Winter Olympics Figure Skating 2014: Ice Dancing Preview and Medals Prediction

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2014

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States perform their free dance in the ice dance portion of the team figure skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Sochi. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
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There is no more dominant sport in the Winter Olympics in terms of coverage and attention than figure skating, and the 2014 version in Sochi is no different.

Competitions in pairs, ice dancing, ladies’ and men’s are still looming, and the team event is already in the rearview mirror. Russia took home the gold, Canada claimed the silver and the United States captured the bronze.

While the U.S. had a number of impressive performances on its way to the bronze medal, it was ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White who turned in the best efforts.

But White was more than happy to deflect the credit to his teammates:

If White and Davis skate like they did in the team competition during their ice dancing event, they will take home the gold medal. Here is the schedule for that competition:


Ice Dance Short Dance

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 7 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT


Ice Dance Free Dance 

Date: Monday, Feb. 17

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT  

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT


So who will be taking home the medals in the ice dancing in Sochi? Let’s dig into some medal predictions.


Figure Skating Ice Dancing Medals Predictions

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, United States: gold

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canada: silver 

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, France: bronze


There was no doubt who the best ice dancers were during the team competition. Davis and White, who are the defending world champions in ice dancing, posted the top scores in both the short and free dances. If NBC analyst Scott Hamilton was to be believed, they sent a message to the rest of the field (via Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press):

I would say it sends a message. I don’t think Scott and Tessa were at their best. But it shows Charlie and Meryl are prepared and ready to take on anybody here. I think, with Scott and Tessa, skating stronger performances, they will be closer. The fact that the score was so high sends a message that Charlie and Meryl are the favorites to win. 

While Davis and White are the clear favorites, they took home the silver medal in the Vancouver Games in 2010. Expect the pair to bring even more focus to the ice because they fell short of the gold four years ago.

While the Americans have the momentum from the team competition, the world championships and a victory in the most recent Grand Prix finals, their training partners from Canada (who share a coach and practice rink) represent a formidable opposition.

Paul Chiasson/Associated Press

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took home the gold in Vancouver, which ended a lengthy streak of European control on the event.

Yes, the Americans have the recent success under their collective belt, but Virtue and Moir are no strangers to the podium. In addition to the Olympic gold, the Canadians have won medals at six straight world championships (two golds, three silvers and one bronze) and are the one team that have the technical merit to challenge Davis and White.

Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press

While the primary headline for the ice dancing event is the battle for gold between the North American squads, there is another medal to hand out.

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France will claim the bronze. They may not have the skill that the Americans and Canadians do, but they bring their own impressive level of grace to the table and will capture an Olympic medal.


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