronze.

Davis and White won silver in Vancouver, but in the four years since have overtaken the Canadians, their training partners in Detroit.

The Americans scored 116.63 points in the free dance to finish with 195.52, 4.53 ahead of Virtue and Moir.

After a near-flawless performance to "Sheherazade," Davis rested her head on White's back in exhausted elation.

Short dance

The skating duo won the Olympic short dance Sunday, to put them one performance away from a gold medal.

The reigning world champions earned 78.89 points and lead 2010 gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada by 2.56. The two teams train together in the Detroit area.

Virtue and Moir rebounded from a shaky performance in the team event with a much stronger showing. But Davis and White, skating last, danced across the ice at a different speed from the rest of the field.

A Russian team was in third, but it wasn't world bronze medalists Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev. Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov were 3.29 points behind Virtue and Moir.

Video from NBC Olympics:

Davis and White: Ice dance to world record

Davis and White set a personal best in short program

Other Olympics news:

Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller allowed the United States to come away with two medals in the men's super-G at Sochi.

The 36-year-old Miller tied for the bronze to become the oldest Olympics Alpine medalist. It's his sixth medal over 12 years of Olympic competition. Weibrecht claimed silver after capturing bronze in Vancouver four years ago. He's suffered through a number of surgeries and lost his sponsorship from the U.S. ski team since then.

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud won the gold medal.

In other Olympics news, the U.S. men's hockey team completed a perfect 3-0 run through the opening round with a 5-1 win over Slovenia.  Phil Kessel recorded the first American hat trick in the Olympics since 2002.  

Ryan Miller lost his shutout bid with 17.6 seconds left in the game.  He made 17 saves in his Sochi debut. The Americans finished atop Group A and earned an automatic spot in the quarterfinals.

Drew Doughty's second goal of the game gave Canada a 2-1 overtime win against Finland and the Group B title. Both teams earned berths into the semifinals.

Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in a shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, and Russia beat Slovakia 1-0.  Russia will play Norway in the qualifying round.

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