Rivalry creates rapturous ice dancing and the Queen out of her mind happy with her skating

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Russian ice dancer Dmitri Soloviev is interviewed in the media centre after winning a bronze medal Saturday with partner Ekateriana Bobrova

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were the best skaters in the ice dancing competition at the World Figure Skating Championships, but Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White were the better performers.

Virtue and Moir’s athleticism, strength and entangled lifts were magnificent. Virtue was like a lithe whip that Moir swung around so quickly and forcefully you almost couldn’t believe the pair were on skates.

Davis and White were the consummate performers. They put so much feeling into every move it felt like we were transported to France in their passionate Notre Dame de Paris number.

The combination of their artistry and strong elements gave the U.S. team the edge in the competition Saturday as they captured gold. Virtue and Moir settled for silver.

It’s hard to know if we will see ice dancing like this again for some time after the 2014 Olympics, where it is likely the skating teams will retire after each being together 17 years at that point.

What is known is that the rivalry has created stunningly rapturous ice dancing.

Davis said if they weren’t exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally after their performance, then she and White weren’t doing their job.

Virtue said Saturday’s free skate was the best they’ve done this year. “We are so happy to end the season on a high note. Sochi is coming up quick, we are looking forward to next season. This is a great building block.”

The women followed the ice dancing in Budweiser Gardens. Yuna Kim of South Korea, known as Queen Yuna, easily claimed her second world title, to go with her Olympic gold.

She completed each element – every difficult jump and spin and intricate step – with finesse.

There was no question early in her program that this is a competitor for the ages. Such confidence is rarely seen in the women.

Her grey dress with sequins and jewels sparkled underneath the lights and she looked like a comet shooting through to the stratosphere of figure skating. “I was out of my mind, I don’t know what to say. I am just happy,” the 22-year-old Kim said.

Everyone else was out of their minds too after her routine.

Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond, 17, finished eighth but was thrilled to be in the Top 10. “Even last week, I was like, ‘OK. Maybe come Top 10. Let’s see if it can happen.'”

She fell twice while attempting jumps but otherwise had a good program for her first world championships.

Her coach Ravi Walia said Osmond was able to stay calm despite the huge stage. “The first half of the program was amazing. That tells me she wasn’t unraveled or nervous. I think..she was just a little bit tired at the end. I think she has a really bright future ahead of her.”

Carolina Kostner of Italy was second and Mao Asada of Japan won bronze.


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