Virtue and Moir set ice dancing world record at 2018 Winter Olympics

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Phil Birnbaum, Wikimedia Commons)

Teesa Vuirtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario set a world record in ice dancing on Sunday (Monday in Pyeongchang) at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.  Virtue and Moir recorded the best score ever in the ice dance short program as they posted a total segment score of 83.67 points.

However Virtue and Moir just broke their own world record. They held the old world record, which was set at the 2017 Skate Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan when they posted a score of 82.68.

Virtue and Moir’s top rivals, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France are in second place with a score of 81.93 points. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States are in third place with a score of 77.75 points.

Virtue and Moir are on the podium by 5.94 points over Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani. A medal is certainly a lock for Virtue and Moir, but not a gold medal. They will face a very stiff challenge from Papadakis and Cizeron, who have a more difficult free ice dance planned from a technical standpoint than Virtue and Moir.

Virtue and Moir were significantly better in the ice dance short program at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang than they were at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Four years ago they struggled with their twizzles and only posted a short program score of 76.33 points, 7.34 less points than they had on Sunday.



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