Davis and White on target for U.S. gold

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 16, 2014 2:21 PM

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Meryl Davis and Charlie White once again raised the bar as their spectacular performance on Sunday to a medley of songs from 'My Fair Lady' put them within striking distance of becoming the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title.

Davis and White have made a habit of breaking their world record scores and proved it again as they beat Canadian training partners and Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir with a score of 78.89.

A week after what Moir described as getting "smoked" by their rivals in the team competition, when they were blown away by nearly 10 points, the Canadians produced a far more polished performance to earn 76.33.

The side-by-side twizzles that had gone so spectacularly out of sync eight days ago were spot on and they finished their jazz-infused display to a medley of songs by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with a flourish, with Virtue lying on her back across a spinning Moir's shoulders.

They were visibly overjoyed with their routine and an excited Moir lifted Virtue off the ice as soon as they had completed their final pose.

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But their hopes of ending Davis and White's 22-month unbeaten streak took a hit when the scores flashed up to show that the Americans will carry a 2.56 point cushion into Monday's free dance.

Russia Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov are third with 73.04.

(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Gene Cherry)