North American skating stars win gold and silver as they dance like Ginger and Fred on ice

How sweet that ice dancing stars chose romantic songs from the age of Rogers and Astaire and Lerner and Lowe for their routines with two showstoppers from My Fair Lady a perfect soundtrack for the American stars Meryl Davis and Charlie White as they set a world record of 78.89 points for their short program at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Performing to I Could Have Danced All Night and I’m Getting Married in the Morning, Davis and White achieved a 2½-point lead over their rivals from Canada, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who were the reigning Olympic champions.

Virtue and Moir, who danced to Dream a Little Dream of Me and Cheek to Cheek, have been described as “Fred and Ginger on ice”.

The event took place on Sunday but was telecast in Australia on Monday 17 February.

After the free skate event the following day, Davis and White won the ice dancing gold medal, with silver going to Virtue and Moir and bronze to the Russians, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov.

Ice dancing has made such giant leaps forward since the last winter Olympics to become one of the most graceful and exhilarating events in the games and an amalgam of physical daring and skill and artistic expression.

It’s clear that the training of these two competing couples, who both have the same Russian coach, includes cardio fitness, Pilates and ballet.

The only unpleasant aspect of Olympic-level ice skating is the continuing rumours of inconsistent and odd judging – a subject too complex to go into here.

One Comment

  1. Robert Woodley
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Hi Valerie
    The Australian pair were also great fun dancing to a circus theme. They knew their audience and got them clapping along to Entry of the Gladiators. For a non-frozen country they came a creditable 20th!
    Robert

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White, photo © Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, photo © Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, short program, Winter Olympics 2014, photo Damien Meyer: AFP: Getty Image

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, short program, Winter Olympics 2014, photo Damien Meyer: AFP: Getty Image

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, photo © Yuri Kadobnov, AFP/Getty Images

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, photo © Yuri Kadobnov, AFP/Getty Images

Charlie White and Meryl Davis, free dance, photo © AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Charlie White and Meryl Davis, free dance, photo © AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, photo © Jean Levac/Postmedia News

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, photo © Jean Levac/Postmedia News