Olympic Figure Skating 2018: Live Updates, Medal Results of Ice Dance Free Dance
A brilliant ice dancing event has drawn to a close at the 2018 Winter Olympics, with a gold medal for 2010 champs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France placed first in the free dance but will settle for silver, while the U.S. brother-sister team of Maia and Alex Shibutani wins bronze. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States finished fourth, while Madison Chock and Evan Bates settled for ninth place after a fall in their free dance.
- February 20, 2018
That's double gold for the Canadian flag-bearers Virtue and Moir, who also finished first with Canada in the team event.
All told, the team has now won five Olympic medals—three of them gold.
Virtue and Moir score 122.40.
That's half a point below Papadakis and Cizeron, but their cushion from the short dance means it's enough to win!
What an event!
Triumphant performance from the Canadians, who will go out on a high note no matter what their score.
Technical marks are right there with the French team. Who will win gold?
Finishing off the performance, the Canadian team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
The 2010 gold medalists came out of retirement to skate in these Olympics and were leading after the short program.
They'll need a score that exceeds 121.62 to capture the gold medal.
Alex and Maia Shibutani Are Guaranteed at Least a Bronze Medal!
Madison keeps it together, but Zach is devastated!
The score of 109.94 is five points below the Shibutanis and moves them into third place, with one couple left to go.
But First—Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue Make Their Case for a Bronze Medal.
So different from the Shibutani siblings, they bring the heat with their free dance, skated to "I Put a Spell on You."
Down to the Wire!
That score of 123.35 is a season best for the French team. It's also five points better than the season best for Virtue and Moir, who had just a two-point cushion after the short program.
After her wardrobe malfunction last night, Gabriella is buttoned up to the neck in her royal blue gown tonight.
Up Now, the Reigning World Champions!
Papadakis and Cizeron of France are expected to challenge Virtue and Moir for the gold medal.
The Shibutanis score 114.85, three points better than the Russians in the free dance.
That moves them into first place with a score of 192.59!
Honest and Pure. Well Done!
The young Shibutanis also break down as their routine winds to a close.
Their technical scores are better than the Russians. Will that be enough to move them into first place?
The Italians score 108.34, a couple of points below their season best.
They look unimpressed as they slot into second place behind the Russian couple.
Luca and Anna finished sixth in 2014 in Sochi.
Their technical score falls just below the total of the current leaders. Will this be enough for them to move up in what's expected to be their final Olympic Games?
So Much on the Line Right Now!
Rachael McKriger @RachaelMcKriger
Lots of good skaters in this last group: Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (Italy) Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA) Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (France) Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue (USA) Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (Canada) #Olympics #FigureSkating
Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of the Olympic Athletes from Russia skate a very classic story-telling routine to finish off this flight.
The couple was sixth after the short program and outscored the Canadians Weaver and Poje in technical elements. They look legitimately overcome by emotion as they collapse to the ice at the end of their routine.
A Big Gulp from Evan as the Scores Come Up.
Chock and Bates earn 100.13—12 points off their season best.
That puts them in third for the night so far and drops them to sixth overall.
Other than the miscue, the performance was lovely.
Madison and Evan were carrying a big message of peace with their skate to John Lennon's "Imagine."
You don't see falls very often in ice dance, but Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States just crashed as they tried to enter their spin.
What a shocker!
It's a 107.65 for Weaver and Poje.
It's enough to move them into first place for now, but it falls short of their season best score of 112.54.
Considering how emotional they were during their performance, their response to those numbers was—shall we say—muted?
All the Feels! 💖
So much emotion from Kaitlyn and Andrew as their program concludes.
Will Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje be able to feed off the momentum of their Canadian teammates?
Their emotional routine is skated to "Je Suis Malade," by Lara Fabian.
The Judges Agree.
A score of 101.96 puts Coomes and Buckland in third place in the free dance and third overall.
Coomes and Buckland skated well, but their routine felt a little flat after the thrill-job from the Canadians right before them.
Program order can be a game-changer!
Ready for more music from Muse?
Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Great Britain bring us another dose as they begin.
A Squeal from Piper as the Scores Come Up!
107.31 crushes their season best.
It's also the best of the night so far, and moves the Canadian team into first place overall.
Gilles and Poirier look divine as they strike the opening pose for their James Bond routine.
This Third Flight Begins with the Battle of the Blondes.
Canada's Piper Gilles will get us started with her partner Paul Poirier.
They'll be followed by Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Great Britain.
The Third Flight Will Begin in About 15 Minutes.
We'll see the first of the three American teams in this group. Madison Chock and Evan Bates were seventh after the short dance and will skate fourth.
Their score of 101.40 is a season's best for the Spanish team!
It's good for second place in today's event and second overall, five points behind the leaders Guignard and Fabbri.
The technical details were on point, and the performance was emotional and engaging.
Sara and Kirill were 12th after their short dance. They should challenge for the lead here.