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The Battle for Gold: While Davis and White are the gold-medal favorites at the Sochi Games, it’s not by all that much. The most-decorated American ice dancers in history once again face a significant challenge from Canada’s Virtue and Moir, the pair that bested them in the 2010 Vancouver Games.
An Olympic gold medal is the only significant accomplishment that has escaped the six-time national champions, and their quest to remedy that in Russia will not only be one of the biggest stories surrounding the U.S. Olympic figure skating team, but for the entire American squad in Sochi.
Given that, their showdown with the Canucks will make headlines that don’t often come the way of Olympic ice dancing.
Will Ice Dancing Deliver Only U.S. Figure Skating Medal?: With the relative uncertainty and inexperience on the ladies and men’s U.S. figure skating teams, as well the fierce competition in international pairs, the medal that is sure to come from Davis and White is essentially the only one the American squad can safely count on in the Sochi Games.
The United States has captured at least one individual or team medal in the past 17 Winter Olympics, and the ice dancing team is its best, and maybe only, hope to continue that streak in Russia.
Davis and White certainly have their own ambitions to consider and pursue, but their role toward the overall greater good of this less-than-accomplished Olympic figure skating team can’t be overstated.
Is There a Second Medal-Winning Pair on the Team?: The medal promise of Davis and White is well documented; so the next logical question is whether Chock and Bates or the “Shib Sibs” are up to the challenge of delivering a silver- or bronze-medal performance in Sochi.
Assuming Virtue and Moir join the dominant U.S. pair on the Olympic medal podium in one capacity or another, it leaves a single spot available for another team. Considering their strong showings in Boston this weekend, it’s reasonable to consider the U.S. silver and bronze medalists as contenders for that spot.
While both dance pairs lack Olympic experience, they have the chemistry and talent to make a significant breakthrough if things come together in Sochi.