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Third doping scandal hits Games, overshadows magic on ice

21 February 2018

But ice dancing gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir aren't a romantic pair, they say, much to the disappointment of everyone who has ever watched them skate. "That was the story we were telling, so I'm happy that you fell in love with that". Their character-driven, passionate performance to "Moulin Rouge!" even has an endorsement from the film's director, Baz Luhrmann.

"We don't know what the future holds quite yet but it definitely feels like we're getting close to the end of our career", Moir told OBS, the official Olympics broadcaster. "No matter what happens, we get our four minutes and we wanted to make sure we took full advantage of it", Moir said.

So it was only natural that when the Canadians chose to come out of retirement in 2016 after two seasons off, they made a decision to join the couple that would become their closest rivals, France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

Before them, French duo Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron rebounded from a wardrobe malfunction to take the lead in the long program with a 205.28, the highest score ever in free dance, according to NBC. It's the first Olympic ice dance medal for France since 2002.

The US women, who haven't won Olympic gold in 20 years, smashed Finland 5-0 in the other semi-final.

"This was the most incredible moment for us today", Maia Shibutani said. "It's a really warm feeling".

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"We're going to wait until the dust settles after the Olympic Games", said Moir.

"We thought that was a good enough skate to win us an Olympic title but you never know in this sport, you never know".

In bronze, nearly 13 points behind, came American brother and sister Maia and Alex Shibutani.

The 28-year-old Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, 30, from Ilderton, Ont., are two of Canada's most recognizable Olympians, and have been melting hearts since they won gold in Vancouver.

"The way Tessa moves her upper body, which is kind of what ice dancing is all about for us".

"No, I think in Sochi we truly believed that was it - and we were comfortable with that". "It's unbelievable. I am so proud of the way we fought through this week and the season".

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The "Shib Sibs" are the first brother-sister ice dance team to win a figure skating medal at the Olympics since France's Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay took silver in 1992.

He added: "We gave our all, that's why we were so emotional on the ice at the end".

There are three American teams in medal contention, including reigning national champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who were third after the short dance.

French rival Marie Martinod wiped out on her final run and finished second after Sharpe produced a top score of 95.80 on her second effort, celebrated by raising her hands behind her head in a bunny-ear sign as she crossed the line backwards.

Virtue and Moir also made history with a world-record overall score of 206.07. They put on a program that former ice dancer Meryl Davis described as "art in motion" - their lifts were effortless, choreographed elements smooth and synchronised twizzles as if they were tied together. "It was a real rollercoaster of emotions", Dubreuil said.

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Third doping scandal hits Games, overshadows magic on ice