Olympic Ice Dancing 2014: Ice Dance Short Results, Point Standings and Recap

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Olympic Ice Dancing 2014: Ice Dance Short Results, Point Standings and Recap
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Part of the always popular figure skating discipline at the Games, ice dancing at the 2014 Winter Olympics is one step closer to awarding a medal after the short dance event on Day 9 in Sochi.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are favorites going into the free dance medal round, as the pair outscored the 24-team field by earning a world-record total of 78.89 from the judges.

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir came in second with a score of 76.33, while Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov earned third-place honors with a 73.04 on Sunday.

Let’s take a look at how every team scored during its short dance performance, plus recap the top performances and preview Monday’s free dance competition.

 

Scores

Short Dance Ice Dance Results - 2014 Winter Olympics
Place Country Name Total Segment Score
1 USA Meryl Davis, Charlie White - Q 78.89
2 CAN Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir - Q 76.33
3 RUS Elena Ilinykh, Nikita Katsalapov - Q 73.04
4 FRA Nathalie Pechalat, Fabian Bourzat - Q 72.78
5 RUS Ekaterina Bobrova, Dmitri Soloviev- Q 69.97
6 ITA Anna Cappellini, Luca Lanotte - Q 67.58
7 CAN Kaitlyn Weaver, Andrew Poje - Q 65.93
8 USA Madison Chock, Evan Bates - Q 65.46
9 USA Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani - Q 64.47
10 GER Nelli Zhiganshina, Alexander Gazsi - Q 60.91
11 GBR Penny Coomes, Nicholas Buckland - Q 59.33
12 ESP Sara Hurtado, Adrian Diaz - Q 58.58
13 FRA Pernelle Carron, Lloyd Jones - Q 58.25
14 AZE Julia Zlobina, Alexei Sitnikov - Q 58.15
15 ITA Charlene Guignard, Marco Fabbri- Q 58.14
16 RUS Victoria Sinitsina, Ruslan Zhiganshin - Q 58.01
17 LTU Isabella Tobias, Deividas Stagniunas - Q 56.40
18 CAN Alexandra Paul, Mitchell Islam - Q 55.91
19 GER Tanja Kolbe, Stefano Caruso - Q 54.43
20 AUS Danielle O'Brien, Gregory Merriman - Q 52.68
21 JPN Cathy Reed, Chris Reed 52.29
22 TUR Alisa Agafonova, Alper Ucar 49.84
23 CHN Xintong Huang, Xun Zheng 48.96
24 UKR Siobhan Heekin-Canedy, Dmitri Dun 41.90

Q = Qualified. Sochi2014.com

 

Recap

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Ilinykh and Katsalapov represented host nation Russia with a brilliant routine. The pair skated 20th out of 24 competitors and was better than all but two.

In fact, they could have scored even higher had Ilinykh not stumbled a bit during the performance. Regardless, they gave an amazing performance, set to quickstep and foxtrot music, and really clicked with the judges.

Their opening score of 73.04 makes them a favorite to land on the podium during Monday’s ceremony. However, they will have some stiff competition from these next two teams.

Virtue and Moir came out 18th and dazzled the crowd with a performance the rest of the field would find tough to top.

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The Canadian superstar duo had no issues with its twizzles on Sunday, something it struggled with in the team event, according to Lori Ewing of The Canadian Press:

Virtue and Moir were locked in while performing to the foxtrot, quickstep and foxtrot again, moving in sync with ease. The judges weren’t as impressed as the crowd, though, awarding a score of 76.33 for their efforts.

The CBC Olympic Twitter feed posted a photo of the pair as their score was announced:

Christine Brennan of USA Today noted that score was over a point short of their best mark of the season:

It was, however, the highest score of the day up until that point and would not be topped until this next pair came out onto the ice.

Davis and White were simply perfect with the pressure on. They skated last and knew they needed to best Virtue and Moir’s score to get in position for the gold in the next leg of the event.

It was a flawless routine that left the crowd stunned, as NBC Sports announcer Johnny Weir commented during the broadcast that he didn’t even need to say anything during the dance, letting the performance speak for itself.

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The judges agreed that what they had just witnessed was nothing short of spectacular and doled out a record score of 78.89, a mark that will be tough for any of the other nine teams to best, barring an absolute meltdown during the free dance.

Davis and White have been at the top of this sport for years and appear poised to dominate yet another event in Sochi.

 

What’s Next

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The much-anticipated free dance portion of the ice dance event is set to start at 10 a.m. ET Monday and will feature the top 20 teams from Sunday’s short dance looking to put on a show and impress the judges enough to earn a coveted medal.

White and Davis will be heavy favorites to earn the gold, but White does not believe his team is a lock to reach the top of the podium. On Friday, he told Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News

There’s no shoo-in, nothing like that. It’s a real competition and that’s the way we like it. The new scoring system made it very competitive. Anyone can rise to the top. You have to skate great if you want to win.

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The pair won silver in this event at Vancouver four years ago and is looking to finally push past the rest of the competition and win the gold. If Sunday's performance is any indication, White and Davis are well on their way.   

Virtue and Moir will be their biggest competition, but they will have to make up ground after falling 2.56 points short of the first-place mark set today. It’s going to be a great battle, so make sure you tune in on Day 10 to catch the thrilling conclusion of the ice dance event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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