Team USA Gets Bronze In Ice Dancing - All Thanks To Shibutani Siblings

Team USA Gets Bronze In Ice Dancing - All Thanks To Shibutani Siblings

Darren Sullivan
February 22, 2018

They sure made it a memorable one.

In what is nearly certainly their final appearance on the world stage, the Vancouver 2010 champions looked destined for silver after French rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke their own free dance (123.35) and combined mark with a 205.28 effort. Every movement was synchronized, every element raw and emotional, and the only question left at the end was whether it would be enough.

The victory marked the Canadian figure skaters, who won gold at Vancouver 2010, as the second pair to win two Olympic golds in this event, after Russians Pasha Grishuk and Evgeniy Platov's achievement in 1994 and 1998.

They finished it off exactly how they had imagined.

"That's such a compliment that you feel that when you watch us skate".

"We're not really writing about them".

They were actually the last team to join the mix.

The Shibutani siblings earned Team USA another bronze medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"Amazing. It was a special moment to come out last", said Virtue.

Alex and Maia Shibutani got a score of 114.86 for their free dance in the ice dancing competition, which bumped them up to third place. "We did four performances on Olympic ice we can be so proud of, and we got two Olympic medals (including the team)".

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The ice-dancing champions have insisted that their two-decade-long partnership has been purely athletic, but that has not stopped fan-fiction enthusiasts from writing their own versions of the duo's gold-medal love story.

They're certainly going out on top after carrying the Canadian flag into the opening ceremonies and winning gold in both of their competitions.

Papadakis and Cizeron were the new rivals on the scene, bringing a fresh, contemporary style that had won the judges over.

The pressure was unbearable but Virtue and Moir showed no signs of buckling, skating out a flawless routine to Roxanne from Moulin Rouge in what may well be their last hurrah on the world stage. They held things together despite the wardrobe malfunction and scored 81.93 points, and now will rely on their stronger free dance Tuesday to track down the leaders.

Now, they're being called the greatest ice dancers ever.

Their score of 123.35 points was exactly what they needed to make a case for gold.

Virtue, in a flowing red dress, and Moir, in all black, debuted the program on October 29 at Regina's Brandt Centre - to roaring applause and plenty of goosebumps. The throaty, gritty portion of "El Tango de Roxanne" had the crowd roaring, and the finishing lift was a fitting conclusion to an exemplary performance.

The Shibutanis, who helped the US win team bronze, overcame a shaky start to their performance with a strong second half, including a breathtaking rotational lift to finish. Their total of 192.59 points made up the two-hundredths of a point they trailed teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, leaving them fourth.

The third American team, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, also was within sight of the podium after the short dance. But a rare and stunning fall entering their combination spin was enough to damage an otherwise handsome performance to "Imagine" that still drew an emotional applause.